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In this spellbinding novella, E.J. Stevens weaves a tale of murder, necromancy, and demonic possession that brings together characters from her Whitechapel Paranormal Society Victorian horror series and award-winning Ivy Granger Psychic Detective urban fantasy series on the fog-shrouded cobblestones of Craven Street. The discovery of bricked up skeletal remains In this spellbinding novella, E.J. Stevens weaves a tale of murder, necromancy, and demonic possession that brings together characters from her Whitechapel Paranormal Society Victorian horror series and award-winning Ivy Granger Psychic Detective urban fantasy series on the fog-shrouded cobblestones of Craven Street. The discovery of bricked up skeletal remains at 36 Craven Street point to something more diabolical than an illegal anatomy school. The tool marks on the bones, arcane sigils of great power, indicate more than mere butchery, more than enlightened experimentation. The signs, omens, and portents support the crown's greatest fears. A great evil is being unleashed upon the gaslit streets of London, a blood-drenched shadow reaching skeletal fingers beyond the slums of Whitechapel. We must stamp out this demonic plague for the sake of our Queen, our Country, and our immortal souls. - Cora Drummond, Whitechapel Paranormal Society Collecting human souls is a thankless job, nearly as tedious as acting as solicitor to the fae. But when the demon Forneus enters an opium den searching for men eager to trade their souls for the ill-smelling weed, he stumbles on a plot so devious, so heinous, he's jealous that he hadn't thought of it himself. There's nothing like a maniacal plot to unleash Hell on earth to break the boredom of immortality. - Forneus, Grand Marquis of Hell The Whitechapel Paranormal Society series is a Victorian horror series set in London's East End. The Ivy Granger Psychic Detective series is an award-winning urban fantasy series known for heart-pounding action, quirky characters, and supernatural horrors.


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In this spellbinding novella, E.J. Stevens weaves a tale of murder, necromancy, and demonic possession that brings together characters from her Whitechapel Paranormal Society Victorian horror series and award-winning Ivy Granger Psychic Detective urban fantasy series on the fog-shrouded cobblestones of Craven Street. The discovery of bricked up skeletal remains In this spellbinding novella, E.J. Stevens weaves a tale of murder, necromancy, and demonic possession that brings together characters from her Whitechapel Paranormal Society Victorian horror series and award-winning Ivy Granger Psychic Detective urban fantasy series on the fog-shrouded cobblestones of Craven Street. The discovery of bricked up skeletal remains at 36 Craven Street point to something more diabolical than an illegal anatomy school. The tool marks on the bones, arcane sigils of great power, indicate more than mere butchery, more than enlightened experimentation. The signs, omens, and portents support the crown's greatest fears. A great evil is being unleashed upon the gaslit streets of London, a blood-drenched shadow reaching skeletal fingers beyond the slums of Whitechapel. We must stamp out this demonic plague for the sake of our Queen, our Country, and our immortal souls. - Cora Drummond, Whitechapel Paranormal Society Collecting human souls is a thankless job, nearly as tedious as acting as solicitor to the fae. But when the demon Forneus enters an opium den searching for men eager to trade their souls for the ill-smelling weed, he stumbles on a plot so devious, so heinous, he's jealous that he hadn't thought of it himself. There's nothing like a maniacal plot to unleash Hell on earth to break the boredom of immortality. - Forneus, Grand Marquis of Hell The Whitechapel Paranormal Society series is a Victorian horror series set in London's East End. The Ivy Granger Psychic Detective series is an award-winning urban fantasy series known for heart-pounding action, quirky characters, and supernatural horrors.

