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Deadly Destinations: Karina Cooper’s Cherry St. Croix on Whitechapel

**Visit All Things Urban Fantasy today for her Deadly Destination tour with Tiffany Trent & enter for a chance to win The Unnaturalists**

Deadly Destinations once again ventures into the eerie and infamous Whitechapel. Cherry St. Croix from the steampunk/urban fantasy St. Croix Chronicles is here today to tell us all about it. Tarnished, the first book in the series is available now. Want to know our thoughts on this title? Read Sheila’s review here. Enter for a chance to win Tarnished and two backlist titles from Karina Cooper! Thanks to Karina and Avon for this giveaway!

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London, 1888

Whitechapel

The fog fills the air like a sack full of mud, doesn’t it? We call this a peasouper, thick as treacle and lacking anything sweet to make it bearable. Breathe in through your nose, and you’ll singe the fine hairs right down to the roots. Through your mouth, and your lungs will spend days trying to hack it out.

This is London below, where the devil-fog chock full of factory delights plays host and confidant to the things that go on in these streets. From the fragile gray haze of daylight to the noxious, oily blanket of yellow and black by night, the fog sees all, knows all—claims all.

Illustrated Police News - 8th September 1888

He’s been at it again. You’ve seen the dailies yourself. The broadsheets, the ink drafted by the bucketful speculating about the identity of the murderous Leather Apron. You know of the arrests and inquiries; but that’s why you’re here, isn’t it? Down in the muck and the filth of London below, hunting the very same streets that fiend himself haunts.

Aren’t you down for a bounty?

No, I see. I’d mistaken you for a collector in the dank and dark. An easy mistake to make, although somewhat less terminal than it could be since it’s me what you ran into first, and not some other soul. What would you have done had you tripped merrily into Leather Apron’s bloody path?

Shh! Not so loud. Have you never been below? Come, step cautiously and follow close. Leave your goggles on lest you spend the rest of tomorrow wiping stinging tears away. I’ll lead you back out to the West India Docks. You’ll catch a sky ferry there and be up among the civilized in two shakes. Assuming you could call them what live above as civilized.

We’re in Whitechapel, not far from Dutfield’s Yard, St. George’s-in-the-East. No, don’t bother looking for street signs, they’re all but invisible in the fog. Footpads count on toffs like you to stray from the usual paths, pockets a’jingling. Look, just to your right, can you see it? You can’t, can you? You’ve not had the time to develop fog-sense, that instinct that warns us who make our coin below when foul things are afoot. In the alley just on the other side of No. 42 Berner Street. What you think is just shifts of smoke will offer you a rude surprise, indeed.

Do you hear the merriment? It sounds far enough away, doesn’t it? Laughter and voices and the clink of glasses. Would you be surprised to know it’s coming from this building just behind us? No. 40, the International Working Men’s Educational Club. Don’t let the name fool you—it’s little more than a so-called club for immigrant anarchists. They’ll drink themselves near blind and stagger out in ones and twos, where those blokes there will get the cosh in and filch whatever’s left.

St. George’s-in-the-East isn’t a wealthy parish. Most of what you’ll land here are dollymops and working men taking the evening’s swagger. Whether it’s coming from the Yiddish anarchists over at No. 40 or out of any number of the drinking establishments just off the road; or, as is just as likely, coming down the steps from the many rooms rented by the doxies of Whitechapel above the storefronts. Drink is cheap, but so are lives. That much has been proven.

Tarnished (#1) by Karina Cooper

Watch your step, now. These cobbles aren’t tended often, and ruts are carved from the carts. Don’t strain so much to see into the gloom. If you can’t see them, they like as not can’t see you, either. It’s a fair bit of wisdom learned the hard way. That’s why I’ve got these protectives, of my own design. I can see them a quick sight sooner than they see me, which means—no, not that I can land the first blow, but that I can escape anything coming at me in the open like this.

Fight? For no reason? I’m a collector, not a ruffian. I claim no membership in the gangs and have nothing to prove by assaulting anyone. Besides that, I’m a woman on my own, and the less that bit of gossip gets around, the better. Footpads are wary of collectors—most are, down here—but they’ll get cocky should they realize my sex. Men are often miserable judges of capability when pride is on the line.

This road, should we follow it, will take us straight through the heart of Whitechapel and onward. You stay close here, stay off the far-flung alleys, and you’ll get home with your skin intact.

That’s assuming Leather Apron doesn’t find you first.

Remember: them what come below often expect matters to be handled same as London above. But the world up there is one of lights and delicacy and honor. There’s no honor to be found at the edge of a knife. There’s the occasional royal foot scamp here and about, but you won’t find that sort in Whitechapel. If it’s honor you want, go back to Captain Abercott and pay him his fee to take you aloft.

This is where we part ways. Follow this road, you can’t miss it. Don’t go wandering into dark avenues and stay off the lanes. Ignore anyone talking at you, you hear me? The doxies have better time to spend than chasing you, so they won’t be much of a bother, but most of the sharper ones have got a low toby man about. Ignore them all, pleading or otherwise.

