Dreadful Company

Dreadful Company

Contemporary fantasy in the world of Strange Practice, starring Dr. Greta Helsing, whose family has been keeping the supernatural community not-alive and well for generations. When Greta Helsing, doctor to the undead, is unexpectedly called to Paris to present at a medical conference, she expects nothing more exciting than professional discourse on zombie reconstructive sur Contemporary fantasy in the world of Strange Practice, starring Dr. Greta Helsing, whose family has been keeping the ...

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Title:Dreadful Company
Author:Vivian Shaw
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Genres:Fantasy
ISBN:Dreadful Company
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:400 pages pages

Dreadful Company Reviews

  • Tim Hicks
    Aug 28, 2018

    Urban fantasy with heart would be how I'd describe this series - whatever happens, the overall sense of how things should be never changes, and the ultimate goal remains the same: right wrongs, help those who need it, and encounter all sorts of interesting monsters along the way. Th...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/08/13/... Despite the mixed reviews for Strange Practice, I ended up enjoying it a lot and was very excited for Dreadful Company. Ironically though, it?s now this sequel that?s making me feel a bit conflicted. It...

    This picks up a few months after the first book, it's interesting to see where things have gone since that story ended and how the characters have changed or grown. The same warmth and humour is present in the writing and the sense of a wider much more complicated hidden world we saw a...

    Greta is in Paris for a conference where she encounters true horror: a coven of poser vampires, as lacking in ethics as taste. The horror. The horror. I enjoyed the expanded characters, especially the French werewolf! This series has fuel for miles. Give me more! ...

    Dreadful Company was a nice follow-up to Vivan Shaw's excellent debut novel Strange Practice. Was it enjoyable? Overall, yes. Was it as strong as the first book? Not quite. For me, the main draw of the Greta Helsing series is the supernatural doctor stuff. It is so original and Gret...

    YES YES YES I'm so excited to read this! Despite not greatly enjoying bits of strange practice, I loved the way ending and want more of Greta and company! Dreadful company.... ? ...

    The first book in this series is one of my favorites ever, and the second book is no different. Vivian Shaw takes plenty of my favorite classic stories and a lot of very good stuff from her own very good brain and blends it into the perfect story. Nothing makes me happier than a new st...

    God, do I love this series. If you like Ben Aaronovitch's RIVERS OF LONDON series, but find at times that the writing gets a little too abstract and strays from the point (as I sometimes find when reading them), this series is the perfect antidote. It's got everything I could want in a...

    Last year, Strange Practice, the first in this ongoing series, was one of my unexpected delights, so much so that it was one of my 'favourite five' Fantasy novels of the year. It shouldn?t be a surprise then that I was really looking forward to this one. Dreadful Company begins pr...

    Dreadful Company builds on the strengths of the first volume in the series, delivering another solid urban fantasy adventure. Dreadful Company is the second novel from Vivian Shaw in the Dr Greta Helsing series, following last year's Strange Practice. Readers who follow a fair bit o...

    I am enamoured I love this world of cute monsters, demonic corporate structures, vampires who believe in their own worst stereotypes, and a dedicated doctor of really really alternative medicine. Please continue as long as you are able, and thank you. ...

    4+ stars! Another exceptional read from Vivian Shaw! I'm not one to generally go along with the sort of Hollywood-esque praise (you know: love love kiss kiss, let's do lunch DAH-ling) that is oft included in the small-case, roman-numeraled pages of new books. However, I am going to ...

    Greta Helsing, doctor to the supernatural, is kidnapped by a coven of vampires while attending a medical conference in Paris. I very much enjoyed the first book in this series but this sequel disappointed me somewhat. I wanted to spend more time with Greta and her medical practice i...

    Oh, that was just a ridiculous amount of fun. With the first book of this series, there was an awkward getting-to-know-you phase that one had to get through in order to get to the story. Shaw's writing seems sharper and more confident this time around, and she's figured out how to ...

    I was going to rate this 3 stars because while I enjoyed it I didn't loved it as much as Strange Practice. But still in the end it ended up being another hit mainly thanks to the great cast of characters. While Strange Practice had the characters almost always together and working ...

