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The Immortal Prudence Blackwood

af Stephanie Grey

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Justice watches from the shadows in this unique and suspenseful twist on a serial killer manhunt...Throughout history, the world has witnessed cruel, gruesome, and twisted murders at the hands of the most notorious serial killers. For those who were never caught--Jack the Ripper, the Atlanta Ripper, and the Cleveland Torso Murderer--their crimes will live on in infamy as their identities are forever chased, but never revealed.It's 1947 in Washington, D.C. and a dangerous murderer has boldly discarded two headless bodies nearby the White House and the Jefferson Memorial. With no leads, Detective Clive O'Reilly is feeling desperate. When a stranger convinces O'Reilly to join him at a local pub, he is treated to a wild tale about Prudence Blackwood, an immortal who seeks vengeance for those murdered by history's most notorious serial killers.Initially in disbelief over her existence, O'Reilly is surprised to discover that she's very real and she'll be assisting in the investigation.But Prudence has unorthodox methods. With the body count rising, O'Reilly will have to find a way to work with her to stop the most brutal killer in D.C.'s history before more victims are added to the list.… (mere)
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I received an advance review copy of this novel from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review and this is it.

I am not much of a fantasy reader, and I would classify this novel as a historical fantasy, but the plot line intrigued me. Prudence Blackwood, (the name makes me picture a romantic heroine standing on the fog shrouded moors of 19th Century England) is immortal and invulnerable to any conventional weapons. We really have no idea why, but this novel ends with a promise “to go back to the beginning” so I will table that inquiry until future installments, which I will definitely be ready to read.

To use a baseball analogy (which usually ticks off my friends from across the pond—so I keep doing it), this novel is like finding a 19 year old pitcher who throws in the upper 90’s and also has a plus curve and change-up. The extended potential is off the charts. Ms. Blackwood (now I am picturing the dark eyed female lead singer of a goth band) is extremely interesting as a character and the fact that there are more immortals like her is so ripe with promise that I can see a stretch of interesting novels lasting for years. She is definitely a product of her times, but has evolved with her 200 plus years into a formidable, almost super-heroish crime fighter. She vanishes into the shadows until she is needed—to dispatch serial killers that the police can’t seem to catch. She has been on the scene since the Whitechapel murders (and before) and has made up close and personal acquaintance with many of history’s most notorious offenders, several of which we meet in this volume, but I am sure that we will meet more as the series progresses. A pause to extend kudos to Stephanie Grey—she transitions from 18th to 19th to 20th centuries seamlessly and believably. I enjoyed each and every interlude which describes her encounters with members of crime’s most famous members of the rogues gallery. These side stories were as much fun as the main story. I can only imagine (and hope) that future novels in the series will continue this trend.

In short, I enjoyed this novel very much, look forward to going deeper into this storyline, and highly recommend The Immortal Prudence Blackwood (now I am picturing a witch tied to a stake cursing a shouting crowd—what a great name!) as the start of a great new series.

4 stars. ( )
  ChrisMcCaffrey | Apr 6, 2021 |
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
Prudence Blackwood is immortal and sets out to stop the most dangerous killers. She found Jack the ripper and many others. Now shes off to Washington to stop another.

This was an interesting story and I liked hearing about her other cases but it wasnt as good as I thought it would be. It's a short read but at times it lacked detail. I liked the developing relationship between Clive and Sharon though. The ending was good and left it open for another story. ( )
  Kezzlou85 | Nov 23, 2019 |
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I enjoyed "The Immortal Prudence Blackwood". Originally, the title intrigued me enough to read it but the plot and characters kept me going. I liked the premise of an immortal learning to track down serial killers and gaining the skills needed as time goes on. ( )
  ladyoflorien | Nov 19, 2019 |
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from LibraryThing in return for an honest review.

Prudence Blackwood was your average colonial woman until a series of strange circumstances lead her to becoming immortal. Lost, she eventually finds her purpose hunting down serial killers. Her methods may be unorthodox but they yield results. Fast forward to Washington D.C. in the 1970s Detective Clive O’Reilly has a serial killer on his hands and he is going to need Prudence's help to stop this killer.

Overall I really enjoyed this book. The premise of the story was unique and interesting, it sucked me in within the first few pages. It is a short book so it is a quick read. Here is hoping that the author has a sequel in store for us readers! ( )
  RebeccaLMello | Oct 12, 2019 |
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The premise of this book was interesting. An immortal woman finding and punishing killers who are skillful enough to avoid being caught by the police. Prudence as an immortal has time to gather assets and practice martial arts, fighting and weapons. I did not like the writing style. It was so rigid and free of emotion. I could not like Prudence. But on the other hand Clive and Frankie were real and likable characters. This was a nice read. ( )
  Helsky | Oct 12, 2019 |
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Justice watches from the shadows in this unique and suspenseful twist on a serial killer manhunt...Throughout history, the world has witnessed cruel, gruesome, and twisted murders at the hands of the most notorious serial killers. For those who were never caught--Jack the Ripper, the Atlanta Ripper, and the Cleveland Torso Murderer--their crimes will live on in infamy as their identities are forever chased, but never revealed.It's 1947 in Washington, D.C. and a dangerous murderer has boldly discarded two headless bodies nearby the White House and the Jefferson Memorial. With no leads, Detective Clive O'Reilly is feeling desperate. When a stranger convinces O'Reilly to join him at a local pub, he is treated to a wild tale about Prudence Blackwood, an immortal who seeks vengeance for those murdered by history's most notorious serial killers.Initially in disbelief over her existence, O'Reilly is surprised to discover that she's very real and she'll be assisting in the investigation.But Prudence has unorthodox methods. With the body count rising, O'Reilly will have to find a way to work with her to stop the most brutal killer in D.C.'s history before more victims are added to the list.

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