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Strange Practice
Strange Practice | Vivian Shaw
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Meet Greta Helsing, fast-talking doctor to the undead. Keeping the supernatural community not-alive and well in London has been her family's specialty for generations. Greta Helsing inherited the family's highly specialized, and highly peculiar, medical practice. In her consulting rooms, Dr. Helsing treats the undead for a host of ills - vocal strain in banshees, arthritis in barrow-wights, and entropy in mummies. Although barely making ends meet, this is just the quiet, supernatural-adjacent life Greta's been groomed for since childhood. Until a sect of murderous monks emerges, killing human and undead Londoners alike. As terror takes hold of the city, Greta must use her unusual skills to stop the cult if she hopes to save her practice, and her life.
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Timidmagick
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Dr. Helsing is a doctor to the supernatural and gets involved in a situation where someone is targeting them and there is a serial killer loose in London killing the human population too

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BridgetteM
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Your package should be delivered to you by no later than Friday, @HerDarkHuntress1 :) Sorry for the delayed post. I was in a rural area for Thanksgiving and my Internet access was more limited than I expected. #lmpbc @Pogue @MeganAnn

HerDarkHuntress1 Woot!!! Looking forward to it!!! 2mo
HerDarkHuntress1 @BridgetteM I got it! It looks interesting... and I‘m realizing I may have over marked my book! Sorry @MeganAnn! 1mo
MeganAnn @HerDarkHuntress1 definitely not a problem! I paged through it briefly and I love all your annotations! I usually get so wrapped up in the story I sometimes forget I‘m supposed to be marking it up and have to go back later. Also, thank you so much for all the extras!! You at so very sweet and I loved them (and Axton loves the book you sent him too!) 😘 1mo
BridgetteM @HerDarkHuntress1 Hope you enjoy the book! :) 1mo
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ralexist
Strange Practice | Vivian Shaw
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1) Doctor to the things that go bump in the night. Fun read!
2) Teleportation or the ability to communicate in every language
3) Scorpio
4) Getting holiday cards ready for the mail
5) ❤️🧡💛💙💙💜🖤🤍🤎

#friyayintro @howjessreads

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HoneyBeeLee
Strange Practice | Vivian Shaw
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After loosing my headphones for a week and finally finding them this passed weekend I can finally finish up with book! Have to admit this was a really good book. Had me hooked at the start. Can‘t wait to start the next book in the series.

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Sace
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I just saw a blurb from @Michollio about this series. But I can't decide what format to borrow! Oh the anxiety of choice!

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MidnightBookGirl
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Loved this supernatural tale! Very Halloween-ish, and now I need to track down the other books in the series! #TeamSlaughter #scarathalon @Clwojick

kyraleseberg This is next on my list for the month! 3mo
chaoticgoodhufflepuff This one is so good! The third in the series just came out last month! 3mo
Laura317 This sounds awesome! 3mo
Eyelit Just started listening to this. Very intrigued 3mo
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pyjamaviking
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jen_hayes7
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Read this on our flight home from London (we scored an economy plus which made the long flight 500% more comfortable). I enjoyed it very much. Greta and her cast of characters were very likable. I wish there had been a little more of an intro to Greta before the mayhem struck, but other than that I thought it was a great story and am interested to see where the series goes next. Also,these HP Daily Prophet Vans might be the most comfy shoes I own.

Reviewsbylola You look super comfy for a long flight! 4mo
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PickwickPlockPlock
Strange Practice | Vivian Shaw
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Dr Greta Helsing has more than one #vampire patient.

#chillingphotochallenge
@Clwojick
@TheReadingMermaid

Clwojick 🖤🖤 4mo
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MidnightBookGirl
Strange Practice | Vivian Shaw
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Vampires, Ghouls, Demons, Mummies, and Unholy Monks, oh, my! Really digging this book about a monster doctor and murder and stolen books. #TeamSlaughter #scarathalon @Clwojick

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RainyDayReading
Strange Practice | Vivian Shaw
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Had a hard time figuring something out for today‘s #chillingphotochallenge because surprisingly despite my love for all things spooky I find myself short on anything #coffin like. Then I remembered this book which is still on my TBR. Forgive the unmade bed in the background. If you spy Daisy, you‘ll also figure out why despite my best efforts it remains unmade 😅 #teamslaughter #scarathlon @Clwojick

Clwojick Gorgeous!! 4mo
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Squidapus
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Squidapus found this an enjoyable read. He likes stories where the supernatural or fantastic are brought down or interacted with in very real world ways. There were some stumbles here and there were either stuff happened to move the plot instead of being organic or where a solution was something that wasn't foreshadowed but everyone said was obvious (multiple times actually). Even then they didn't detract from wanting to keep reading til the end