30 review for Craven Street

  1. 4 out of 5

    ☙ percy ❧

    this is a penny dreadful with a heavy emphasis on dreadful. i can appreciate a good pulp story as much as the next person, but it takes a very good author to get the right balance between melodramatics that heighten the fun and enjoyment of a book without slipping into naff territory. and this was, i'm afraid to say, just naff. author is very clearly non-british and i clocked she was american very soon. this was only highlighted by the simile "like a puma," which only a denizen of the this is a penny dreadful with a heavy emphasis on dreadful. i can appreciate a good pulp story as much as the next person, but it takes a very good author to get the right balance between melodramatics that heighten the fun and enjoyment of a book without slipping into naff territory. and this was, i'm afraid to say, just naff. author is very clearly non-british and i clocked she was american very soon. this was only highlighted by the simile "like a puma," which only a denizen of the north american continent would make. this wouldn't matter except from the fact that this is written first-person perspective from a woman from victorian london and ruins the immersiveness. of course non-brits can write british people, but you need to make them sound authentic. related to this, the faux-Victorian language is far too contrived, and at some points read a bit like Thesaurus-itis. example: "what ridiculous confabulation did they presume now?" this works in a tongue-in-cheek manner such as gail carriger's fantastic soulless series, but not in sincerity. other basic london errors - whitechapel is not on the thames. it's close, but it's not on it as stated in the book. i don't except super in-depth historical research, but this is a five-second google search's worth of info. the chavunistic leader of the male paranormal branch is literally called snidely-moore. snidely. SNIDELY snidely-moore also speaks with a rough accent that i can only assume is supposed to be cockney, where all the goodies speak like aristocracy or at least bourgeoisie. this is my ultimate pet peeve, because not only is it simply lazy, but it pen-and-inks of classism. (to all those unfamiliar with cockney rhyming slang: it stinks.) you may notice some of my comments may seem like nitpicking. as stated in other reviews of mine, i tend to go in Nitpicking Mode when i'm already unimpressed by the writing, otherwise i can let it slide. but this was already seeming rather mediocre to me, so my Nitpicking Mode was engaged. sorry 'bout it. (another nitpick - the character called margaret who goes by lottie. lottie is not short for margaret. maybe quirky people in modern day may use it, but not the victorians.) but, despite all these flaws, it was a little bit fun, hence the two stars rather than one. there was also a non-binary side character who uses they/them pronouns, which i appreciated very much as this is rare in any book but especially historical. i also liked the budding sapphic relationship, because y'all know i go soft for queer romances. but there are far better dark fantasy/horror victorian works out there, and i wouldn't recommend this one.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Meenaz Lodhi

    Cora, a sergeant working for the Special Paranormal Research Branch, -a secret group within the British police force, created to monitor and gauge paranormal threats-, together with her women constables team investigates a surge of horrendous activities. A Victorian era based paranormal story, full of horror and demonic possessions, with its typical chauvinism encounters, sexism, the London underworld of misshapen and depravity. A great world and social insight and background life of the world i Cora, a sergeant working for the Special Paranormal Research Branch, -a secret group within the British police force, created to monitor and gauge paranormal threats-, together with her women constables team investigates a surge of horrendous activities. A Victorian era based paranormal story, full of horror and demonic possessions, with its typical chauvinism encounters, sexism, the London underworld of misshapen and depravity. A great world and social insight and background life of the world in those days. A very entertaining book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Devann

    I haven't read any other books by this author yet but I picked up a free copy of this so I thought I would give it a go. It's very short and there's honestly not a lot of depth but it was a fairly fun read and I'm always here for Victorian lesbians so that honestly probably got it a whole extra star all on its own. I would continue with the series but I would hope the other books would be longer because Stevens just could not really fit an engaging mystery in this small amount of space. Still de I haven't read any other books by this author yet but I picked up a free copy of this so I thought I would give it a go. It's very short and there's honestly not a lot of depth but it was a fairly fun read and I'm always here for Victorian lesbians so that honestly probably got it a whole extra star all on its own. I would continue with the series but I would hope the other books would be longer because Stevens just could not really fit an engaging mystery in this small amount of space. Still decent for a short novella though.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Stoolfire

    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Craven Street (Whitechapel Paranormal Society #0.5) by E.J. Stevens is a good little novella for fans of gothic mysteries with a dash of fantasy. It goes quick and the world that Stevens has created is very atmospheric, but I have to admit I felt somewhat out of the loop. There's much more I'd like to know about the world the characters inhabit. This is my first time reading anything by the author and this has gotten me interested enough to come back for more(Whitechapel/>Craven I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Craven Street (Whitechapel Paranormal Society #0.5) by E.J. Stevens is a good little novella for fans of gothic mysteries with a dash of fantasy. It goes quick and the world that Stevens has created is very atmospheric, but I have to admit I felt somewhat out of the loop. There's much more I'd like to know about the world the characters inhabit. This is my first time reading anything by the author and this has gotten me interested enough to come back for more in the future.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Darrell Grizzle

