Abe Pearlman and Mitzy Singer have a complicated history. Abe has a long-simmering crush on Mitzy, and she tolerates his presence after they worked together on a project.
According to his guidance counselor, Abe is a loner and, according to his mom, he is not athletic enough. When he sees a sign that offers “Fortunes and Futures” for eight dollars and walks into a fortune teller’s booth, he figures he doesn’t have much to lose. The fortune teller informs him that she has both good news and bad news to share with him. The bad news is that someone will die. The good news is that Abe might be able to prevent a death.
Not really that enamored with this fortune teller and the fortune he no longer wants, Abe starts to leave. He turns the door knob and is suddenly transported to late nineteenth-century Victorian England. His name is now Asher rather than Abe, and he sells jewelry in the Whitechapel section of London, where the Jack the Ripper roams.
What follows is an adventure and mystery story where Abe (now Asher) and Mitzy (now Maya, who also managed to land herself in the same predicament) have to figure out the connection between the fortune teller’s prophecy and the Jack the Ripper murders, how this affects Abe, and how to navigate extremely treacherous waters to get back home.
This engrossing and well-paced read is perfect for those who love a combination of history and mystery. Filled with historical context, the story centers on both Abe and Mitzy as they navigate new, often unwelcoming, and sometimes frightening situations. Friendship, persecution, suspense, and intrigue abound.