London, 1863. Bridie Devine, the finest female detective of her age, is taking on her toughest case yet. Reeling from her last job and with her reputation in tatters, a remarkable puzzle has come her way. Christabel Berwick has been kidnapped. But Christabel is no ordinary child. She is not supposed to exist.As Bridie fights to recover the stolen child she enters a world of fanatical anatomists, crooked surgeons and mercenary showmen. Anomalies are in fashion, curiosities are the thing, and fortunes are won and lost in the name of entertainment. The public love a spectacle and Christabel may well prove the most remarkable spectacle London has ever seen.Things in Jars is an enchanting Victorian detective novel that explores what it is to be human in inhumane times....
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Things in Jars Reviews
So beautifully written and so full of all the things I love that I'm trying to stop myself from starting all over again. My colleagues might throttle me if I do (fair enough, I say! Time to share).
I love Jess Kidd's writing, The Hoarder was brilliant, this is better. Having sworn off buying books due to my extensive proof pile I'm off to break my own rule and buy "Himself" because I have no choice really.
Dark, charming, warm and occasionally tongue in cheek. There were poetic moments of "Under ...more
It’s 1863 and London’s foremost female detective, Bridie Devine, is feeling bereft following the outcome of her most recent case. She had been hired to find a missing boy and find him she did, only too late. Musing on death and despair and smoking a mind-expanding amount of Prudhoe’s Bronchial Balsam Blend while waiting in a churchyard in advance of inspecting a body found walled up in a crypt, Bridie is briefly baffled to observe that she’s not the only one enjoying a sneaky smoke: she has been ...more
So full of emotions to review now. Soon.
This was my first Jess Kidd novel but certainly won’t be my last. It surprised me with joy from the very first page. Told in a light, playful, elastic and honestly moving prose, it managed to walk on just the right side of whimsy (most of the time) and delivered character and atmosphere in spades.
Things In Jars is the story of Bridie Devine, part detective, part surgeon, who lives a quietly eccentric life with her housemaid Cora in 1860s London. She’s gets by removing warts and taking out teeth ...more
I loved reading Things in Jars. It had all the elements of a perfect Victorian-era detective novel.
We follow a female detective Bridie as she attempts to rescue the kidnapped child of a Lord Berwick. Throughout the journey, we meet some amazingly written characters such as Bridie's housekeeper/friend Cora, the ghost of a boxer who's in love with Bridie, and a villain that would keep you up at night.
I highly recommend reading Things in Jars not only because of its beautiful characters and story b ...more
My thanks to Canongate Books for an eARC via NetGalley of Jess Kidd’s ‘Things in Jars’, in exchange for an honest review. As I read a few days after its publication date, I elected to buy its audiobook edition and listen alongside reading the eARC.
I could not anticipate in advance how brilliant this novel would prove to be. When I requested it I had expected a fairly straightforward Victorian mystery not this amazingly quirky tale featuring a collection of incredible characters including a kicka ...more
Move over Sherlock, Bridie Devine is the new super sleuth in town and I adore her! Jess Kidd has created another dark and wonderful tale set in Victorian times that explores the disturbing disappearance of a young girl, who has been kept hidden away because she's 'different' - she feeds on snails, has an unusual appearance and is also said to possess powers. The family she is stolen from are never too forthcoming with details about her, so it's left to Bridie to uncover the dark story behind you ...more
A truly wonderful read. Had me crying and laughing. Victorian London is full of eccentrics and oddballs. Private investigator Bridie Devine is reeling from the failure of her last case. When she is approached to find the missing daughter of a baronet she jumps at the chance. But Christabel is no ordinary child. She has special abilities. So with her new sidekick the recently deceased Irish boxer Ruby Doyle in tow, she sets of for Maris house to discover the whereabouts of the child. Peopled with ...more