    A richly atmospheric novel, the first in a new series about The Whitechapel Paranormal Society in Victorian-era London. You can almost see the flicker of the gaslamps through the fog as you read, and feel the creeping dread. Forneus, the demon lawyer from the author’s Ivy Granger series, makes an appearance here, but the emphasis is on Cora Drummond and her team of investigators in the Special Paranormal Research Branch, a secret group within the British police force. Highly recommended for fans A richly atmospheric novel, the first in a new series about The Whitechapel Paranormal Society in Victorian-era London. You can almost see the flicker of the gaslamps through the fog as you read, and feel the creeping dread. Forneus, the demon lawyer from the author’s Ivy Granger series, makes an appearance here, but the emphasis is on Cora Drummond and her team of investigators in the Special Paranormal Research Branch, a secret group within the British police force. Highly recommended for fans of penny dreadfuls at their finest!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sherry Fundin

    The cover has an eerie vibe and I do I love the location, Whitechapel. It made me feel as if Jack The Ripper was looking over my shoulder as I walked the streets…or should I say ran, because there be monsters here. I also love that the Whitechapel Paranormal Society has an all female unit. We have plenty of action and sometimes our enemy will be our friend, as the bodies pile up. Gritty, dangerous action in this other worldly battle between good and evil. Though The cover has an eerie vibe and I do I love the location, Whitechapel. It made me feel as if Jack The Ripper was looking over my shoulder as I walked the streets…or should I say ran, because there be monsters here. I also love that the Whitechapel Paranormal Society has an all female unit. We have plenty of action and sometimes our enemy will be our friend, as the bodies pile up. Gritty, dangerous action in this other worldly battle between good and evil. Though there is not a cliffhanger, the story is far from over. I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Craven Street by E J Stevens. See more at fundinmental

  7. 5 out of 5

    Diana in SC

    Very interesting and dark This is the first novella in the new “Whitechapel Paranormal Society” fantasy series. It is set in the same world as EJ Stevens' “Ivy Granger” and “Hunters' Guild” series, except that it takes place over a century before, in Victorian-era London. The world is similar to the actual Victorian London, except that supernatural activity (i.e., demon possession, ghosts, and necromancy) exist and the government is aware of it. A branch of the police secretly handle Very interesting and dark This is the first novella in the new “Whitechapel Paranormal Society” fantasy series. It is set in the same world as EJ Stevens' “Ivy Granger” and “Hunters' Guild” series, except that it takes place over a century before, in Victorian-era London. The world is similar to the actual Victorian London, except that supernatural activity (i.e., demon possession, ghosts, and necromancy) exist and the government is aware of it. A branch of the police secretly handles supernatural problems because the general population remains blissfully unaware of them. Most of this paranormal police force is male, but a small group of them is female, and they call themselves the Whitechapel Paranormal Society. These women encounter an unprecedentedly large occurrence of demon possession, and it is just the tip of the iceberg. I like the friendly, supportive relationships among Cora, Flan, and their female psychic co-workers. These nice relationships give the reader a break from the otherwise extremely dark, sometimes gross situations. By the way, Cora and Flan are lesbians and are just starting a very innocent-style relationship (just one kiss in the entire book). The romance part is very PG, but the horrifying investigation portion would be rated R. There is at least one other LGBTQ character, which adds a nice touch of diversity in urban fantasy. For me, the disgusting parts of the investigation were just a little too gross and dark for me to really enjoy the book. However, the previews at the end for the next two books have me interested enough to read the next one. I also liked seeing Forneus, a somewhat amusing demon character from the Ivy Granger series, in his earlier life. I received a free advanced reading copy from the author, and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    Excellent, scary, and well worth reading! The publisher's blurb gives some idea of what to expect, but not how engaging the characters or plot. Just read it already!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Enticing introduction to an intriguing new series… This novella will capture your attention and tease your imagination from the first page to the very last sentence. The main protagonist, Cora Drummond, is a member of the S.P.R.B. (Special Paranormal Research Branch) in the Whitechapel area of Victorian London. She and a few other female members work together using their various psychic gifts to root out evil in the name of queen and country. There are male members of the S.P.R.B. but Enticing introduction to an intriguing new series… This novella will capture your attention and tease your imagination from the first page to the very last sentence. The main protagonist, Cora Drummond, is a member of the S.P.R.B. (Special Paranormal Research Branch) in the Whitechapel area of Victorian London. She and a few other female members work together using their various psychic gifts to root out evil in the name of queen and country. There are male members of the S.P.R.B. but they do not feature prominently in this story except to show condescending contempt for these women who do not conform to the accepted standards for female comportment of their era. These wonderfully non-conformist ladies will lead the reader on a fast-paced adventure involving murder, mutilation, demonic possession, and sinister world-threatening machinations spawned by unknown forces of evil. No spoilers here – just prepare for a heck of a ride! Of note for those who are faint of heart – there are scenes featuring the discovery of mutilated bodies, but the descriptions are not gory or of nightmare-inducing detail. There is no foul language (unless “bugger” is offensive to you). There is a hint of lesbian potential in a couple of characters but nothing graphic is presented. Overall, this is a riveting first installment of what I hope to be a whole series of adventures with these awesome ladies. I received a copy of this book from the author and the above is my voluntary and unbiased review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Miki