    Seriously delightful second book in this series takes our heroine to Paris and a certain Opera House -- that one, the one with the chandelier -- as well as into lots and lots of underground tunnels. Because it is Paris and Helsing, there's catacombs, vampires (dreadful and nice), vampy...

    A very satisfying follow-up to Strange Practice, the second in the Dr. Greta Helsing series takes place in Paris. Shaw's writing is economical, keeping the action brisk while also managing to fit in plenty of literary and cultural references. The complex homage to Phantom of the Opera ...

    I loved this book. I would happily move into the world Vivian Shaw?s constructed for us if I had any useful skills to offer. Once again, she delightfully mixes references from pop culture with concepts from heavy old classics of nineteenth century horror fiction that can still freeze...

    A great sequel to Strange Practice. Greta proved that she is very resourceful and capable of accomplishing things on her own. I also loved the relationship growth between her and Varney. Too many authors have their MC stuck in relationship limbo for too long, but Shaw has definitely av...

    This was delightful to read! I'm thrilled that it's even better than the previous book. The characters have more "flesh", the wit is fantastic and the good feelings you get at the end is endearing so now it's become one of my favorite paranormal series. Oh yes, Paris will have to...

    Dear gods, I love Greta Helsing so, SO much!! I adore her compassion for the 'monsters' she encounters - she treats everyone, vampires, demons, ghouls, etc. with such respect and empathy. Even when she's kidnapped by the lieutenant of the Parisian coven, she has the time and patien...

    So when exactly is Grave Importance coming out?! Vivian Shaw has done it again. I'll admit, as excited as I was for this sequel, I was terrified it wouldn't hold a candle to the first. It seems like all sequels are prone to the "sophomore slump", but I couldn't be more pleased with ...

    This is the second in a fun series. It reminds me a lot of Penny Dreadful -(TV series) only not so scary and creepy. But it brings together different 'historical' vampires, demons, etc. -all at the same time. Lots of fun. ...

    Great fun! ...

    4.5/5 a charming series about monsters, doctors, self-saving women, and croissants. I?m a fan. My one thing I missed from the first book was the working relationship between the women in the medical clinic. It just rang so true, women just get sh*t done. ...

    Great read! So as not to spoil, I loved the references but won't name them, darn it! This one was a lot of fun ...

    Good fun, and well worked out. Interesting characters. Slow start, but it really picked up after that, and used all the stuff that we saw in the slow start. Greta seems to love about four people/things, but each differently, and somehow she still comes across as believable. The...

  • Mark
    Jul 29, 2018

    Urban fantasy with heart would be how I'd describe this series - whatever happens, the overall sense of how things should be never changes, and the ultimate goal remains the same: right wrongs, help those who need it, and encounter all sorts of interesting monsters along the way. Th...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/08/13/... Despite the mixed reviews for Strange Practice, I ended up enjoying it a lot and was very excited for Dreadful Company. Ironically though, it?s now this sequel that?s making me feel a bit conflicted. It...

    This picks up a few months after the first book, it's interesting to see where things have gone since that story ended and how the characters have changed or grown. The same warmth and humour is present in the writing and the sense of a wider much more complicated hidden world we saw a...

    Greta is in Paris for a conference where she encounters true horror: a coven of poser vampires, as lacking in ethics as taste. The horror. The horror. I enjoyed the expanded characters, especially the French werewolf! This series has fuel for miles. Give me more! ...

    Dreadful Company was a nice follow-up to Vivan Shaw's excellent debut novel Strange Practice. Was it enjoyable? Overall, yes. Was it as strong as the first book? Not quite. For me, the main draw of the Greta Helsing series is the supernatural doctor stuff. It is so original and Gret...

    YES YES YES I'm so excited to read this! Despite not greatly enjoying bits of strange practice, I loved the way ending and want more of Greta and company! Dreadful company.... ? ...

    The first book in this series is one of my favorites ever, and the second book is no different. Vivian Shaw takes plenty of my favorite classic stories and a lot of very good stuff from her own very good brain and blends it into the perfect story. Nothing makes me happier than a new st...

    God, do I love this series. If you like Ben Aaronovitch's RIVERS OF LONDON series, but find at times that the writing gets a little too abstract and strays from the point (as I sometimes find when reading them), this series is the perfect antidote. It's got everything I could want in a...

