Book Review: The Black Midnight

Have you ever heard about the many theories of who Jack the Ripper actually was? Some thought it was a member of the royal family but it was never proven. The True Colors Series which fictionalizes true crime with a Christian perspective visits this topic with a royal lady Pinkerton detective and Texan in The Black Midnight.

The Black Midnight

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About the Book

Three years before Jack the Ripper began his murderous spree on the streets of London, women were dying in their beds as The Midnight Assassin terrorized the citizens of Austin, Texas. Now, with suspicion falling on Her Majesty’s family and Scotland Yard at a loss as to who the Ripper might be, Queen Victoria summons her great-granddaughter, Alice Anne von Wettin, a former Pinkerton agent who worked the unsolved Austin case, and orders her to discreetly form a team to look into the London matter.

The prospect of a second chance to work with Annie just might entice Isaiah Joplin out of his comfortable life as an Austin lawyer. If his theories are right, they’ll find the The Midnight Assassin and, by default, the Ripper. If they’re wrong, he and Annie are in a bigger mess than the one the feisty female left behind when she departed Austin under cover of darkness three years ago.

Can the unlikely pair find the truth of who is behind the murders before they are drawn into the killer’s deadly game? From Texas to London, the story navigates the fine line between truth and fiction as Annie and Isaiah ultimately find the hunters have become the hunted. 

My Review

The mystery aspect of The Black Midnight is really a backdrop to the romance between Annie/Alice, the royal turned Pinkerton detective, and Isaiah Joplin, another Pinkerton detective from Austin, Texas. She is forbidden to marry anyone outside of English society, so a Texan is way out of the question. Black Midnight is a society that operates in both America and the UK and they are on the trail of Jack the Ripper. Various suspects are investigated and there is a bit of a plot twist at the end. There are some heartwarming moments with Queen Victoria and with Annie being in Austin for Christmas.

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