    This was first published on my blog " Lecture toute une Aventure " I loved the Ivy Granger series so i was curious about this series but it's sure really different. This book ( and series?) is really more horror than Ivy Granger's one, it's really dark both in the events happening but also in the character's mentality. The Whitechapel Paranormal Society is a group of women with special abilities who are part of the force but in secret focus on the supernatural elements. They have the This was first published on my blog " Lecture toute une Aventure " I loved the Ivy Granger series so i was curious about this series but it's sure really different. This book ( and series?) is really more horror than Ivy Granger's one, it's really dark both in the events happening but also in the character's mentality. The Whitechapel Paranormal Society is a group of women with special abilities who are part of the force but in secret focus on the supernatural elements. They have their male counterpart but those really looks down on them and even try to hinder their work...their misogynist point of view though understandable in a historical period still started to bother me after a time because they get the job done and even with all those men must have seen with paranormal they still can't respect them? even a minimum? it's frustrating. The intrigue is the start of something bigger and the mystery is really well written, really dark too. The different characters are interesting but we focus on Cora and Flan more than on the others so we see little of their powers but it's tempting so we want to discover more about them and how they choose that job , discovered their abilities etc. That being said some point bothered me more. First at time , i i had the feeling to have missed something as the situation jump to another without really an explanation or link even if we go back to track just after it's like something was missing. Then the relationship between Cora and Flan bothered me....somehow i think it would it would have been better if they were just friends or colleagues , the lover part even if not too developed sounded wrong . I don't know if it's because we get the feeling it's part historical and at that time while homosexuality existed it wasn't done in public or because it give the feeling no male characters could be good enough, open minded to these abilities....it just wasn't necessary for the story in my opinion. But if that doesn't bother you and if you love dark urban fantasy with ghosts and demons this is really a good horror book just probably not for me

  11. 4 out of 5

    Erika S.

    (I recieved this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review) Craven Street is a dark, gas lamp novella that follows two main characters, Cora and Forneus, as their paths intertwine in the paranormal underbelly of the Whitechapel section of London. This leads them to team up and take down a common enemy. Cora, the leader of a small group of uniquely talented. female paranormal investigators, paves the way for strong leading ladies and challenges gender roles in a time well kn (I recieved this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review) Craven Street is a dark, gas lamp novella that follows two main characters, Cora and Forneus, as their paths intertwine in the paranormal underbelly of the Whitechapel section of London. This leads them to team up and take down a common enemy. Cora, the leader of a small group of uniquely talented. female paranormal investigators, paves the way for strong leading ladies and challenges gender roles in a time well known for its conservative ways. Forneus, the Grand Marquis of Hell, serves as the dark, mysterious male character that every reader knows and loves. This novella comprises all the details of a full length novel, in a compact size. The short chapters were captivating, and had me ready to turn the page and find out what happens next. Being a first time reader of this author, I got the feeling that there are some overlapping characters with her other series, but it did not stifle my ability to enjoy the story and the characters at present. I really enjoyed the moments of romance, and found myself wishing for more. Especially since it was not between the male and female main characters, as typically seen. Furthermore. I really liked how the author wrote about bold subject matter (i.e. romance, feminism, pushing gender boundaries) in a way that hit the nail on the head without rubbing the reader's face in it. This novella gives readers a glimpse into the writing style and characters of this author, and does not disappoint. It has all the good qualities of a longer novel, but it is a quick, easy read. Perfect for busy readers! Full time content, part time commitment. Easy readying! -E

