Strange Practice

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.

Van Helsing is a household name as his battles with the undead and strange are well-known. Makes sense his descendants would carry on the tradition of being involved with the supernatural albeit in a different way. Dr. Greta Helsing operates a clinic in an entertaining urban fantasy using London as the backdrop in this first of a new series that has her involved with a serial killer.

Vivian Shaw created an interesting world with a unique premise that will have you anxiously waiting for the sequels. Expect the unexpected as it is definitely different than your protypical urban fantasy which makes the storyline and surprises all that much sweeter as you travel through a side of London unfamiliar to most.

Shaw picked a wonderful teaser to end her novel on to hook you into continuing with her series but even before you arrive at that the dry British humor, extensive examination of good versus evil and an eclectic cast will have you wanting more from this supernaturally chilling page-turner. As good as her plot is, the real meat is in her character work and this is where Shaw’s talent shines through the best as she assembled an array of humans of monsters for your fantasy pleasure.

Thank you to Netgalley and Orbit Books for allowing me to review this book.

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