Ghosts of Gotham

Ghosts of Gotham

Irresistibly drawn to mysteries, if only to debunk them, reporter Lionel Page exposes supernatural frauds, swindlers, and charlatans. His latest case is an obsession—at least for an ancient and wealthy heiress: verify the authenticity of a lost Edgar Allan Poe manuscript circulating through New York City’s literary underworld. But the shrewd Regina Dunkle offers more than...

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Ghosts of Gotham Reviews

  • ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)

    . This book could have been boring as fish. Oh yes, most definitely. I mean, a

    (BTT™)? About a reporter hired by an eccentric, reclusive heiress to locate and authenticate an obscure Edgar Allan Poe manuscript? YAWN, right?

    ,

    and stuff, right? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Clueless Barnacles will be clueless, as usual. Please take a look at the

    , my Comely Decapods. Go on, have a quick look,

    . This book could have been boring as fish. Oh yes, most definitely. I mean, a

    (BTT™)? About a reporter hired by an eccentric, reclusive heiress to locate and authenticate an obscure Edgar Allan Poe manuscript? YAWN, right?

    ,

    and stuff, right? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Clueless Barnacles will be clueless, as usual. Please take a look at the

    , my Comely Decapods. Go on, have a quick look,

    I’m not going anywhere.

    . What name do you see up there? Yep, that’s right. Craig. Schaefer. (Wow, you can read! Good for you and stuff!) Aka my co-top boyfriend

    beloved daddy. Aka one of the founding members of my

    (HQoUA™). Aka one of the very very few authors on this puny little planet who can do

    . So. To recap. This book could have been siesta-inducing. But Craig Schaefer wrote it.

    . Ha.

    , so we have a reporter guy called Lionel Page. He specializes in

    supernatural frauds and scams and hoaxes (oh my!). You could say that his mission in life is kinda sorta to prove that

    . (Hahahahaha. Poor guy. It really sucks for him that he ended up being the lead in a Craig Schaefer book.) At the beginning of the story, Little Lionel finds himself in

    because reasons, which leads him to make a not-so-little deal with the eccentric, reclusive heiress I mentioned up there ↑↑, which in turn leads him to go to New York, which in turn leads him to meet lots of

    (SEF™) (if a little not entirely human) people whose sole concern is to make sure Little Lionel has a

    while visiting the Big Apple. Much

    ensue.

    (Always there to give out-of-towners good, sound advice these SEF™ New Yorkers.)

    , this is indeed a world where it is better to be a

    . (If you want to survive more than two and a half seconds, anyway.) And what a

    world it is, too. It’s scrumptiously

    , it’s deliciously

    , and a most stupendous mix of

    . A world where

    meet Slavic folklore meet

    (who happen to know a thing or two about stock exchange) meet Russian mobsters meet

    (oh my again!) meet blood-smeared kisses meet

    meet interior decorating, fresh viscera-style meets

    meet an insurance that’s in insurance (don’t ask) meets phantasms and ghouls and carnage (oh my again

    !) meet

    meet Edgar Allan Poe (duh). Best, most

    that ever was, methinks.

    being Awesome Mr Schaefer, he didn’t stop at that and also threw in a

    (SEIP™). And a

    (SFP™) one at that. Then there are the twists. And turns. And bloody shrimping

    so bloody shrimping

    and bloody shrimping

    that they make you go all …

    💌

    , in pure, wondrous Schaefer fashion, are splendidly

    and beautifully

    . Lionel is a pretty cool

    with a somewhat obscure, slightly a little bit violent past and a few, um,

    . But the character who really steals the show here? Introducing…Our resident

    …Madison Hannah! She is amazing, she is badass, she is

    , she is spoiler spoiler spoiler. I’m pretty sure she’d be instant best friends with my boyfriend Danny Faust’s girlfriend Caitlin (who is also my girlfriend, just so you know. One big happy

    family and all that).

    . (Boom! Kidnapped! Poof, Gone, Harem and stuff!) How Craig Schaefer manages to create such

    , multi-faceted, strong yet vulnerable female characters is beyond me. He must have

    in exchange for this most uncommon talent or something. It is the only

    , if you ask me.

    . (Sorry, it cannot be helped, it’s the Deadly Schaefer Effect™.)

    (NLW™): this book. It is

    (SVG™). Read it. Well you can’t read it now, since it hasn’t been released yet.

    How terribly sad indeed. To think you have to wait

    until it’s officially published.