TalecArashi Ooh, have you read this? ➡️ 3mo
Squidapus @TalecArashi We have not actually! 3mo
TalecArashi "stories where the supernatural or fantastic are brought down or interacted with in very real world ways" it's all over this! I love it so much (was surprised to see the only review on here panning it, although I suppose it is kinda densely written, ha) 3mo
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Michollio
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An interesting take on the "monsters" that I haven't encountered before. Moving on to the second, which I didn't realize was the second until a week ago, several months after adding it to my list.

chaoticgoodhufflepuff The third one just came out a couple days ago! So you‘ve got another one to look forward to! 4mo
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Squidapus
Strange Practice | Vivian Shaw
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From sci fi to sci...fantasy? Who knows! But he's been interested in this one a long time!

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shanaqui
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Finished up my reread in the best company, today. 💙 #BunniesofLitsy Love this book so much -- it's so *nice*, even amidst horrifying things. Greta's calling as a doctor is the best.

#SummersEndReadathon @Clwojick

Squidapus Awesome, Squidapus picked this up last week...month? Whenever. Glad to hear it's so good! 5mo
shanaqui @Squidapus I love it dearly, at least! I'm so excited and impatient for the third book, too. 5mo
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shanaqui
Strange Practice | Vivian Shaw

Rereading again, partly just for joy and partly because book 3 is out in September! Had a good long cuddle with Biscuit while I was reading, too, but my phone was dead so no pic.

Love the details of the stuff Ruthven has been doing to keep eternal life interesting. Latte art!

#SummersEndReadathon @Clwojick

Clwojick Is Biscuit a 🐰🐶🐱? 5mo
shanaqui @Clwojick Biscuit's a bunny! :) We have three buns: Hulk, Biscuit and Eclair. 💙 5mo
Clwojick 💘 💖 💓 5mo
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sidherinn
Strange Practice | Vivian Shaw
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I thought this was charming. Its fun & clever & witty. The audio book is good, too. I found myself looking up various historical novels as reference points for some of the characters. That was nice; Ms. Shaw could have gone the easy route & used Dracula. It would be a perfect beach read, if you're near a beach. It's the 1st in a series, the 2nd is already out, & the 3rd is being released in October. I already have it reserved at my library.😎

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Victoriahoperose
Strange Practice | Vivian Shaw
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This was an interesting supernatural book. I liked the setting and the time of the book. I felt like it was a bit dry in parts and it didn‘t stand out among other books in this genre. It was okay, but I‘ve liked other books better that had similar themes.

IndyHannaJones I loved this book, but I'm intrigued about the other books with similar themes... 6mo
Victoriahoperose @IndyHannaJones I felt like A Discovery of Witches had a similar vibe. I have to look through my TBR and let you know a few others. 6mo
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ElectricKatyLand
Strange Practice | Vivian Shaw
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Dr. Greta Helsing is a physician to non-human Londoners. Fun, campy thriller as Greta and her friends seek to save London's undead and human populations from zealous killer zombie monks.

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Hufflepuffle
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1. My Friend Georgia who I met in sixth form
2. Best sunset was probably early this year up a hill not far from my house
3. A lavender and oat cleanser which I first used when I went to Barbados and always takes me
back!
4. Last book I read was Strange Practice by Vivian Shaw
5. I tag anyone who wants to play!
#wonderouswednesday @Eggs
Thank you for the tag @wanderinglynn 😊

Eggs Old friends are the best💗 7mo
Hufflepuffle @Eggs They are 😊 7mo
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Hufflepuffle
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I adored this book!! It‘s got Vampires, Vampyres, ghouls, ex-demons and more, plus their feisty Doctor, what more could you want? I need the next one ASAP!

shanaqui I love both this and the sequel, and I can't wait for September for the next book! 7mo
Hufflepuffle @shanaqui I was so relieved when I googled and found the second one was already out! Bring on September for the third!! ❤️ 7mo
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thereadingowlvina
Strange Practice | Vivian Shaw
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Love the sun! And I'm enjoying this book so far! It's a peculiar story in a very different kind of world 🙂📚☀️❤

MrBook Love the pic! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 7mo
thereadingowlvina @MrBook Thank you! 🙂👍 7mo
BookHoarder32 Yay! I love this series 7mo
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Hufflepuffle
Strange Practice | Vivian Shaw
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I am dog sitting for my parents and so this pretty pup is my reading companion for a while. His name is Jasper, he is 11 and he needs approximately 1,000 cuddles a day. Especially after an early walk in the rain!