    Last year, Strange Practice, the first in this ongoing series, was one of my unexpected delights, so much so that it was one of my 'favourite five' Fantasy novels of the year. It shouldn?t be a surprise then that I was really looking forward to this one. Dreadful Company begins pr...

  • Casandria
    Aug 21, 2018

    Urban fantasy with heart would be how I'd describe this series - whatever happens, the overall sense of how things should be never changes, and the ultimate goal remains the same: right wrongs, help those who need it, and encounter all sorts of interesting monsters along the way. Th...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/08/13/... Despite the mixed reviews for Strange Practice, I ended up enjoying it a lot and was very excited for Dreadful Company. Ironically though, it?s now this sequel that?s making me feel a bit conflicted. It...

    This picks up a few months after the first book, it's interesting to see where things have gone since that story ended and how the characters have changed or grown. The same warmth and humour is present in the writing and the sense of a wider much more complicated hidden world we saw a...

    Greta is in Paris for a conference where she encounters true horror: a coven of poser vampires, as lacking in ethics as taste. The horror. The horror. I enjoyed the expanded characters, especially the French werewolf! This series has fuel for miles. Give me more! ...

    Dreadful Company was a nice follow-up to Vivan Shaw's excellent debut novel Strange Practice. Was it enjoyable? Overall, yes. Was it as strong as the first book? Not quite. For me, the main draw of the Greta Helsing series is the supernatural doctor stuff. It is so original and Gret...

    YES YES YES I'm so excited to read this! Despite not greatly enjoying bits of strange practice, I loved the way ending and want more of Greta and company! Dreadful company.... ? ...

    The first book in this series is one of my favorites ever, and the second book is no different. Vivian Shaw takes plenty of my favorite classic stories and a lot of very good stuff from her own very good brain and blends it into the perfect story. Nothing makes me happier than a new st...

    God, do I love this series. If you like Ben Aaronovitch's RIVERS OF LONDON series, but find at times that the writing gets a little too abstract and strays from the point (as I sometimes find when reading them), this series is the perfect antidote. It's got everything I could want in a...

    Last year, Strange Practice, the first in this ongoing series, was one of my unexpected delights, so much so that it was one of my 'favourite five' Fantasy novels of the year. It shouldn?t be a surprise then that I was really looking forward to this one. Dreadful Company begins pr...

    Dreadful Company builds on the strengths of the first volume in the series, delivering another solid urban fantasy adventure. Dreadful Company is the second novel from Vivian Shaw in the Dr Greta Helsing series, following last year's Strange Practice. Readers who follow a fair bit o...

    I am enamoured I love this world of cute monsters, demonic corporate structures, vampires who believe in their own worst stereotypes, and a dedicated doctor of really really alternative medicine. Please continue as long as you are able, and thank you. ...

    4+ stars! Another exceptional read from Vivian Shaw! I'm not one to generally go along with the sort of Hollywood-esque praise (you know: love love kiss kiss, let's do lunch DAH-ling) that is oft included in the small-case, roman-numeraled pages of new books. However, I am going to ...

    Greta Helsing, doctor to the supernatural, is kidnapped by a coven of vampires while attending a medical conference in Paris. I very much enjoyed the first book in this series but this sequel disappointed me somewhat. I wanted to spend more time with Greta and her medical practice i...

    Oh, that was just a ridiculous amount of fun. With the first book of this series, there was an awkward getting-to-know-you phase that one had to get through in order to get to the story. Shaw's writing seems sharper and more confident this time around, and she's figured out how to ...

    I was going to rate this 3 stars because while I enjoyed it I didn't loved it as much as Strange Practice. But still in the end it ended up being another hit mainly thanks to the great cast of characters. While Strange Practice had the characters almost always together and working ...

    Seriously delightful second book in this series takes our heroine to Paris and a certain Opera House -- that one, the one with the chandelier -- as well as into lots and lots of underground tunnels. Because it is Paris and Helsing, there's catacombs, vampires (dreadful and nice), vampy...

    A very satisfying follow-up to Strange Practice, the second in the Dr. Greta Helsing series takes place in Paris. Shaw's writing is economical, keeping the action brisk while also managing to fit in plenty of literary and cultural references. The complex homage to Phantom of the Opera ...

