Dreadful Company

Dreadful Company : A Dr Greta Helsing Novel

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'This book is a joy to read, unlocking every bit of delicious promise in the premise' B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog on Strange Practice

When Greta Helsing, doctor to the undead, is called to Paris to present at a medical conference, she expects nothing more exciting than professional discourse on zombie reconstructive surgery.

Unfortunately for Greta, Paris happens to be infested with a coven of vampires - and not the civilised kind. If she hopes to survive, Greta must navigate the maze of ancient catacombs beneath the streets, where there is more to find than simply dead men's bones.

Praise for the series:

'I loved every page of it . . . a spectacularly fun book' Powder and Page

'Balances an agile mystery with a pitch-perfect, droll narrative and a cast of loveable misfit characters' Shelf Awareness

'Shaw's elegant writing makes this series a standout in the genre' Booklist

'An absolute delight' Forbidden Planet

'Packed with characters who are a pleasure to spend time with' ScifiNow
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Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 141 x 200 x 28mm | 300g
  • Orbit
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0356508897
  • 9780356508894
  • 92,351

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Vivian has taken all of the best elements (characters you really get to know and care about, sly sense of humour, clever references, some social commentary), allied them to an intriguing new story and along the way also nicely expanded the world Greta and her friend inhabit . . . an utterly delicious read -- FORBIDDEN PLANET The book's mix of humor, mystery, urban fantasy, and gothic horror ultimately struck all the right chords with me . . . I'm already looking forward to the next one -- BIBLIOSANCTUM on STRANGE PRACTICE The author has packed her book with characters who are a pleasure to spend time with -- SCIFINOW on STRANGE PRACTICE Readers will look forward to more of Greta's adventures. An imaginative, delightfully droll debut -- KIRKUS on STRANGE PRACTICE What a splendid adventure this is - Dr Greta Helsing is a brilliant character . . . The underlying mystery is nicely twisty, and Dr Helsing has a quirky coterie of undead friends to aid her on her quest . . . promises to be a splendid new urban fantasy series -- ESPRESSO COCO on STRANGE PRACTICE A darkly delicious adventure featuring a quirky new heroine. Strange Practice breathes new life into the undead -- James Bennett, on STRANGE PRACTICE This book is a joy to read, unlocking every bit of delicious promise in the premise -- B&N SCI-FI & FANTASY BLOG on STRANGE PRACTICE A playfully witty confection spun from the setting of The Phantom of the Opera -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY I loved revisiting Greta'a world -- BLUE BOOK BALLOON Shaw's elegant writing makes this series a standout in the genre -- BOOKLIST I loved every page of it . . . a spectacularly fun book -- POWDER AND PAGE
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About Vivian Shaw

Vivian Shaw was born in Kenya and spent her early childhood at home in England before relocating to the US at the age of seven. She has a BA in art history and an MFA in creative writing, and has worked in academic publishing and development while researching everything from the history of spaceflight to supernatural physiology. In her spare time, she writes fan fiction under the name of Coldhope.
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3,266 ratings
4.17 out of 5 stars
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4 47% (1,519)
3 15% (484)
2 2% (56)
1 0% (6)
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