#DogsOfLitsy

JennyM Naw...cutie 🐶♥️ 7mo
Stacypatrice 🥰🐶🥰🐶 7mo
Slajaunie Handsome boy! 🐾💙 7mo
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JoScho So sweet ❤️ 7mo
SW-T Awwww💕❤️ 7mo
AlaMich He looks like an awesome reading buddy! 🐶❤️ 7mo
BooknerdsLife Awwww he is gorgeous!!! 😍🥰 7mo
Curiouser_and_curiouser He's Beautiful! 7mo
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Hufflepuffle
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I wasn‘t going to buy any more books until I reduced my stack a bit but couldn‘t resist when I saw this on the shelves and realised it was a book I had spotted on Litsy. I just had to add it to my real #tbr pile not just my Litsy list! I also wasn‘t going to have anything naughty today but somehow ended up with a hot chocolate 😬🤷‍♀️

BooknerdsLife 😂👍🏼Best way to live! 8mo
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wyvernfriend
Strange Practice | Vivian Shaw
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I quite enjoyed it. Characters were fun and I'm sure if I'd read more early horror I'd get more of the in jokes, but it works without having read those.

CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚 8mo
wyvernfriend Thanks 8mo
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wyvernfriend
Strange Practice | Vivian Shaw
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The books with bookmarks in in the bedroom. Strange Practice is the currently actively being read book.

wanderinglynn Welcome to Litsy! 👋🏻 8mo
wyvernfriend Thanks 8mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 💖📖💖 8mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome to Litsy!! 8mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Sometimes a book you unexpectedly loved (The tagged one) is written by an author willing to really engage with the audience and interviewer. Now I‘m more excited than ever to read Dr. Greta Helsing Book 2, Dreadful Company. Thanks Vivian Shaw! (p.s. She‘s on the right.) #gburgbookfest

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Ellen_C
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First in what promises to be an entertaining series featuring Greta Helsing, doctor to monsters. A strange group of people dressed as monks lurk at night attacking and murdering, their focus seemingly turned against the monster community of London. Dr. Helsing is an especial target due to her work. Love the characters in this book (stronger than the plot). https://cannonballread.com/2019/05/strange-practice-a-dr-greta-helsing-novel-elc...

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Conservio
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Finished these over the weekend. The trauma cleaner was my first biography/ memoir for the year (goal is 6). Both 4/5 for me.

#memoir #lgbtqia+ #supernatural

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Linsy
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I‘m loving this series! Not only is it full of gothic literary references, but also all the supernatural. It also somehow feels back in time while it‘s actually set present day. And it just pulls me in! 💀🧛🏻‍♂️👻

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GivenLemons
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This book had amazing world building! The number of depth of the supernatural creatures was fantastic, as was the fact that they had normal problems as well as supernatural ones. It was also really hard to put down! The mystery kept me reading.

imyril It was a lot of fun. I didn‘t like the romance, but I enjoyed that sense of a supernatural community / ecosystem and how it can be magical and mundane at the same time. And I loved how Ruthven was everybody‘s Mom friend 😂 11mo
GivenLemons @imyril He‘s such a Mum friend that he‘s the whole supernatural community‘s Mum! 😊 11mo
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Asides
Strange Practice | Vivian Shaw
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I enjoyed this, not your typical urban fantasy.

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BookHoarder32
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A solid four 🌟's

I really liked this one. This London reminded me of the London in Aaronovitch's River of London series and I feel like Dr. Greta Helsing and Peter Grant would work great together.

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BookHoarder32
Strange Practice | Vivian Shaw

Anyone else see reading as a competitive sport? It's like I'm either not reading at all or reading a book until 3am, determined to finish it.

There's no casually picking up a book and reading a couple chapters... 🙄🤔

Libby1 🙋🏼‍♀️ 12mo
Birdsong28 🙋🙋🙋📚📖 12mo
BookHoarder32 @Libby1 @Birdsong28 Glad to know I'm not alone! 😁 12mo
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BookishMarginalia
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Thank you so much @Eyelit for the wonderful #kindlitsy surprise! This one looks like so much fun! 💜💜💜

BarbaraTheBibliophage I loved this book! Enjoy! 13mo
Lizpixie I also loved this book! I have the 2nd one in my tentative #24in48 stack 13mo
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SassenachTheBookWizard
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This was alright! I found the ending to be a little anti-climactic and a cop out. It sort of suffers from "author has idea and develops one side but doesn't totally know how to explain the other side." I also found the pacing to be a little difficult--especially when things were happening and yet it still felt like we were spinning our wheels. It had potential to be really cool but the author just didn't execute it properly.