    I loved this book. I would happily move into the world Vivian Shaw?s constructed for us if I had any useful skills to offer. Once again, she delightfully mixes references from pop culture with concepts from heavy old classics of nineteenth century horror fiction that can still freeze...

    A great sequel to Strange Practice. Greta proved that she is very resourceful and capable of accomplishing things on her own. I also loved the relationship growth between her and Varney. Too many authors have their MC stuck in relationship limbo for too long, but Shaw has definitely av...

    This was delightful to read! I'm thrilled that it's even better than the previous book. The characters have more "flesh", the wit is fantastic and the good feelings you get at the end is endearing so now it's become one of my favorite paranormal series. Oh yes, Paris will have to...

    Dear gods, I love Greta Helsing so, SO much!! I adore her compassion for the 'monsters' she encounters - she treats everyone, vampires, demons, ghouls, etc. with such respect and empathy. Even when she's kidnapped by the lieutenant of the Parisian coven, she has the time and patien...

    So when exactly is Grave Importance coming out?! Vivian Shaw has done it again. I'll admit, as excited as I was for this sequel, I was terrified it wouldn't hold a candle to the first. It seems like all sequels are prone to the "sophomore slump", but I couldn't be more pleased with ...

    This is the second in a fun series. It reminds me a lot of Penny Dreadful -(TV series) only not so scary and creepy. But it brings together different 'historical' vampires, demons, etc. -all at the same time. Lots of fun. ...

    Great fun! ...

  • Rosemary
    Aug 25, 2018

    Urban fantasy with heart would be how I'd describe this series - whatever happens, the overall sense of how things should be never changes, and the ultimate goal remains the same: right wrongs, help those who need it, and encounter all sorts of interesting monsters along the way. Th...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/08/13/... Despite the mixed reviews for Strange Practice, I ended up enjoying it a lot and was very excited for Dreadful Company. Ironically though, it?s now this sequel that?s making me feel a bit conflicted. It...

    This picks up a few months after the first book, it's interesting to see where things have gone since that story ended and how the characters have changed or grown. The same warmth and humour is present in the writing and the sense of a wider much more complicated hidden world we saw a...

    Greta is in Paris for a conference where she encounters true horror: a coven of poser vampires, as lacking in ethics as taste. The horror. The horror. I enjoyed the expanded characters, especially the French werewolf! This series has fuel for miles. Give me more! ...

    Dreadful Company was a nice follow-up to Vivan Shaw's excellent debut novel Strange Practice. Was it enjoyable? Overall, yes. Was it as strong as the first book? Not quite. For me, the main draw of the Greta Helsing series is the supernatural doctor stuff. It is so original and Gret...

    YES YES YES I'm so excited to read this! Despite not greatly enjoying bits of strange practice, I loved the way ending and want more of Greta and company! Dreadful company.... ? ...

    The first book in this series is one of my favorites ever, and the second book is no different. Vivian Shaw takes plenty of my favorite classic stories and a lot of very good stuff from her own very good brain and blends it into the perfect story. Nothing makes me happier than a new st...

    God, do I love this series. If you like Ben Aaronovitch's RIVERS OF LONDON series, but find at times that the writing gets a little too abstract and strays from the point (as I sometimes find when reading them), this series is the perfect antidote. It's got everything I could want in a...

    Last year, Strange Practice, the first in this ongoing series, was one of my unexpected delights, so much so that it was one of my 'favourite five' Fantasy novels of the year. It shouldn?t be a surprise then that I was really looking forward to this one. Dreadful Company begins pr...

    Dreadful Company builds on the strengths of the first volume in the series, delivering another solid urban fantasy adventure. Dreadful Company is the second novel from Vivian Shaw in the Dr Greta Helsing series, following last year's Strange Practice. Readers who follow a fair bit o...

    I am enamoured I love this world of cute monsters, demonic corporate structures, vampires who believe in their own worst stereotypes, and a dedicated doctor of really really alternative medicine. Please continue as long as you are able, and thank you. ...

    4+ stars! Another exceptional read from Vivian Shaw! I'm not one to generally go along with the sort of Hollywood-esque praise (you know: love love kiss kiss, let's do lunch DAH-ling) that is oft included in the small-case, roman-numeraled pages of new books. However, I am going to ...

