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Dreadful Company
Dreadful Company | Vivian Shaw
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Contemporary fantasy in the world of Strange Practice, starring Dr. Greta Helsing, whose family has been keeping the supernatural community not-alive and well for generations. When Greta Helsing, doctor to the undead, is unexpectedly called to Paris to present at a medical conference, she expects nothing more exciting than professional discourse on zombie reconstructive surgery and skin disease in bogeymen -- and hopefully at least one uneventful night at the Opera. Unfortunately for Greta, Paris happens to be infested with a coven of vampires -- and not the civilized kind. If she hopes to survive, Greta must navigate the darkest corners of the City of Lights, the maze of ancient catacombs and mine-tunnels underneath the streets, where there is more to find than simply dead men's bones. Dr. Greta Helsing novelsStrange PracticeDreadful Company
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Timidmagick
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Even better than the first book in the series. Young vampire coven causes havoc in Paris. I do have to dock it for using the word Frisson though.

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kristenm
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This series just makes me happy. This is book two and I absolutely adore the way all of my years of fall RIP reading have paid off! When I immediately recognized MR James‘ whistle-monster when it appeared in this story, I felt like a genius. Plus, references to 80‘s music and Monty Python with amazing messages of internal strength and found family? I love it all.

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shanaqui
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Reread complete! Still in love with all of it. Still adore Greta calling Corvin an edgelord.

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Michollio
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The gang is back and this time they're in Paris. Greta is dragged into some major issues, and it's up to the group and a few newcomers to fix the problems and save the world.

#BookishBingo: Skull on the cover

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sidherinn
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This is the 2nd in the series. I thoroughly enjoyed it. As I said for the 1st in the series, it would be a great beach read. I actually read it on the metro & I'm sure the people next to me thought I was insane because i kept giggling. I'm absolutely looking forward to the 3rd in the series. 👍

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Hufflepuffle
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Another declaration of love for this book and series! Apart from a wonderful mix of supernatural entities what I love most about this book is the relationship between the characters. There is such fierce love and acceptance, it is like a tonic when there is so much hate in the real world! Time whizzes by when reading this and it‘s hard to put down, the sign of a good book! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

shanaqui I feel exactly the same about this series! It just lifts my spirits so much! 7mo
Hufflepuffle @shanaqui Yes! It‘s a feel good book for sure 😊 7mo
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chaoticgoodhufflepuff
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After attending a medical magical conference, Dr Greta Helsing stumbles upon a plot for revenge and an accidental ending of the world.

I liked this one more than 1. We explore Paris and more creatures, meet new characters (Parisian lesbian vampires!), and some momentum in a truly slow burn romance.

The characters that affect the plot are still largely & disappointingly weighted towards male in numbers, so I hope that changes in 3. 🌕🌕🌕🌕🌑

ferskner I'm dying to read this series! 7mo
girlwiththeglasses This book looks interesting 😮😮😍 7mo
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chaoticgoodhufflepuff
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1 - 🎧 Dreadful Company, 📕 Rosemary and Rue
2 - The Prey of Gods
3 - Bringing my youngest sister over to watch Good Omens

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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Hufflepuffle
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It‘s Friday, my two new books arrived and I received more #Litsylove, what a good day!

Thank you for my postcard @laurenslibrary 😊

chaoticgoodhufflepuff I‘m listening to Dreadful Company right now and loving it! And Strange Case is excellent! 7mo
BookHoarder32 Love this series! Cant wait for the next one 7mo
Hufflepuffle @blamethestardust @BookHoarder32 I read the first one and was in love! Can‘t wait to read this one and then for the third to come out! I think I may have to pre-order! 7mo
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BookHoarder32 Awesome! @blamethestardust And I want to give a shout out to @Litsy bc I think I found this post through the new @PostsAboutYourBooks 7mo
Hufflepuffle @bookhoarder @blamethestardust I didn‘t realise that was a thing but I have just followed it and it‘s fab!! 7mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 7mo
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Aaronlisa
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I read this between May 7 & 11; and gave it 5 ⭐️on Good Reads. I think I liked this book more than the first one. I really enjoy the character of Dr Helsing. I am really looking forward to the 3rd book in the series. One of the few times that I was super glad that I bought the first and second book in a series at the same time.

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BookHoarder32
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Minnesota's auditioning to be the North Pole, I think. 🤔🎅🏼

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BookHoarder32
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Taking a break from reading to work on my tropical Samen shawl. Between 8-10 inches of snow dumped on us and minus 18 being the high temp predicted for Wednesday, I'm dreaming of warmer places and tropical drinks. 🍹🏖✈️

#knittersoflitsy

IamIamIam Wow, that's gorgeous!!! 12mo
Kaye Beautiful yarn 12mo
brandymuses I love this combination of yarns. They are all so bold and unique! 12mo
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BookHoarder32
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#libraryhaul

I added a bunch of YA releases to my hold list earlier this month, when I caught they were being ordered and they're starting to come in now. And of course, now doing the round of sequels for what I finished last week. 🎉 The library rocks! 📚

LeticiaToraci Love Samantha Shamnon's books! 12mo
BookHoarder32 @LeticiaToraci I was hooked after the bone season! I put her new dragon one on hold at the library too. 12mo
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IndyHannaJones
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Because I'm bored at work, I am creeping on some of my favorite authors. I'm greatly looking forward to the third book in this series (being released this summer hopefully). In the meantime, I've been reading her recaps on 'Varney the Vampire'. Shaw's recaps and explanations are hilarious so if you'd like a giggle head over to her page! The Fuzz does her best creepy, lurking vampire impersonation.