Me? I’m headed another way. There’s a small matter of a collection fee to handle, and I’d like to leave plenty of time to ensure that Mr. Micajah Hawke does not stiff me another collection. No, I’ll not be carrying you along to the Midnight Menagerie. If you want to lose your fortune—to say nothing of your soul—in that indelicate serpent’s grasp, then you do so on your own terms. I bid you good evening.

…Just follow the road. The Scarlet Philosopher will be waiting at the West India Docks. I promise you, you can’t miss it. Off you go then.

Oh, and one last piece of advice? If you should hear a whistle in the fog, run.

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About Karina:

After weaving happily ever afters for all of her friends in school, Karina Cooper eventually grew up (kind of) and fell in love with writing. She broke into the scene with her gritty Dark Mission series, introducing a world that RT Book Reviews calls “an electrifying start”.

One part glamor, one part total dork, and all imagination, she writes dark and sexy paranormal romance and Steampunk-flavored historical urban fantasy. When she isn’t writing, Karina is an airship captain’s wife and Steampunk fashionista. She lives in the beautiful and rainy Pacific Northwest with a husband, four cats, two rabbits, the fantasy of a dog and a passel of adopted gamer geeks.

You can visit Karina around the web here: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

Want to read more from Karina Cooper?

Blood of the WickedLure of the WickedNo Rest for the WitchesAll Things WickedSacrifice the WickedTarnishedGilded

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This giveaway is provided by Karina Cooper and Avon

One lucky winner will win Tarnished and two backlist titles from Karina Cooper

Tarnished (#1) by Karina Cooper

Available June 26, 2012 from Avon/HarperCollins

About this Book:

My name is Cherry St. Croix. Society would claim that I am a well-heeled miss with an unfortunate familial reputation. They’ve no idea of the truth of it. In my secret world, I hunt down vagrants, thieves . . . and now, a murderer. For a monster stalks London’s streets, leaving a trail of mystery and murder below the fog.

Eager for coin to fuel my infatuations, I must decide where my attentions will turn: to my daylight world, where my scientific mind sets me apart from respectable Society, or to the compelling domain of London below. Each has a man who has claimed my time as his–for good or for ill. Though as the corpses pile, and the treacherous waters of Society gossip churn, I am learning that each also has its dangers. One choice will see me cast from polite company . . . the other might just see me dead.

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31 Responses to “Deadly Destinations: Karina Cooper’s Cherry St. Croix on Whitechapel

  1. ErinNo Gravatar
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    Maybe it’s just me, but I’m not seeing the giveaway part. Great post though, these books look really interesting!

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    Looks like a cool. Series. Not too sur about the place though.

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  3. Viki S.No Gravatar
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    I don’t know – I’m kind of mixed about Whitechapel.

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    I have not seen it yet- but i would like too.

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  5. RebeNo Gravatar
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    Whitechapel sounds creepy – and fascinating! Not sure I would venture there after dark, that’s for sure.

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  6. Lesley DNo Gravatar
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    Whitechapel sounds like a great setting for book! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  7. NatashaNo Gravatar
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    Sounds kinda creepy and awesome. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  8. JasmynNo Gravatar
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    I love reading about Whitechapel. It’s such a great setting for so many stories.

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  9. Barbara ElnessNo Gravatar
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    I think I’d avoid a visit to Whitechapel if at all possible, it sounds like a dangerous place. :D

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  10. Dana ReederNo Gravatar
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    I love reading about Whitechapel, I’ve been hooked since I first heard about ol’ Jack. Thanks for the giveaway! :D

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    I think I would avoid it, especially if I’m by myself. Thanks for the chance.

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    Whitechapel doesn’t sound like a place I’d want to visit, day or night.

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  13. RickiNo Gravatar
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    Whitechapel is such a wonderful setting with its sordid history.

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    This sounds like an interesting setting.

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    I don’t know about you but the goose bumps running up and down my arms says stay clear of Whitechapel!

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    Sounds pretty dangerous

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    I love cobbled streets, but it still sounds dangerous

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    Interesting to see all these different takes on White Chapel this one sounds very interesting. Thanks for the giveaway

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  19. Teri C.No Gravatar
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    Oh my goodness that was a heck of a story. Karina Cooper sounds like she has created a fabulous new heroine and I cannot wait to take a look at that.

    Thank you for the giveaway.

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    Interesting. Steampunk, society’s classes, a woman reaching for more, an under and upper world… I just added you to my TBR list of new to me authors & series. I see you are in the PNW too, so that got you bumped up the list!

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    A dangerous place covered in fog with who knows what lurking in the darkness. Sounds like fun.

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    Sounds spooky… the setting is almost a character in and of itself.

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    Foggy…creepy…home of things that go BUMP in the night. What’s not to love?

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    Sounds spooky. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    Whitechapel is used for a lot of stories specially one with vampires and I love reading about all of the paranormal stuff that happens there in different book so can`t wait to read this book too! Thanks for the giveaway :D

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    I think it sounds creepy!

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    It’d be an interesting place to visit.

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    Whitechapel sounds like a place, that you don’t want to be caught in after dark.

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    Whitechapel sounds very intriguing and a great setting for a story

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    Definitely a place where you need to watch your step and keep a sharp eye out.

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    Looks like a great read!!! When I think of Whitechapel, I think of Jack the Ripper!!!

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