Things in Jars

Things in Jars by Jess Kidd

In Things in Jars, a 7-foot tall bearded parlour maid, mythical sea monsters, a ghost and a winter mermaid are all brought together by a female pipe-smoking detective in Victorian London to solve the kidnapping of a mysterious child.

1860s London, the prime of the Victorian age. About fifteen years before Sherlock Holmes begins using his talents to unravel truth from mystery, Bridie Devine applies her peculiar talents to helping the police in cases of an unusual nature. She is known mostly for her ability to discern the cause of death, when simple observation will not suffice…

Things in Jars is an enchanting Victorian detective novel that explores what it is to be human in inhumane times.