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kay Smillie

    3.5 rounded up to 4 stars. This is a Victorian Gothic horror novella to introduce the women of the 'Whitechapel Paranormal Society' (actually the 'Special Paranormal Research Branch' within the police force), and snapshots of the demon Forneus prior to his appearances in the author's 'Ivy Granger, Psychic Detective' series. I found the treatment of the ladies by their male counterparts in the SPRB deplorable, but unsurprising, there are men today who still act the same way. 3.5 rounded up to 4 stars. This is a Victorian Gothic horror novella to introduce the women of the 'Whitechapel Paranormal Society' (actually the 'Special Paranormal Research Branch' within the police force), and snapshots of the demon Forneus prior to his appearances in the author's 'Ivy Granger, Psychic Detective' series. I found the treatment of the ladies by their male counterparts in the SPRB deplorable, but unsurprising, there are men today who still act the same way. People always make fun of what they don't understand, or are afraid of. I liked that this was the first story I have read to contain a nonbinary character. I love the fact that these stories are based on true Victorian (unsolved?) crimes. It does have a Victorian feel about it, except for some 'Americanisms' which (I think...) were in the demon chapters. It was a very easy read, however I was a wee bit disappointed. I wanted more information, gore, and explanations on the arcane symbols. But then, I'm a picky reader. Overall, entertaining enough to sit down with a teapot containing English Builders' Tea, and a plate with a couple of Rich Tea biscuits, and be totally engrossed. Don't forget the pinkie, though!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Elda

    The long blurb to this novella describes this book superbly. I loved the snarkiness. I cringed at the gruesomeness. Felt badly that the women trying to solve the crime were subjected to inappropriate treatment by the men in the precinct. And working with a demon to help solve the crime??? This is a very different sort of crime-solving tale that I felt very easy reading. I have never read a book by this author before, but this little taste of her style has me wanting to read more of her books, mo The long blurb to this novella describes this book superbly. I loved the snarkiness. I cringed at the gruesomeness. Felt badly that the women trying to solve the crime were subjected to inappropriate treatment by the men in the precinct. And working with a demon to help solve the crime??? This is a very different sort of crime-solving tale that I felt very easy reading. I have never read a book by this author before, but this little taste of her style has me wanting to read more of her books, more specifically, the rest of this series. Very enjoyable and entertaining.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Woods

    Craven Street is a dark historical/paranormal mystery. Cora leads an all female team of investigators in the Whitechapel Paranormal Society. Even though they cannot gain the respect of their peers, these women get the job done. Told in altering viewpoints between Cora and the demon, Forneus, a dark tale unfolds of mutated bodies mass demon possessions that leave you hanging for the next book. Gripping and fast paced, the novella flows smoothly and passes way too quickly. My voluntary, unbiased r Craven Street is a dark historical/paranormal mystery. Cora leads an all female team of investigators in the Whitechapel Paranormal Society. Even though they cannot gain the respect of their peers, these women get the job done. Told in altering viewpoints between Cora and the demon, Forneus, a dark tale unfolds of mutated bodies mass demon possessions that leave you hanging for the next book. Gripping and fast paced, the novella flows smoothly and passes way too quickly. My voluntary, unbiased review is based upon a review copy.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Patti

    Overall rating: 4 Set in the seedy districts such as white chapel, this all female paranormal society take on the worst of the worst, all while still being ridiculed and challenged by their male counterparts. The author sets a reader smack dab down on these putrid, opium laced streets while still maintaining the mindset of the streets during that era. These characters are strong willed and determined as well as dangerous. I found it very easy to get caught up in the mystery and impend Overall rating: 4 Set in the seedy districts such as white chapel, this all female paranormal society take on the worst of the worst, all while still being ridiculed and challenged by their male counterparts. The author sets a reader smack dab down on these putrid, opium laced streets while still maintaining the mindset of the streets during that era. These characters are strong willed and determined as well as dangerous. I found it very easy to get caught up in the mystery and impending danger. For a short read I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly this storyline took life. Great read with a Jack the Ripper feel. All my reviews are always voluntarily written,

  16. 5 out of 5

    Christinaraven

    I really liked the story. The theme was interesting and it caught my eyes. Fr a book one and a novella, it gave just enough background as I read the story to figure out the backstory to really enjoy it. I liked Cora and her groups of co-workers as they got their job done. I chose to review as I really liked the story and plan to read more to see what happens next and where the story and characters end up.

