Grumpy Book Grrrl

a writer and reader

Release day: April 9, 2019. Publisher: 47North. Rating: ★★★★★

Craig Schaefer once again proves he is genius-level in the paranormal noir genre. This is my 15th? book and it may be my favorite yet. The writing, the plotting, the characterization, the pacing, the world-building … just gets better and better.

Have you read Craig Schaefer yet? Yes. Good job. I approve. Have you read Craig Schaefer yet? No?


So now that my fangirling is done… This would actually be a great place to start if you are hesitant of starting an ongoing series. I don’t know if this is a stand alone (please don’t be a stand alone, I need more), but it’s a perfect “contained” story that won’t leave you baffled, wondering if you missed something.

Of course, you have to like ghosts, witches, ghouls, and other things that go bump – and will probably eat you – in the night.

The main character is Lionel Page, early 30s. He is a reporter, a debunker, successful with what he does, but with a troubled past. He takes an odd job that finds him in New York City, searching for a manuscript by a famous gothic horror author.

I won’t say too much, but this is similar to the author’s previous work, yet original. I love the magic and mythology, and I think this story, while gory in some bits, is more adventurous and – fun? – than the Daniel Faust series.

This is a must-read for any Craig Schaefer fan, and if you are new, this is a GREAT place to start. His talent is, in my view, highly underrated. The romance between Lionel and Maddie was definitely ship-worthy. She is a fantastic character, which is not surprising, as the author excels at writing solid female characters.

There is a lot of new stuff going on here, and I was surprised by several “reveals,” so check it out!

Thank you Netgalley and publisher for providing a digital eARC to read and review!

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