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)

    💥

    only

    today!!!

    . 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

    💥

    only

    today!!!

    . 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.

  • Lukasz

    As an investigative reporter, he’s busted psychics, faith healers and miracle men, exposing their powers for nothing more but parlour tricks. 

    He’s proved repeatedly that magic didn’t exist. Craig Schaefer’s proved him wrong.

    Lionel’s new case gets weird fast. He must believe in the unbelievable or die. Simple.

    His insane plotting skills im

    As an investigative reporter, he’s busted psychics, faith healers and miracle men, exposing their powers for nothing more but parlour tricks. 

    He’s proved repeatedly that magic didn’t exist. Craig Schaefer’s proved him wrong.

    Lionel’s new case gets weird fast. He must believe in the unbelievable or die. Simple.

    His insane plotting skills impress me more than his utilitarian prose. That said, I appreciate the way he wrote Ghosts of Gotham. It’s easy to read and easy to understand. 

    Schaefer sets his story in a grim and noisy New York. You don’t have to look far to experience the dark side of humanity The Modern Gomorrah. Rumour has it that Hecate, an arch-manipulator, chose NY as her base. The narrative tallies closely with the Macbeth play though there are a few additions which start things off with an appropriate bang.

    For the most part, this story is split between two main characters:

    Lionel Page(t) an investigative reporter irresistibly drawn to mysteries. He hasn’t recovered from a childhood trauma (a psycho has killed his mother and people unfortunate enough to host her). He’s a workaholic whose life turns around exposing fake miracles. 

    Maddie has years of experience and violent past she tries to run away from. Her relationships with other humans are troubled and determined by her self-loathing. But make no mistake. Don’t even try to push her around. Unless you have a death wish.

    . I loved getting into Maddie’s chapters. Especially as it becomes obvious that you should never toy with her. Lionel’s chapters are equally good. Maybe even more poignant. He has no choice but to abandon his skepticism and plunge head-on in the world of dark magic and monsters.

    . I enjoyed foreshadowing that lead to surprising but inevitable twists. Schaefer does them remarkably well. In essence, it’s a simple story about revenge, loneliness, and life. Very Greek. Very emotional, but also fast and furious. 

    You’ll get to see demons, goblins, witches, semi-goddesses, and others I don’t want to spoil for you. The ending made me excited and satisfied. I wish it wasn’t a standalone book. I loved every minute of it and wouldn’t mind following Lionel’s future endeavours. 

  • 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

    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.

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    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!

  • TS Chan

    Ghost of Gotham is my first book by Craig Schaefer, and it definitely will not be my last.

    I've heard a lot about the Daniel Faust series by Craig Schaefer. When I saw that he has a stand-alone released recently, I thought that this book will be a good sampler of just what the author offers. And I proceeded to devour Ghosts of Gotham in two days. I really developed an almost compulsive addiction to crime thrillers - when I start, I find it very hard to stop binging. This book gave me t

    Ghost of Gotham is my first book by Craig Schaefer, and it definitely will not be my last.

    I've heard a lot about the Daniel Faust series by Craig Schaefer. When I saw that he has a stand-alone released recently, I thought that this book will be a good sampler of just what the author offers. And I proceeded to devour Ghosts of Gotham in two days. I really developed an almost compulsive addiction to crime thrillers - when I start, I find it very hard to stop binging. This book gave me that heady and thrilling concoction with an urban fantasy setting, in New York City!

    New York City, the original inspiration for Gotham City, is such an appropriate backdrop for a crime noir story touched with the supernatural. A lot of supernatural in this case. The evocative and vivid portrayal of this old and sprawling city that never sleeps lends a hectic yet atmospheric and gothic backdrop that just simply enhances the narrative to another level of intensity.

    For the first quarter of the book or so, I was wondering why this book was marketed as urban fantasy as it read like a real-world fictional crime thriller. When the investigation into the lost manuscript brought our primary character, Lionel Page, into a secret society gathering, all hell broke loose. Let's just take a step back here. Secret societies. There is one trope that I can never get tired of, and I believe neither do most readers. How many of us have been entranced by the mention of the Illuminati or the Freemasons, and how often were these used in fiction. I'd say keep them coming.

    Most of the supernatural elements here are drawn from Greek mythology and supplemented with witches, ghouls and necromancy. There was even a tribute to a famous urban legend of New York City regarding a particular inhabitant of its sewers. All delivered in a fast-paced and tight narrative, filled with cleverly-crafted mysteries, which simply begs one to keep turning the pages.

    Aside from the above, there is very little that I can say more of without spoilers. However, I will say that for what appears to be a stand-alone for now, the characters are wonderfully fleshed-out. I was so impressed with how the author was able to do that while maintaining an almost gruelling pace for the main characters. By the end of this book, the one thing that I took away from it is that I would love to read more about Lionel and Maddie.

    Ghosts of Gotham is a darkly delicious read, and I want more of it.

  • ☕️Kimberly

    We meet Lionel Page, a Chicago reporter who exposes supernatural frauds, swindlers, and charlatans. He has made quite a name for himself.

    When a story from his past threatens his livelihood, he accepts a quest from Regina Dunkle to verify the authenticity of a lost Edgar Allan Poe manuscript circulating through New York City. In exchange she promises to make his problem go away. Ah, Lionel we all know how that goes. The tale that unfolds introduces mythology, supernatural elements and paranormal

    We meet Lionel Page, a Chicago reporter who exposes supernatural frauds, swindlers, and charlatans. He has made quite a name for himself.

