The Werewolf of Whitechapel by Susannah Rowntree

Murder, monsters…and a disreputable Victorian lady’s maid.

A killer stalks the grimy streets of Whitechapel—but Scotland Yard seems determined to turn a blind eye. With one look at her best friend’s corpse, Liz Sharp already knows the truth: the killer is a werewolf.

No one important will hold a werewolf accountable—after all, the monsters rule Europe. Certainly, no one will believe a werewolf victim like Liz: the very scars that make her determined to investigate Sal’s death also condemn her as the sort of female who’d sell her blood for easy money.

As it happens, Liz’s best hope for justice might well lie with her emotionally repressed employer, Princess May. Though the princess has connections with werewolf royalty, there’s no one else Liz can turn to. Certainly, she can’t risk trusting the irritatingly personable Inspector Short, who dogs her steps from the slums of Whitechapel to the palaces of St James.

But as corpses mount up, Liz discovers that no one is precisely who she thought: not Sal, not herself, and certainly not the werewolf.

Luckily, she has a few tricks hidden in the pockets of her trusty bloomers…

The first novel of Miss Sharp’s Monsters is a witty historical fantasy adventure, perfect for fans of The Parasol Protectorate or Pride and Prejudice and Zombies! Pick up The Werewolf of Whitechapel and join Miss Sharp on the uncanny streets of Victorian London…

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My Review

Set in an alternate Victorian era in London, this story is a whodunnit with werewolves as the suspects. Miss Sharp, the narrator who is telling the story from a future in which she is married with children, was the victim of a werewolf attack some time ago and has lost all memory of her life before she was attacked. She was found and treated by a hospital called St Botolph’s which takes in victims of vampires, sirens and werewolves and trains them to make the most of their new enhanced strength, thus allowing them to become bodyguards and ladies’ maids for members of the aristocracy. Miss Sharp accepts an offer of employment from Princess May who becomes engaged to the grandson of Queen Victoria.
Miss Sharp is a very brave and likeable character. Marked on her face by her werewolf attack she is sometimes mistaken as a woman willing to offer herself to such creatures for feeding and has learned to deal with the hostile opinions which accompany this idea. She is determined to get to the bottom of her old friend’s murder by werewolf attack and to protect other poor defenseless women in London. She is also keen to find out about her past and who she was attacked by. It is well known to the police that the German royalty are werewolves, but they are also “untouchable” by the police. In fact there are even clubs in SoHo in which they can satiate their bloodlust.
May is also a fully fleshed out character. Genteel and conditioned to be polite and respectful, she is equally able to stand up to those she thinks are protecting one particular werewolf from among her circle and bravely teams up with Miss Sharp on occasion. She is somewhat naive yet luckily she is safe since the werewolves would never attack someone who is a member of their own social strata.
The novel is fast paced and hard to put down, making it a fairly quick read. There is also a hint of “will they won’t they” romance and I thoroughly enjoyed one particular scene with Queen Victoria!
I found this book to be a highly enjoyable, light-hearted read.

About the Author

Hi! I’m Suzannah Rowntree – author of historical fantasy fiction. I live in a big house in rural Australia with my awesome parents and siblings, drinking fancy tea and writing historical fantasy fiction that blends real-world history with legend, adventure, and a dash of romance.

If you like the historical fantasy of Gail Carriger, S. A. Chakraborty or Naomi Novik, you’ll probably like my stories too!

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