Sherlock Holmes and the Shadwell Shadows by James Lovegrove

Lovegrove delves deeper than the immediately recognisable traits of a Sherlock Holmes story, delivering a plausible perspective on how the consulting detective might react to the discovery of Lovecraft’s incomprehensible and hostile cosmos. As Dr Watson’s famous stories will tell the world, when he returns from Afghanistan in 1880 to recover from serious injuries, his … Continue reading Sherlock Holmes and the Shadwell Shadows by James Lovegrove

Magician by Raymond E. Feist

Feist offers an interweaving tale of war, politics, and magic across two worlds that echoes the larger-than-life scale of epic ballads while keeping more than enough of the grit of real life to prevent characters becoming mere archetypes. This novel collects Magician: Apprentice and Magician: Master, the first two books of Feist’s Riftwar Saga, into … Continue reading Magician by Raymond E. Feist

Into The Mist by Lee Murray

Blending the energy of giant radioactive spiders attacking a mid-west town and other classic sci-fi with the touchpoints of modern life, Murray creates fast-paced action that offers something to both those seeking nostalgia and freshness. Guarding scientists on a trip into one of New Zealand’s national parks isn’t usually the job of the army, especially … Continue reading Into The Mist by Lee Murray

Shadow Stitcher: An Everland Mystery by Misha Handman

The mean streets and crumpled suits of crime noir intermingle with icons of a children’s classic, creating a detective tale where the endless joy isn't completely gone but has become frayed and dirty. Decades ago, the adult world reached Neverland. The glorious war between the pirates and the Lost Boys has been replaced by politics, … Continue reading Shadow Stitcher: An Everland Mystery by Misha Handman

Bona Fides by Ash B Whitley

Whitley blends para-science with modern espionage tropes, creating a novel that is both gritty, street-level superhero action and James-Bondian thriller. One moment Rowan Miller was a young woman looking forward to university, the next she found herself undetectable to other people. Being a living ghost is great for watching lectures, but after four years of … Continue reading Bona Fides by Ash B Whitley

The Vampire Book Club by Nancy Warren

Warren interweaves the hidden tensions of village life with the slightly fantastical, creating an engaging murder mystery where magic and the supernatural add both solutions and problems. After breaking the cardinal rule about using magic to change fate, Quinn Calahan is sent to run the bookshop in a small village in southern Ireland. Resolving not … Continue reading The Vampire Book Club by Nancy Warren

Where Shadows Lie by Allegra Pescatore

Pescatore mixes character-driven political plot with sweeping prophecies and mighty sorceries, creating epic fantasy that has heroic protagonists without collapsing into a simplistic good-vs-evil binary. Disguised as foreign diplomats and secretly aided by the heir to the throne, Gabriel and his companions attempt to end the tyrannical rule of the King of Lirin. However, when … Continue reading Where Shadows Lie by Allegra Pescatore

St Barlaam’s Day: Crime was never meant to be this funny by R.B. Taylor

Taylor skilfully applies the forms of political satire to the tale of a band from an East London estate, creating a tale that is likely to appeal to fans of Tom Sharpe, Antony Jay, and Jonathan Lynn. With representatives of three major labels having agreed to attend their next gig, St Barlaam’s Day think things … Continue reading St Barlaam’s Day: Crime was never meant to be this funny by R.B. Taylor

Mission: Improper by Bec McMaster

McMaster fuses behaviours common to all humans with an engaging mix of fantasy and Victoriana, creating a novel that offers something for fans of both paranormal romances and steampunk thrillers. This novel is set after the events of some of McMaster’s London Steampunk novels and might include characters from those. Thus, this review might contain … Continue reading Mission: Improper by Bec McMaster