    When a story from his past threatens his livelihood, he accepts a quest from Regina Dunkle to verify the authenticity of a lost Edgar Allan Poe manuscript circulating through New York City. In exchange she promises to make his problem go away. Ah, Lionel we all know how that goes. The tale that unfolds introduces mythology, supernatural elements and paranormal creatures.

    Schaefer surprised me left and right. When Reginia sends the enigmatic Madison Hannah unbeknownst by the players on the same quest. It had me itching for answers. Then I was surprised and delighted by the discovery of witches and powerful entities as we shot further down the rabbit hole.

    Fans of quests, suspense, quick-witted players and fate will delight in the tale that unfolds. I loved the tunnels, hexes, snarky characters and interaction with supernatural creatures who dwell in the underbelly of New York City. This had a gritty flair to it with the mystery, but also dabbled in gods, between worlds and more.

    The characters see growth as a relationship develops first from a survival aspect until it evolves into something more. It felt genuine and I enjoyed their interactions. The author gave the characters depth, exposed their scars and allowed us to witness their strengths.

    The overall story wrapped up nicely solving several mysteries and giving our couple an HEA. While this is a standalone, it did leave an opening for additional books.

    While I would have chosen a male narrator based on the protagonist, I felt narrator Susannah Jones did a nice job of delivering the story. She managed to give characters their own voice while provided a nicely paced listen.

  • James Tivendale

    "I am thinking," the voice in the chaos said to Lionel, "of writing a new tragedy. You're going to play the hero."

    I received an advanced reading copy of Ghosts of Gotham in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Craig Schaefer and 47North for the opportunity.

    Lionel Page is an investigative journalist who often goes deep undercover to uncover charlatan healers, psychics, and magicians. After exposing Reverend Wright as a fraud to his many admirers Lionel is approached by an apprentice jour

    "I am thinking," the voice in the chaos said to Lionel, "of writing a new tragedy. You're going to play the hero."

    I received an advanced reading copy of Ghosts of Gotham in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Craig Schaefer and 47North for the opportunity.

    Lionel Page is an investigative journalist who often goes deep undercover to uncover charlatan healers, psychics, and magicians. After exposing Reverend Wright as a fraud to his many admirers Lionel is approached by an apprentice journalist. This 'cub' is asking questions about Lionel's buried past, prying into areas that he doesn't feel comfortable discussing, and the young writer has a newspaper highlighting what happened to Lionel when he was 5-years-old. Lionel worked tirelessly to become one of the best reporters for Channel 7 news, is almost a celebrity after releasing a new book relating to his investigative escapades but thinks that his past being unearthed will ruin his career. That very day Lionel meets a mysterious lady called Regina Dunkle who has a proposition for him. Regina wants a rare first draft of an Edgar Allen Poe tale that is rumoured to be in New York. If Lionel helps her obtain this rarity then she offers to make his past disappear. He accepts and this is where the narrative really begins.

    Schaefer is a hybrid author with works such as Harmony Black, Daniel Faust, The Wisdom's Grave and Revanche Cycle. He was a #SPFBO semi-finalist in 2018 and a finalist in 2019 and he is a favourite of Mihir's from Fantasy Book Critic who is a reviewer I really trust. Previously, I had only read Winter's Reach by Schaefer but after reading Ghosts of Gotham I will probably devour his back catalogue as fast as possible.

    Ghosts of Gotham features elements of various genres such as urban fantasy reminiscent of Stephen King's The Drawing of the Three, gothic horror tales, thrillers and a tinge of mystery to boot. It also contains a plethora of details and intricacies regarding Greek myth which reminded me of Dyrk Ashton's Paternus trilogy. The first twenty percent seems like a typical thriller as Lionel goes from Chicago to New York and does a bit of sleuthing to find out more about the Poe draft. Who owns it, when it is going on sale, about a secret cult, details about an employee of the Russian mafia and information about a Wall Street broker who loves drugs and girls slightly too young for his age. Throughout the narrative, it's revealed that New York has a hidden darker side that features magic, ghosts, ghouls, grotesque murders, goddesses, machinery that harvests souls and a mysterious gentleman with blue eyes who seems familiar to Lionel yet he has no idea why.

    We mainly follow Lionel's third-person perspective but a few chapters are from Maddie's viewpoint. She is an actress who keeps crossing paths with Lionel with such regularity that surely it must be planned or fate? She is an intriguing member of the ensemble who also has a past that she is trying to escape from. Other characters include the slimy Wall Street broker Wade Dawson, Lionel's ex-girlfriend and current Boss Bianca and Dergwyn who is a ghoul princess and they are all crafted expertly.

    Each chapter takes approximately ten minutes to read, It's hi-octane, gripping fiction that had my eyes glued to my kindle until I'd finished. I raced through this amalgamation of genres in two days and totally enjoyed the ride. The build-up to the culmination is composed well and includes a decent amount of exciting reveals and plot twists. The finale is extremely satisfying and the novel is completely self-contained. That being said, how it concludes I could imagine Schaefer returning to this version of New York and these characters in the future should he see fit. An incredibly exciting urban fantasy, thriller and mystery concoction that comes highly recommended for fans of all those genres.

  • Emma

    3.5 stars. I was anticipating this as a 5 star read. I loved Schaefer’s Long way down series and his Revanche cycle series too. But I found this a little too similar and didn’t hold my interest that well. There’s a lot of goodness here but it didn’t quite hit the spot.

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