"WHEN NIGHT FALLS" by Jacqueline Goff
|December 10, 1993, on the streets in London.
Cassandra Lachlin is on the murder scene to take photographs of the
dead prostitute. It is looking like the copy cat work of Jack The
Ripper. As a police photographer, Cassie notices the victim had her
throat slashed and her abdomen cut open, like the women before her.
She happens to notice a man with a long black coat and high boots
paying close attention to the details of the crime scene. She has
seen him at one or two scenes before this one.
Cassie followed the man. He went to the side of one of the larger
homes and down the steps into an old cellar. There was a beam of light
which the man disappears into, and she follows. She soon realizes
that something isn't quite right. When she catches up to the man she
followed, he informs her that she has traveled back into time by two
hundred years. Now the time is December 9, 1790.
Cassie is in a manor where Anthony Morgan, (the man she followed),
is a phony butler undercover, trying to solve this case. Bartholomew
is a servant to Sir Gerald, but is helping Anthony Morgan, and keeping
all his secrets. Lady Mary Peregrine is the lady of the manor, and
Cassie becomes her new maid. Lady Mary Peregrine's grandson is Sir
Gerald Peregrine. Lady Mary's friend is Desiree Deveau. Desiree was
a beautiful woman with long red hair.
There was to be a party at the manor tonight. Desiree thought Jack
would also attend, probably knowing people here. Also attending the
party would be Julian Stockwell, reporter for the Times. Cassie wanted
to solve this case. She knew she couldn't attend the party, but acting
as a personal maid gave her the opportunity to do a little eavesdropping.
She now knows that Mr. Morgan and herself are hunting the same man,
"Jack the Ripper". The same Jack the Ripper who murdered
five women in Whitechapel in 1888. So it begins, the pair teaming
up, (even though Morgan rather not have her help), to solve a great
They start putting some facts together. They know Jack uses a stiletto
knife. He has a strong hatred for red hair. Jack believes all the
red-haired females must die. Jack does his owrk in dark alleys, close
to the Thames, where there are deserted buildings, which is also not
far from the cemetery. Jack sets the crime scene with the victims
personal items. He doesn't take their jewelry. He set an emerald choker
beside one victim, he wrapped another victim's cameo pendant in a
Suspicion of how Mr. Stockwell (the reporter) shows up so quickly
at the crime scnes does not go unnoticed. Morgan received a note from
Jack with a clue to go to Clophardy Alley. They didn't realize that
meant they would be searching in the cemetery at 3:00am. The snow
storm had stopped. It was very cold, and the occasional snowflake
was still in the air. Icicles were hanging from the trees.
Cassie slipped and fell in the snow, when she went to get up she noticed
blood on her hand. They had found the body that Jack had sent them
to find. Morgan knew it was Ruby Fox, a prostitute from one of the
taverns. Cassie noticed a person running through the gravestones,
in the direction of the street, wearing a black outer garment, and
has red hair.
Desiree left the cemetery quickly. She wondered if anyone including
Jack had spotted her.
Jack knows Cassie and Morgan are after him, that doesn't stop him
from sending Morgan another note. Morgan and Cassie interrogate Julian
CLUE: Julian mentions "peelers".
Cassie finds herself in a little situation, and tries to scare off
her would-be attackers by saying she would tell the peelers, bobbies,
but they have no idea what she's talking about. She managed to escape
A few days go by, Desiree comes to the manor to see Lady Mary. Desiree
mentions to Cassie that someone wants to kll her, but doesn't know
who. Cassie thought Desiree did know, but was rpotecting whoever it
was. It had to be someone close like a brother? Cassie thought who
could that be?
Morgan received another note from Jack, so Cassie and Morgan left
to check it out. They ran into Desiree. They tried to get her to tell
them who the killer was, but she said she couldn't because there was
no bobbies to protect her. Desiree admits she's Jack's sister and
she's going to kill him. Morgan figured out now after the words came
back to him.
"Bobbie's," he said. "And peelers, Cassie. They're
derivations of a man's name. But not a man from this time. In 1790,
there are no such things as bobbies or peelers." "But Julian
said..." Her eyes widened as comprehension dawned. "My God,"
she whispered in disblief. "It's Julian, isn't it? Julian Sotckwell
is Jack!" (text copyright 1994 by Jacqueline Goff; permission
to reproduce text granted by Harlequin Books S.A.)
Morgan and Cassie go to where Julian lives. Jack grabbed Cassie, and
greeted Morgan. Cassie got away from Jack, but he still had a gun
aimed at Morgan. Cassie noticed a trunk with a red wig in it and brown
contact lenses on the dresser. Cassie threw the wig onto Jack's head.
Jack looked into the mirror and saw Desiree. Desiree dropped the gun,
and Jack brought out his knife.
