Strange Practice by Vivian Shaw
Release Date: 25 July 2017
My Rating: 4/5
Dr. Greta Helsing runs a private clinic for some of London’s most unusual clientele. London’s supernatural, from vampires to mummies, ghouls, banshees, witches, and various in-between things, are Greta’s patients. Called to the aftermath of an attack on a vampyre, Greta and an unlikely team band together to stop an ancient monastic order, targeting both monster and man, before these monks fully terrorize its citizens and raze the city to the ground.
This is an absolutely wonderful supernatural thriller. It is full of humor, witty and extensive good/evil discourse, and contains a cast of fabulous monsters. My only reservation was that I occasionally found myself lost in circular, detailed explanations of moralistic, divine, or clinical issues and believe these could have been more clearly presented. Dry, British humor comes perfectly from the vampires, a fatherly demon fills the emotional needs of the main character, and troubled ghouls accompany the funny, compassionate, and entirely relatable character of Dr. Greta Helsing. I predict this supernatural series will acquire quite the following as it continues. Well-written and delightfully light I already look forward to the coming troubles the team will face (and the development of budding romance!) in the next installment.
~ Thanks much to Netgalley and Orbit Books for the ARC ~