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It is London 1915 and Great Britain is at war with Germany. Stylish lady detective Miss Isabel Hewitt's manservant Clarke is away in Flanders serving in the Royal Medical Corps. Isabel is anxious for his safety. 

On the Home Front she has become involved with the Women's Emergency Corps. Through this work she has met a tall, well-built young woman named Hattie Peach. Hattie is now her maid and driver. Isabel is coping with her new life and then someone murders two girls from the WEC. 

These take place in Shoreditch and there are fears that Jack the Ripper may be back. Isabel is asked to investigate and she embarks on a journey which becomes both emotional and very dangerous indeed.

©2014 Linda Stephenson (P)2018 Jasper Rabbit Books

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A fun short mystery

In <strong>Miss Hewitt Investigates the Return of the Ripper</strong> by Linda Stephenson, upper class member Isabelle Hewitt runs a detective agency in 1915 London in the midst of World War I. With her manservant Clarke, the man she loves, in the Medical Corp, Isabelle works to keep busy to distract herself. One day Mrs. Styles, head of the Women's Emergency Corp, comes to Isabelle to ask her to investigate something for her. Two nights before, her Corp member Mary Haynes was murdered in a brutal manner, and a night later, member Enid Wells suffered a similar fate. Mrs. Styles suspects that Jack the Ripper has come out of retirement and wants Isabelle to locate the murderer. With the help of her employees, Isabelle interviews witnesses and searches for the truth.

<strong>Miss Hewitt Investigates the Return of the Ripper</strong> is a short audiobook (2 hours, 19 minutes), but it packs plenty of plot and character development into the short piece. The storyline has real interest to it, with a creative plot and an interesting conclusion. I enjoyed the characters of Isabelle and her new assistant, Hattie Peach. But I would have liked more about the historical era, which doesn't have a lot of depictions.

Julia Eve performs the audio edition of this book, taking us in time travel back to 1915 England. With careful diction, Eve modulates between the accents of the different classes and uses clearly defined voices for each of the characters. Her performance lives up to the excitement of the book, and I look forward to hearing her narrate the other two books in this trilogy.

I appreciated listening to <strong>Miss Hewitt Investigates the Return of the Ripper</strong>. It was a fairly light, enjoyable listen with creative elements to it. If it had just had more historical detail, I would have especially liked it, but even without that, I give the book five stars.

<strong>Disclaimer:</strong> I received this book for free for review purposes, but that in no way had any influence on the content of my review.

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Ripping Yarn

Linda Stephenson has created a wonderful world, giving us a peek into WWI Britain. The characters (including a flatulent pup!) are well formed and each have their own voice, and the book even touches on themes not often encountered in stories set in this time period. Wonderfully narrated by Julia Eve, Miss Hewitt's world is one to which I cannot wait to return.