What a novel.
I picked up this book after reading a post of pinterest of novels to try and I was not disappointed.
This is a fabulous mix of the modern and the supernatural. It will leave you hungry for more, which is good as it’s going to be a series!
The tale follows Greta Helsing, doctor to the supernatural. From vampires to ghouls to mummies Greta looks after them all.
Everything changes one evening when her old friend and vampire Ruthven calls her out to his house. A friend, Sir Varney, arrived on his doorstep after an attack and is unwell.
This one act will change Greta’s life forever. Sir Varney, a vampyre with a y, has been attacked by a strange group of religious fanatics. They poisoned him with a unknown substance that Greta manages to remove.
Greta is then attacked at her home. Meanwhile there have been eleven murders in London by an assumed serial killer. The killer leaves a plastic rosary in the victims mouths. The ghouls have been scared out of their tunnels and into Ruthvens cellar by strange blue eyed monks.
All in all, the recipe for a gripping mystery.
Greta is assisted by her long-time family friend Fastitocalon, Fass, who is.. Well Greta isn’t quite sure what he is! And a junior curator at the British Museum August Cranswell, whose family has long been under the protection and friendship of Ruthven.
This rag tag bunch of human and supernatural beings take on the mystery of the blue eyed monks.
Using their combined skills and research they uncover an ancient cult that hunts down and kills anything supernatural and those associated with them. But something isn’t right. The cult was originally human monks not blue eyed not-quite-human robed beings.
In the final confrontation all is revealed. The remnants of an ancient intellect housed in a container buried deep within the city has been influencing the minds of men. Gifting them the task of cleansing the city.
Throw in a bit of heaven and hell, and a visit by Samael or Sam, also known as the devil.
This was just a fabulous read. If you like the Rivers of London series you will definitely like this novel. The world Vivian Shaw built is believable and intriguing. I like her interpretation of the common monsters we find through mythology and popular culture.
The writing is interesting and quirky, the story entrancing and the characters loveable.
I really, really enjoyed this book. I definitely recommend adding it to your Autumn reading list. A good one for Halloween!
Have you read Strange Practice? Let me know what you think below!
Get it here: Strange Practice by Vivian Shaw