BarbaraTheBibliophage I loved Strange Practice. Need to read book two! 12mo
IndyHannaJones @BarbaraTheBibliophage it's even better in my opinion. 12mo
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Ekkross
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I would very much like my own baby well monster!

PickwickPlockPlock They are so cute, right? 🤗 12mo
Ekkross @PickwickPlockPlock yes! And the whistle monster is too in its own way 12mo
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Ekkross
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Thoroughly enjoying this series

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Lizpixie
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#BookMail Pt14 This is the 2nd book in the “Greta Halsing MD” series about Dr Halsing & her clinic, looking after the Vampires, werewolves, ghouls & gargoyles of London, no monster is too big or small. In this book, she travels to Paris for a conference on zombie medicine but is waylaid by the wild vampire coven living in the catacombs. I won the 1st book in the #24in48readathon & loved it. Had no clue about this one till it popped up on Audible.

BarbaraTheBibliophage I loved the first one. Glad to hear the second is good too! 1y
Rissreads The cover is divine! 💚 1y
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Booksniffer
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I have company while I read. Do I have to read book 1 first? I could..but this has the Eiffel tower and a skull. #catsoflitsy #eiffeltower

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SamaraBear
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It‘s October! That means Halloween reads! Here are the books I plan to read this month (I also re-read Night Circus at the end of September/beginning of October to get ready). #halloweenismyfavorite #octobertbr #spookyreads

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I love this series. Greta Helsing is doctor to all the things that go bump in the night. In book 1 we got introduced to a wonderful new underworld of London. For book 2 we jump to Paris where reality is being ripped apart, a nest of vampires is causing havoc, and Greta finds herself in the middle of it all. Add in the Gothic feels of the Palais Garnier and the Parisian catacombs and you have yourself an awesome story. If you like UF, pick this up.

Sace Stacked! 1y
bunny Loved the first book and I can't wait to read this one! Thanks for the great review. 1y
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thebeercolonel
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Second instalment of what's becoming a favourite contemporary fantasy series of mine. Definitely for fans of Ben Aarronovitch's series , funny , spooky and with a good strong heart to the whole business

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theresidentromantic
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I LOVE THESE BOOKS SO MUCH. Greata makes me happy, the prose makes me happy, Varney makes me happy, the plot makes me happy. I press strange practice into the hands of anyone I can, and the sequel was just as good. 💖💖💖💖💖

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theresidentromantic
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At the end of a very busy, no good day, I've started my birthday book with this adorable new bookmark 💕💕 Even the first few pages feel like a sigh of relief.

Jas16 Sorry that you had a bad day. Hope tomorrow is better 1y
theresidentromantic @Jas16 The rest of the week was much better!! Thank you 💕 1y
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shanaqui
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Catching up on Litsy after some busy days! Moving is going okay -- I found us a flat and signed the contract with the landlord. Wish us luck!

Anyway, this book made for very good downtime. I think on the whole I prefer the first book, but I do so adore Greta and i kinda love the whistler and the wellmonsters.

(Thinking about it, maybe she's what I'd have called in my fanfic days a Mary Sue -- she's too capable, likeable, moral, etc? Not for me.)

DivineDiana Good luck! 🍀 1y
Clare-Dragonfly Good luck with moving! 1y
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shanaqui
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Okay I have no further comments than zomg Greta!! 💙💙 She says screw being a damsel in distress and I love it.

Lifehack: use a suitcase as a portable bookshelf! In the process of moving and integrating the two halves of my book collection. No space right now on shelves, so, tada!

Liatrek This is a brilliant idea! I will 100% try that next time 😊 1y
Linsy Perfect suitcase! 11mo
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shanaqui
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Snatching a moment to read more while waiting for a train.

Oh, btw, Litsy friends, if you're interested -- I've started a new blog for my writing over on https://bluemoontime.wordpress.com
I try to write all kinds of genres -- right now there's some fantasy and some sci-fi, and I'm putting up a mystery of sorts tomorrow. I'm mostly just doing it for the fun of it, but if you do check it out and enjoy, I'd love to hear it!

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Dreadful Company is the sequel to Strange Practice and I liked it as much or more than the first. It's a fun book, even though not so funny things happen, probably because the main characters are so likeable. It takes place in Paris instead of London, which means we don't see Greta's practice, but it has the cutest kinds of monsters you could imagine. I can't wait for part three!
It fills the sequel slot in the #SFFTBRChallenge (five books down).

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ablachly
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Greta Helsing is just as clever and lovely in this sequel, set in Paris instead of London this time. I flat out love this series—the characters are smart and caring and it‘s urban fantasy, yes, but also full of medicine and science and history and folklore. Just great.

kgriffith Post about the first one so I can stack it from you 1y
ablachly @kgriffith I did. 4 months ago! 1y
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shanaqui
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I am not reading much because my brain is being a git and thinking I should work constantly, but I have got a chunk into this. 💙💙💙 Greta.