    .

    [

    ]

    , thou hast bloody shrimping done it again.

    .

    Most

    indeed I am. And so is

    , from what I hear.

    .

    There is SO much much much and much more to this story than

    ghosts. Just so you know.

    [

    ]

    An

    I have.

    Slightly

    I am.

    [

    ]

    Craig Schaefer said: “

    . Ghosts that do things with

    ,” and I went all:

    ,” you ask? Because

    and stuff. Obviously.

  • Fiona

    If we've been friends on Goodreads for a while, it's probably not a secret that I'm a ridiculously enthusiastic fan of Craig Schaefer's books (and eternal thanks to

    , who has championed the shit out of this author, for switching me onto them). Nevertheless, when Ghosts of Gotham came up on Netgalley, I knew I was just the reader to give a completely unbiased and fair review.

    Now that we've all stopped laughing...all bias aside, this is a great book. It's a new series, with a new hero/manic

    If we've been friends on Goodreads for a while, it's probably not a secret that I'm a ridiculously enthusiastic fan of Craig Schaefer's books (and eternal thanks to

    , who has championed the shit out of this author, for switching me onto them). Nevertheless, when Ghosts of Gotham came up on Netgalley, I knew I was just the reader to give a completely unbiased and fair review.

    Now that we've all stopped laughing...all bias aside, this is a great book. It's a new series, with a new hero/manic pixie dream girl, Lionel Page, investigative reporter extraordinaire. And he's on the hunt for a book - when, in true Craig Schaefer style, the wheels start falling off the world he thought he knew.

    If you've read any of his other series, there's some standout Craig Schaefer trademarks present here - he still writes women better than any other author I'm familiar with, some of the more horrific moments are

    terrifying, and there's a couple of stellar twisty turns in the plot that took me completely by surprise. But otherwise, despite this being his fifth separate storyline, there's no feeling of retreading ground - this was fresh, new, and an absolute ball to read. Maddie and her storyline are second only to Harmony Black in my hierarchy of fictional characters I wish I could hang out with in real life; even the villain was just so satisfying.

    Should you be a Craig Schaefer newbie, this is definitely a good place to start. And if you're already a fan, then the news is good - this is another absolutely fantastic book from him, with the bonus of more new characters to meet and love.

  • Robin (Bridge Four)

    What can I say? Craig Shaefer has done something really special in

    .  He has taken an Edgar Allen Poe story and made it the focus of a mystery that delves into occult, that in itself is a good story.  But he has also taken two characters, which on their own might not be incredibly sympathetic and turned them into the heroes of this tale and made me wonder how long should someone pay for the sins of their past?  The magic in t

    What can I say? Craig Shaefer has done something really special in

    .  He has taken an Edgar Allen Poe story and made it the focus of a mystery that delves into occult, that in itself is a good story.  But he has also taken two characters, which on their own might not be incredibly sympathetic and turned them into the heroes of this tale and made me wonder how long should someone pay for the sins of their past?  The magic in this story isn’t just in the plot but in the stories of both Lionel and Madison (

    )

    Lionel is a reporter with a strange past who debunks frauds pretending to use magic.  He is good at his job and so far hasn’t found one case of true magic, that is until now. Lionel meets a powerful woman, who would like him to get a copy of the true final page of an Edgar Allen Poe story.  It seems simple, go to New York, find the book and authenticate the final pages. It’s not simple, its not easy and Lionel is about to find out the true magic he has been looking for is out there and it is coming for him.

    ღღღ  

    ღღღ

    It is fun; it's fast and it takes two characters with demons and pasts of their own and makes you root for them while trying to decipher their backstories.  Lionel has few friends and a string of prior lovers who were left with feelings of overwhelming disappointment. Maggie is a witch and she is about to lift the veil for Lionel and show him things he can never un-see.  She is strong yet somehow broken, so I loved her immediately. Maybe these two broken characters might have it in them to fit together and fill the lonely gaps in each other’s lives.

    This Urban Fantasy world is subtle and fantastic.  There are witches, gods, cults, demons, ghouls, necromancy, secret societies and other things left unnamed that haunt children’s fairy tales.  This is a detective story wrapped up in all the best things occult. You might think a book about searching for a book might be boring but when the undead alligator comes for you in a New York Sewer, I think you might change your mind.