  17. 5 out of 5

    David Wright

    I was initially unsure about this novella. Having read the excellent other works by this author in the YA Urban Fantasy genre, I was looking forward to a change of style. The description of it being Victorian Gothic had me sold as I'm a great fan of authors from this period but I think that's where I expected something along the lines of a traditional period piece. This does and doesn't work in this respect as the writing has some great elements of the language, period and overall feel but I was initially unsure about this novella. Having read the excellent other works by this author in the YA Urban Fantasy genre, I was looking forward to a change of style. The description of it being Victorian Gothic had me sold as I'm a great fan of authors from this period but I think that's where I expected something along the lines of a traditional period piece. This does and doesn't work in this respect as the writing has some great elements of the language, period and overall feel but also blends this with some elements from her previous works, not necessarily a bad thing per se, but it spoils the overall feel of the story. Forneus is a Demon from the Ivy Granger series who makes an appearance here, which is not a bad thing, except that he mentions being a solicitor for the fae which kills the building authentic feeling in the grimy Victorian London setting. There are other small things which stop this feeling like a classic short too, causing a minor disruption in the developing plot. Having said this, the story itself is pretty fast paced and has some great touches. The characters are well thought out and the struggle for equality / just to be accepted is well portrayed, both as women working in a male world and also in a more personal way. There are some nice scenes detailing the supernatural aspects of the case and the use of actual happenings as a main plot development was a great idea. There are lots of nice details that really stand out, the flop house and the rope charge for example. The taster for Eeper Weeper also shows that this is likely to be a really good series for fans of the more Gothic horror side of things. Definitely worth a read for fans of the author, horror and Victorian fiction with a modern slant but people expecting a 'Dorien Gray' style story may be mildly disappointed.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sam

    Another brilliant story from E J Stevens! Great! I really enjoyed this new set of characters, new timeline, new ideas! Would recommend to anyone that loves magic & fantasy. Well written & in the same theme as Ivy Granger! I Liked it!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    A good plot, and interesting characters set in Victorian England give these paranormal investigator and interesting twist…and it’s not the only twist in the story.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sheila Gabler

    Loved the characters in this book - the women are strong, dedicated and unsung heroes of their time. I want to know where their story leads them and what happens next! Well crafted and believably realistic. Looking forward to the continuation of the series.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Candy Robosky

    Allies in strange places and frenemies in even stranger places. So sad that women have to work ten times harder to he even half the respect of men in the same profession. I liked this book. Given a ARC and am leaving my honest review voluntarily.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Silver Surfer

    So, book one of the new series and if I’m honest, is as good if not better than the Ivy Granger series. I cannot get enough of this authors books. She writes such good gothic ones. Roll on book two. Highly recommended.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Steph Warren

    *I received a free copy of this book, with thanks to the author, Sacred Oaks Press and NetGalley. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.* Craven Street is a novella set in an alternative Victorian London where demons and black magic abound and just a few stalwart women have the knowledge, experience and skills to protect the public from the darker side. These women are the Whitechapel Paranormal Society: psychics and fortune tellers to the public; criminal investigators an *I received a free copy of this book, with thanks to the author, Sacred Oaks Press and NetGalley. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.* Craven Street is a novella set in an alternative Victorian London where demons and black magic abound and just a few stalwart women have the knowledge, experience and skills to protect the public from the darker side. These women are the Whitechapel Paranormal Society: psychics and fortune tellers to the public; criminal investigators and baddie vanquishers behind the scenes. This novella gives the reader a short glimpse into the work and relationships within the agency, and also reintroduces an old ‘friend’, in the form of Forneus – demon with moral standards, just not the same ones as humans. It feels like a lot of plot is packed into just a few pages here, as the brutal serial killings, demon possessions and mysterious mutilating marks all hold enough intrigue to carry a full novel! I felt a bit breathless by the end, having been whisked from crime scene to confrontation with the instantly-appealing Cora and co. As a stand-alone novella I think that this runs just a little too quickly for me to really settle into the characters and plotline. As a teaser for the main series though, I think it works perfectly! “I don’t say this to hurt you, Cora, only to relay the facts,” she said. “Either her power transferred to you, a parting gift perhaps, or the trauma of her loss triggered the change in you. Whatever the reason, the spirits of the dead have found you.” “And I can see them,” I said. “So it would seem,” she said. “Bugger.” – E.J. Stevens, Craven Street Review by Steph Warren of Bookshine and Readbows blog https://bookshineandreadbows.wordpres...