Smeared lips curved into an ironic smile. "Goodbye, slut,"
Jack's voice said. Then he laughed wildly -- and with both hands,
plunged the knife deep into his victim's throat... (Text copyright
1994 by Jacqueline Goff; permission to repduced text granted by Harlequin
And so ending three lives with one plunge, Julian, Jack and Desiree.
WHY THIS BOOK?
|I chose this book because I love when a book is so
good you can not put it down. I think the author, Jenna Ryan, did
an awesome job on this story. I thought it was perfect to make Jack
the Ripper into three people (split personality wise) and also time
travel on top of all that. It really makes you think.
WHAT STRATEGIES DID THE ARTIST USE TO ADD SENSE OF DIMENSIONALITY?
|For my sense of dimensionality, I studied the fog that
was luckily setting at the time in my area where I live. I also did
some research on the internet. I knew I wanted my fog in layers, that's
how it seemed in my yard. I also wanted to make the graveyard scene
my main focus, and yet show how close the tavern was, and make that
building angle off.
1. Waterfall Element. Blue Painted and bead-embellished roller under
the bridge, turnable to imitate flowing water, with turning knob on
one side of frame
2. Electrical Elements. Tree lights around sides and top of frames,
with electrical switch on one side. The beaded lamp-post in the body
lights up as well, with switch on the other side of the frame. ]
WHAT CHOICES WERE INVOLVED IN THE DESIGN PROCESS?
|I didn't need much influence for my book cover. I knew
exactly which part I wanted to create in my beaded tapestry. This
is why I felt I had to go into a little more detail on my scene in
the synopsis, and also ask for permission to do so from Harlequin
Books. My scene was the cemetery scene. I really had a lot of fun
researching Jack The Ripper, and what London was like back then. I
decided not to highlight the hero and the heroine (that's who Janna
Ryan has on her cover). I decided on the villian and one of the victims.
WERE THE PRIMARY TECHNIQUES USED?
|Techniques in creating my book cover tapestry include:
Main picture on loom
Bridge was backstitch, netting and picot brick stitch
Curtains are couching and glitter
I watched a craft video, and discovered the power of glitter, which
I tried out on my curtains. I used cross-stitch material to embroider
the bridge onto. The main picture was done on my loom, using delica
beads. The delica beads pulled off more detail and color. I used a
paint roller for the water to move under the bridge. The lights are
When I was creating my sketch for my loom, I felt as though I was
led completely by the fog. That kept me on track until the moonlight
came along. Delica's are great beads, but still only one bead can
occupy one space. So I felt torn at that moment. Do I follow the fog
or do I run with the moon beam? I decided to give each its equal turn,
and I surprised myself with the results. Certain pictures of the beadwork
you can't see the moon beam, and sometimes it really shows itself.[NOTE:
The technique used to merge the moonlight with the fog, using delicas
on the loom, was repeated with the light emanating from the street
lamp and merging with the fog.]
Once my loom scene was completed, I took the fabric for the bridge
and started the embroidery. That was a challenge for me. I always
loved playing on my loom and was just starting to venture into all
kinds of stitches. I entered on this wonderful path that I will continue
to follow with great joy.
I used hematite beads to give the bridge a dark creepy look around
it. Once my bridge was finished I sewed my loom work above it, and
secured everything. I then started my moving water for under the bridge.
I stained my wood for the frame and screwed that together. I then
went to the lighting, then attached the curtains.
I knew the lighting was important, bead wise on my loom, so I tried
to study Laura Willits works on lighting. I just love how she makes
the night look. I must say that I learned alot from doing this project.
There were techniques I applied that I had to learn for this project,
specifically, and I plan on continuing with the stitches and getting
better. I am totally hooked now on beaded embroidery. I want to learn
everything there is to learn about this great and exciting craft.
HOW WAS THE CARTOON IMAGE TRANSFERRED TO THE CANVAS?
|Sketched on warp threads and on fabric.
HOW WAS THE TITLE CREATED?
|My strategies for creating the title on the tapestry,
I decided instead of doing the letters on the tombstone while I was
doing the loom part of the project, I would wait and paint the title
in red on felt to look like blood. Then I used craft sticks and woodburned
the title on them, then stained them the same color as the frame,
so they would look like tombstones also. The space I had on the loom
(for tombstones), and my craft sticks pretty much set the size for
HOW HAS THIS TAPESTRY BEEN PREPARED FOR DISPLAY?
|I used wood framing that I stained. I had a color picked
out that I had mixed up at the store. I had to stick with the eerie
London fog color and also make it look like the time-frame. I used
a picture frame hook for hanging, and the backing was originally supposed
to be the front, but it covered way too much of my beadwork. I had
already finished my couching letters on the curtains, and felt it
a shame not to use it still. So I ended up using them as my back on
WHAT MATERIALS WERE USED?
Hematite, wood, glass assorted beads
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