Hunting Prince Dracula by Keri Maniscalco

Hunting Prince Dracula picks up shortly after Stalking Jack the Ripper left off. Audrey Rose and Thomas Cresswell are on their way to study at a school in Romania where locals still believe in the legend of Count Dracula. Obviously, Audrey Rose and Thomas are curious, intelligent souls who cannot help but get caught up in a murder mystery.

New players including a haughty prince and an American enter the scene. We meet Thomas’s sister – a cute enough storyline. Not surprisingly, the headmaster of the school is a gruff jerk, there are several references to Audrey Rose’s constitution and her desperate attempts to be treated as equal. It’s almost as if the author listened to all of the reviewers on Goodreads and sought to prove them all right with this installment.

Heavily invested in the mythology surrounding the legend of Dracula, Hunting is a fair attempt to progress the Stalking storyline. Unfortunately, the exploration of mythos and legend is not enough to push this one into the ranks of its predecessor. I found myself skimming sections and it didn’t feel as fulfilling as Stalking.

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The Verdict on Hunting Prince Dracula

This sequel lacks the magic of its predecessor, plain and simple. Not that I didn’t enjoy it. The mythology is fun, some of the characters (*ahem, Thomas) are charming enough to hold interest, but it just doesn’t hold up to Stalking Jack the Ripper.

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