  24. 4 out of 5

    Iona Caldwell

    Craven Street tells a truly unique twist on a British occult mystery. It tells the story from the point of view of Cora, a young woman working as a paranormal investigator and the mysterious Jonathan, a demon Marquis. Mutilated bodies of women begin turning up, each marked with arcane symbols used in a demonic summoning. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The language was spot on for the setting and the tension of all kinds permeated the pages. The story is told in a typical Sherlock Hol Craven Street tells a truly unique twist on a British occult mystery. It tells the story from the point of view of Cora, a young woman working as a paranormal investigator and the mysterious Jonathan, a demon Marquis. Mutilated bodies of women begin turning up, each marked with arcane symbols used in a demonic summoning. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The language was spot on for the setting and the tension of all kinds permeated the pages. The story is told in a typical Sherlock Holmes style mystery with a supernatural twist. As an avid reader of Holmes, I really couldn't put this book down until I finished it. One of my main complaints was the lack of character development and the underuse of the "special abilities" each team member is supposed to have. The "romance" seemed forced and honestly, I would've liked the sexual tension between Jonathan and Cora to grow instead of Flan. However, for a short novella and quick read, I loved the world building. It could've gotten more of an immersive factor to really draw the reader in. All in all, I love this book and highly recommend it to supernatural mystery fans.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Crittermom

    E J Stevens’ novella, Craven Street whets the appetite, encouraging the reader to look deeper into the historical horror/mystery series of which it is part.  The story itself isn’t very detailed. It’s designed to tease the reader, introducing characters and story elements much like a movie trailer. Essentially unconventional, gifted women at the turn of the century fight demons in Whitechapel, as well as the ire and sabotage of their male counterparts.  They uncover a conspiracy, a vast effort t E J Stevens’ novella, Craven Street whets the appetite, encouraging the reader to look deeper into the historical horror/mystery series of which it is part.  The story itself isn’t very detailed. It’s designed to tease the reader, introducing characters and story elements much like a movie trailer. Essentially unconventional, gifted women at the turn of the century fight demons in Whitechapel, as well as the ire and sabotage of their male counterparts.  They uncover a conspiracy, a vast effort to release evil into the world. But are they winning the battle at the cost of the war when a demon helps them defeat their opponent? I will definitely give the series a try. 4 / 5 I received a copy of Craven Street from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. -- Crittermom

  26. 4 out of 5

    Norma

    "Like pieces of a macabre puzzle." Sorry, not for me. I do enjoy a little paranormal sometimes with my, especially, historical detectives but I began to seriously search for a bit of normal to accompany the para. Add into the equation the misogynistic divide between the male and female British Police force members of the secret Special Paranormal Research Branch, I actually began to pity Forneus, Grand Master of Hell, having to deal with these people. The story is well written, howeve "Like pieces of a macabre puzzle." Sorry, not for me. I do enjoy a little paranormal sometimes with my, especially, historical detectives but I began to seriously search for a bit of normal to accompany the para. Add into the equation the misogynistic divide between the male and female British Police force members of the secret Special Paranormal Research Branch, I actually began to pity Forneus, Grand Master of Hell, having to deal with these people. The story is well written, however, and very funny in places (not sure if it was humour or horror intended) and I can see that it could have great appeal to some. Just not my taste. Sorry.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Iyanna

    I loved the storyline. The book started off slow. I wasn't intrigued by the murder it just seemed A little familiar storyline of (Jack the ripper)The only difference was the sirgils and the 5 women of SPRB and the paranormal aspect of the story I was halfway through the book waiting for some excitement, I loved the aspect of the book but it fell flat for me.I 've read this author before and love it.But not this one

  28. 4 out of 5

    Annarella

    An engrossing and entertaining novella, well written and with an interesting plot. I look forward to reading other works by this author. Recommended! Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tammy

    I did like the story line and the characters. It just fell a little short on the fight with the big bad. I know it is a novella but it left me feeling a little lost.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lyn Mckenzie

    Honestly I really struggled reading this book but I can't quite pinpoint why. I gave this book 3* as I love this author's writing style

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