IFD Audio Books

Of Thimble and Threat: A Novel of Catherine Eddowes, the Fourth Victim of Jack the Ripper, a historical fiction novel by Alan M. Clark

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This novel is part of the Jack the Ripper Victims Series. Each novel in the series is a stand-alone story. (The cover is the only illustration with the audio edition)

In Of Thimble and Threat, Alan M. Clark tells the heartbreaking story of Catherine Eddowes, the fourth victim of Jack the Ripper, explaining the origin and acquisition of the items found with her at the time of her death, chronicling her life from childhood to adulthood, motherhood, her descent into alcoholism, and finally her death. OF THIMBLE AND THREAT is a story of the intense love between a mother and a child, a story of poverty and loss, fierce independence, and unconquerable will. It is the devastating portrayal of a self-perpetuated descent into Hell, a lucid view into the darkest parts of the human heart.


The Door that Faced West, a historical fiction novel by Alan M. Clark

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In the beginning of the nineteenth century, the two murderous Harpe brothers, loyal to one another but violently at odds, go on a year-long killing spree in the American frontier, dragging with them the three wives they share between them; women who form a triangle of dependency, loyalty, jealousy, hatred, love, and betrayal.

The Door That Faced West is the bloody tale of America’s first serial killers, Wiley and Micajah Harpe, told from the point of view of one of the three wives, the sixteen-year-old daughter of a minister. A piece of history unknown to most, the story takes place shortly after the American Revolutionary War, when communication was poor between settlements in the frontier territories of Tennessee and Kentucky, and sociopathic violent criminals literally got away with murder.

The novel has numerous illustrations.


A Brutal Chill in August, a historical fiction novel by Alan M. Clark

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This novel is part of the Jack the Ripper Victims Series. Each novel in the series is a stand-alone story.

We all know about Jack the Ripper, the serial murderer who terrorized Whitechapel and confounded police in 1888, but how much do we really know about his victims?

Pursued by one demon into the clutches of another, the ordinary life of Mary Ann “Polly” Nichols is made extraordinary by horrible, inhuman circumstance. Jack the Ripper’s first victim comes to life in this sensitive and intimate fictionalized portrait, from humble beginnings, to building a family with an abusive husband, her escape into poverty and the workhouse, alcoholism, and finally abandoned on the streets of London where the Whitechapel Murderer found her.

With A Brutal Chill in August, Alan M. Clark gives readers an uncompromising and terrifying look at the nearly forgotten human story behind one of the most sensational crimes in history. This is horror that happened.


A Parliament of Crows, a historical fiction novel by Alan M. Clark

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Inspired by the true crimes of the Wardlaw sisters. In A Parliament of Crows, the three Mortlow sisters are prominent American educators of the nineteenth century, considered authorities in teaching social graces to young women.  They also pursue a career of fraud and murder.  Their loyalty to one another and their need to keep their secrets is a bond that tightens with each crime, forcing them closer together and isolating them from the outside world.  Their ever tightening triangle suffers from madness, religious zealotry, and a sense of duty warped by trauma they experienced as teenagers in Georgia during Sherman’s March to the Sea.  As their crimes come back to haunt them and a long history of resentments toward each other boils to the surface, their bond of loyalty begins to fray.  Will duty to family hold or will they turn on each other like ravening crows?


Apologies to the Cat’s Meat Man, a historical fiction novel by Alan M. Clark

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This novel is part of the Jack the Ripper Victims Series. Each novel in the series is a stand-alone story.

Annie Chapman led a hard, lower class life in filthy 19th century London. Late in life, circumstances and and her choices led her to earn her crust by solicitation. After a bruising brawl with another woman over money and a man, she lost her lodgings and found herself sleeping rough. That dangerous turn of events delivered her into the hands of London’s most notorious serial killer, Jack the Ripper. Contrasting her last week alive with the experiences of her earlier life, the author helps readers understand how she might have made the decisions that put her in the wrong place at the wrong time.


The Surgeon’s Mate: A Dismemoir, a novel by Alan M. Clark

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A story that illuminates the dark corners of creative endeavor in which inspiration, no longer an elusive, spritely muse, turns deadly and begins stalking the artist.

In this gritty, yet poignant novel, the life of an alcoholic artist and author crashes headlong with that of a serial murderer. Aiden is desperately trying to survive a serious brain infection, while simultaneously hiding his addictions. When Frederick comes into his life, bringing a horrific desire to dismantle young women, Aiden’s world careens out of control, toward pure terror.


Say Anything but Your Prayers, a historical fiction novel by Alan M. Clark

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This novel is part of the Jack the Ripper Victims Series. Each novel in the series is a stand-alone story.

The beast of poverty and disease had stalked Elizabeth all her life, waiting for the right moment to take her down. To survive, she listened to the two extremes within herself–Bess, the innocent child of hope, and Liza, the cynical, hard-bitten opportunist. While Bess paints rosy pictures of what lies ahead and Liza warns of dangers everywhere, the beast, in the guise of a man offering something better, circles closer.


Jack the Ripper Victims Series: The Double Event, an illustrated two novel ebook volume by Alan M. Clark

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The two novels within this volume, Say Anything But Your Prayers, about the life of Elizabeth Stride, and Of Thimble and Threat, about the life of Catherine Eddowes, give a view of life and the struggles of women in Victorian London. Since the murderer was never caught, fascination with the unsolved mystery has been widespread and enduring. But what of the women? Who were they? What was life like for them in London of the time period? What were their struggles, their hopes, their regrets? What of the decisions they made in life might have delivered them into the bloody hands of the Ripper? The two novels within this volume give possible answers to these questions.