Ghosts of Gotham
by Craig Schaefer
Release Date: April 9th, 2019
I’m a Craig Schaefer virgin so to speak. I have had quite a few people recommend his work to me but I’ve always seemed to have let it slip by. This time when given the chance to read and review Ghosts of Gotham I finally seized the opportunity, and wow, I am so glad I did! It’s so unique, is a bit of everything…urban fantasy mixed with mythology, bibliomystery and so much action making this such a fun page-turner.
Our main character, Lionel Page is an investigative journalist who has made it his mission to debunk anything that is considered “Supernatural”. When another up and coming journalist finds out about his past and threatens to expose him things get serious. Enter Regina, a wealthy, a very powerful socialite who wants to hire him to investigate the discovery of, and the impending sale of, a mysterious manuscript by Edgar Allan Poe. She promises him that if he gets to the bottom of things, he will never have to worry about his past being exposed, she will protect him. He agrees and the adventure begins. Immediately flown to New York City he barely gets time to breathe as he is running over town, finding bodies as well as clues that make this manuscript more than meets the eye. When Lionel learns that the reporter who threatened to expose his past is murdered, he truly wonders what he has gotten himself into. His path keeps crossing with Maddie a very strong, savvy and beautiful woman who is mysterious and holds secrets his life will depend on knowing.
I absolutely loved everything about this book, the characters, the pacing, the writer’s voice, his twisty plot turns…it kept me voraciously reading and desperate for more when I finished. I also love the way he portrays women in this book, smart, flawed, beautiful and resilient.
Filled with magic, mayhem and amazing plot twists that you just don’t see coming. This is a fantastic book I highly recommend! I will definitely be reading more of his work.