Oct 4, 2014

Blog Tour: Shadows Fall Away by Kit Forbes

Hello, shadows of the internet! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Kit Forbes's Shadows Fall Away (you can see all the stops on the tour here). If you're a fan of Jack the Ripper, you maaay want to check this book out. And lucky for you, I have all the info on Shadows Fall Away, some info on the author and where you can non-murderously stalk her, and a guest post about why Forbes wrote this book with some of the elements that she did. Plus there's a giveaway, so go ahead and take it all in, but don't go down any dark or shadowy alleys...

Guest Post
Here's Shadows Fall Away author Kit Forbes telling us what inspired her to write a novel set in the late 1800s--and with Jack the Ripper!

The main reason is that I’ve been fascinated with the late 19th century and England my entire life. Being the lover of all things paranormal I like to imagine that particular fascination ties into what Michael Talbot referred to as “resonance” in his excellent book on reincarnation—Your Past Lives.

As for including Jack the Ripper? I’m also a long time fan of mysteries and crime dramas. And the concept of no one knowing for certain who Jack was offers so many possibilities that are hard not to explore. A room full of writers would spin the unraveling of the mystery in so many different ways. I’ve always loved picking up books and watching movies and TV to see how others tackled the idea.

Also being a lover of wild conspiracy theories one of my favorite wild theories was that Jack was actually Queen Victoria’s grandson, The Duke of Clarence.  I first came upon that in a book called Prince Jack by Frank Spiering. The government cover up idea was also part of one of my favorite older movies Murder by Decree where Sherlock Holmes and Watson tackle the crime.

And for a really neat take on Holmes vs Jack, The Last Sherlock Holmes Story by Michael Dibdin is one I highly recommend.

Ripper Street is one of the most recent offerings (that I believe is on Netflix). It takes place after the crimes stopped but Jack is still very much a lurking presence to the police inspector who was part of the original case. The show had fantastic visuals and I kept imaging mark and Genie moving through the same settings.


Title: Shadows Fall Away
Author: Kit Forbes
Publisher: Month 9 Books
Publishing Date: September 23, 2014
Pages: 300

Mark Stewart is one incident away from becoming a juvenile delinquent, and his parents have had enough. They ship Mark off to London England to stay with his eccentric aunt Agatha who is obsessed with all things Jack the Ripper. After a strange twist of luck, Mark is struck by lightning, and he wakes to find himself in 1888 Victorian London. 

His interest in a string of murders Scotland Yard has yet to solve make him a likely suspect. After all, why would a young boy like Mark know so much about the murders? Could he be the ripper they've been searching for? Convinced the only way to get back home is to solve the murders, Mark dives headfirst into uncovering the truth. 

Mark's only distraction comes in the form of the beautiful Genie Trembly, a girl who is totally out of his league and who may have already caught the attention of the infamous ripper. To save her, he'll endanger both their lives, and risk being trapped in the past forever.

Kit Forbes has been a lover of books, history, and all things paranormal for as long as she can remember. She lives in Western Pennsylvania with her youngest daughter and an assortment of cats who give new meaning to the world bizarre.

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1 comment:

  1. Sounds like an awesome read! I love history and I think it's great when authors put their own spin on historical events.


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