    Maggie’s backstory was so unexpected that when it was revealed my jaw might have dropped to the floor with the stroke of genius it was.  I loved how Shaefer took a character I thought I knew and blew my mind with the ‘what if’ of it. *applauds* Well done Mr. Shaefer, well done.

    Regina, the very powerful, very rich woman who hired Lionel and has some ties to Maggie as well, turned out to be a fantastic plot point and I loved the story arc behind her.  She is so mysterious and the pages couldn’t turn fast enough to get through the story to learn everything about the pasts of all the players in the story.

    Shaefer’s writing and style is one with great moments of emotional connection to the characters, moments of fear for the characters and moments of wonder about how all of this is going to come together.  It is so easy to pick ir up and get lost.

    ☢☢☢  

    ☢☢☢

    It might be a standalone, currently it looks like a standalone.  I loved being in this world and I adored Lionel and Maggie by the end of it.  This is a completely self-contained story but I want more time with Maggie and Lionel.  I want to go on more adventures with them and while this adventure is concluded, I really hope Shaefer has more ideas for the characters in this world.

  • Montzalee Wittmann

    Ghosts of Gotham by Craig Schaefer is a book I requested from NetGalley and the review is voluntary. Wow, this book is extraordinary! It is going in my "favorite of all time folder"!

    It is a cross of mythology, The Supernaturals, Alfred Hitchcock, and a mash of every horror show I've seen. So many twists and surprises that I gave up on trying to figure it out and just held on and rode this wild ride to the end! Nothing is as it seems! No one is who they say they are...

    Ghouls, goddess, an old Po

    Ghosts of Gotham by Craig Schaefer is a book I requested from NetGalley and the review is voluntary. Wow, this book is extraordinary! It is going in my "favorite of all time folder"!

    It is a cross of mythology, The Supernaturals, Alfred Hitchcock, and a mash of every horror show I've seen. So many twists and surprises that I gave up on trying to figure it out and just held on and rode this wild ride to the end! Nothing is as it seems! No one is who they say they are...

    Ghouls, goddess, an old Poe manuscript, magic, cults, witches, and beings unknown. I loved every page! It is so tightly thought out. The characters are so real, so well developed. The suspense, the world building, the action, the mad genius of this novel is absolutely fabulous!

    I don't want to tell anything about it, I would hate to give anything away. Just read it if you love a good fantasy with lots of magic, lots of mysteries, a touch of romance, and through it all, a happy ending!

  • Sh3lly (GrumpyBookGrrrl.com)

    RELEASE DAY!

    Review also found at:

    Release day: April 9, 2019. Publisher: 47North. Rating: ★★★★★

    Craig Schaefer once again proves he is genius-level in the paranormal noir genre. This is my 15th? book and it may be my favorite yet. The writing, the plotting, the characterization, the pacing, the world-building … just gets better and better.

    Have you read Craig Schaefer yet? Yes. Good job. I approve. Have you read Craig Schaefer yet? No?

    So now that my fangirlin

    RELEASE DAY!

    Review also found at:

    Release day: April 9, 2019. Publisher: 47North. Rating: ★★★★★

    Craig Schaefer once again proves he is genius-level in the paranormal noir genre. This is my 15th? book and it may be my favorite yet. The writing, the plotting, the characterization, the pacing, the world-building … just gets better and better.

    Have you read Craig Schaefer yet? Yes. Good job. I approve. Have you read Craig Schaefer yet? No?

    So now that my fangirling is done… This would actually be a great place to start if you are hesitant of starting an ongoing series. I don’t know if this is a stand alone (please don’t be a stand alone, I need more), but it’s a perfect “contained” story that won’t leave you baffled, wondering if you missed something.

    Of course, you have to like ghosts, witches, ghouls, and other things that go bump – and will probably eat you – in the night.

    The main character is Lionel Page, early 30s. He is a reporter, a debunker, successful with what he does, but with a troubled past. He takes an odd job that finds him in New York City, searching for a manuscript by a famous gothic horror author.

    I won’t say too much, but this is similar to the author’s previous work, yet original. I love the magic and mythology, and I think this story, while gory in some bits, is more adventurous and – fun? – than the Daniel Faust series.

    This is a must-read for any Craig Schaefer fan, and if you are new, this is a GREAT place to start. His talent is, in my view, highly underrated. The romance between Lionel and Maddie was definitely ship-worthy. She is a fantastic character, which is not surprising, as the author excels at writing solid female characters.

    There is a lot of new stuff going on here, and I was surprised by several “reveals,” so check it out!

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