IndoorDame That‘s too bad the cover is so fabulous I almost want to read it anyway 13mo
SassenachTheBookWizard @IndoorDame it's honestly not BAD. Just not everything I hoped. I also just read The Rook which is also a contemporary paranormal which was AMAZING so I can't help but compare it. I'm still interested in the sequel tbh 13mo
IndoorDame @SassenachTheBookWizard I will have to read the rook then. Thanks for the rec! 13mo
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SassenachTheBookWizard
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How you spend New Year's Eve is how you'll spend the new year...

CoverToCoverGirl Oh no! 🤣🤣 13mo
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Court7
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Fun!

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chaoticgoodhufflepuff
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I'm spoiled after Goss, so I wish that the background female characters were a little more present than the group of The Guys and Greta.

This was still a fun, fascinating book about a doctor to the supernatural. She's brilliant and compassionate. I kind of adore her.

The world building was just enough to pique my interest, implying a much wider world than we get to see. I'm greatly looking forward to the next book. 🌕🌕🌕🌕🌑

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WeeWeegieBookworm
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My next audiobook. Enjoying it so far 😁

KeepCalmWithBooksAndCoffee Ohhhh. I really want to check this one out. 1y
BarbaraTheBibliophage I quite liked this one!! 1y
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chaoticgoodhufflepuff
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1 - 🥔🥔🥔🥔
2 - Tamora Pierce
3 - Disney's Robin Hood (so 🦊y)
4 - middle of the day pigeon

#friyayintro @howjessreads

howjessreads Lol @ so 🦊 -y!! 😂😂 1y
Nessavamusic ❤️Tamora Pierce! 1y
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Shadowfat
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I liked the plot of this and thought it was an interesting concept, but the writing style just wasn't for me. I'm sorry it took me so long to read this @theresidentromantic but I'll be mailing it back to you this week!

theresidentromantic It's ok, I'm apparently the worst at this game, possibly ever. I still need to send my reads back too. I'm sorry you weren't crazy about it, but it is definitely different! 1y
Shadowfat @theresidentromantic no worries, I'm glad I wasn't the only one, I felt really bad about how long it took. It is different but I'm glad I finished it because I liked the ending 😀 1y
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MCYmermaid
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Reading “help.” #dogsoflitsy

TheBookKeepers 😂 silly pup! 1y
MCYmermaid Indeed! 1y
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theresidentromantic
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Having finished the magical, delightful, and slightly romantic sequel to Strange Practice, I'm on a kick and the only solution is more cowbell! Give me your magical, delightful, and slightly romantic non YA please and thank you 💕

theresidentromantic @AmyG Thanks!! This looks sweet, I'll pick it up :) 1y
AmyG I loved it. Enjoy! 1y
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IamIamIam @theresidentromantic I have it!!! I'll send it up next week if you didn't grab it yet! 1y
theresidentromantic @IamIamIam That would be great!! 💕 1y
RadicalReader @theresidentromantic if you enjoy suspense novels I highly and strongly recommend that you run to your nearest library or get on the computer to reserve on your library‘s website 12mo
theresidentromantic @RadicalReader That seems excellent, thank you! 12mo
RadicalReader @theresidentromantic you‘re welcome hope you enjoy it. Looking forward to your quotes, blurbs and review of it 12mo
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bunny
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Dr Greta Helsing's patients are all supernatural beings, though many of them are more like friends and family. When a shadowy cult-like group begins terrorizing the underground supernatural community of modern day London, it falls to Greta and those friends to put a stop to it.

This book was a little slow to start, but by about 30% of the way in I was totally hooked. I'm definitely going to read the sequel.

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lahousewyfe
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Entertaining little world for a lazy Labor Day weekend. Not enough to make me search out the rest of the series, but I loved the strong and open-minded Doctor Helsing. Her attitude made the book.

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bunny
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My #SeptemberTBR! 🍂 I've already started Strange Practice, and it's great so far. I've peeked at My Plain Jane too, and it looks really fun. The Tale of Halcyon Crane has been on my shelf for years, so I'm looking forward to finally reading it!

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BookishShelly
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I believe it was here on Litsy that I heard about this book and how good it is. And I‘m so glad I did. I really enjoyed it. I plan to get the sequel from the library soon.

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Limonotte
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This was fun with a fantastic cast of characters. I‘ll probably be checking out the next one in the series. Shaw has a great knack for affectionate sarcasm when it comes to dialogue.

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