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Meet Greta Helsing, doctor to the undead.
Dr. Greta Helsing has inherited the family's highly specialized and highly peculiar medical practice. She treats the undead for a host of ills - vocal strain in banshees, arthritis in barrow-wights, and entropy in mummies.
It's a quiet, supernatural-adjacent life 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.
©2017 Vivian Shaw (P)2017 Hachette Audio
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Critic Reviews

"In Vivian Shaw's Strange Practice, a charmingly unusual doctor and her charges keep the city of London from grave danger. In the process, they peel back the covers of familiar (and according to them, somewhat 'libelous') stories to find that reality - especially with the undead - is more poignant and complex than it seems at first glance. An excellent adventure." (Fran Wilde, award-winning author of Updraft, Cloudbound, and Horizon)
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By Mary on 01-10-18

Absolutely Delightful

This is a refreshing take on a few of favored tropes (literary characters in a contemporary setting, urban fantasy, supernatural detective-ish work, etc) Our heroine is Gretta Helsing and she is physician to the supernatural. Her clientele is varied and includes a great many who are usually depicted in a grotesque and evil way, painted in a much more positive light. The ghoul suffering from depression, the close vampire friend who makes an incredibly delicious cup of coffee, the mummy needing a foot bone replacement, and so on. There is humor but not jokes. You care for the players and they are, even when supernatural, very human. When an old order of religious evil vanquishers gets a boost from a terrifying and transfiguring source, the supernatural world finds themselves targeted.
My only irritation has to do with the editing. The narration itself is beautiful but they somehow did not allow for even a brief pause in many scene transitions. It is jarring when you suddenly realize that your confusion about a scene is because it's no longer the same scene and you have been pulled out of the story while you reorient. Hopefully, this is not the case in the next book.

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By Diana on 11-20-17

Contemporary fantasy with bits of London history

Enjoyable book, with dimensional characters and a plot that twists around. Vivian Shaw uses some unusual or even obscure historical details of London with a few current ideas about non-material reality and makes her book unique.

The narration is beautifully done.

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5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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