    Greta Helsing, doctor to the supernatural, is kidnapped by a coven of vampires while attending a medical conference in Paris. I very much enjoyed the first book in this series but this sequel disappointed me somewhat. I wanted to spend more time with Greta and her medical practice i...

    Oh, that was just a ridiculous amount of fun. With the first book of this series, there was an awkward getting-to-know-you phase that one had to get through in order to get to the story. Shaw's writing seems sharper and more confident this time around, and she's figured out how to ...

    I was going to rate this 3 stars because while I enjoyed it I didn't loved it as much as Strange Practice. But still in the end it ended up being another hit mainly thanks to the great cast of characters. While Strange Practice had the characters almost always together and working ...

    Seriously delightful second book in this series takes our heroine to Paris and a certain Opera House -- that one, the one with the chandelier -- as well as into lots and lots of underground tunnels. Because it is Paris and Helsing, there's catacombs, vampires (dreadful and nice), vampy...

  • Heather
    Aug 07, 2018

    Urban fantasy with heart would be how I'd describe this series - whatever happens, the overall sense of how things should be never changes, and the ultimate goal remains the same: right wrongs, help those who need it, and encounter all sorts of interesting monsters along the way. Th...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/08/13/... Despite the mixed reviews for Strange Practice, I ended up enjoying it a lot and was very excited for Dreadful Company. Ironically though, it?s now this sequel that?s making me feel a bit conflicted. It...

    This picks up a few months after the first book, it's interesting to see where things have gone since that story ended and how the characters have changed or grown. The same warmth and humour is present in the writing and the sense of a wider much more complicated hidden world we saw a...

    Greta is in Paris for a conference where she encounters true horror: a coven of poser vampires, as lacking in ethics as taste. The horror. The horror. I enjoyed the expanded characters, especially the French werewolf! This series has fuel for miles. Give me more! ...

    Dreadful Company was a nice follow-up to Vivan Shaw's excellent debut novel Strange Practice. Was it enjoyable? Overall, yes. Was it as strong as the first book? Not quite. For me, the main draw of the Greta Helsing series is the supernatural doctor stuff. It is so original and Gret...

    YES YES YES I'm so excited to read this! Despite not greatly enjoying bits of strange practice, I loved the way ending and want more of Greta and company! Dreadful company.... ? ...

    The first book in this series is one of my favorites ever, and the second book is no different. Vivian Shaw takes plenty of my favorite classic stories and a lot of very good stuff from her own very good brain and blends it into the perfect story. Nothing makes me happier than a new st...

    God, do I love this series. If you like Ben Aaronovitch's RIVERS OF LONDON series, but find at times that the writing gets a little too abstract and strays from the point (as I sometimes find when reading them), this series is the perfect antidote. It's got everything I could want in a...

    Last year, Strange Practice, the first in this ongoing series, was one of my unexpected delights, so much so that it was one of my 'favourite five' Fantasy novels of the year. It shouldn?t be a surprise then that I was really looking forward to this one. Dreadful Company begins pr...

    Dreadful Company builds on the strengths of the first volume in the series, delivering another solid urban fantasy adventure. Dreadful Company is the second novel from Vivian Shaw in the Dr Greta Helsing series, following last year's Strange Practice. Readers who follow a fair bit o...

    I am enamoured I love this world of cute monsters, demonic corporate structures, vampires who believe in their own worst stereotypes, and a dedicated doctor of really really alternative medicine. Please continue as long as you are able, and thank you. ...

    4+ stars! Another exceptional read from Vivian Shaw! I'm not one to generally go along with the sort of Hollywood-esque praise (you know: love love kiss kiss, let's do lunch DAH-ling) that is oft included in the small-case, roman-numeraled pages of new books. However, I am going to ...

    Greta Helsing, doctor to the supernatural, is kidnapped by a coven of vampires while attending a medical conference in Paris. I very much enjoyed the first book in this series but this sequel disappointed me somewhat. I wanted to spend more time with Greta and her medical practice i...

    Oh, that was just a ridiculous amount of fun. With the first book of this series, there was an awkward getting-to-know-you phase that one had to get through in order to get to the story. Shaw's writing seems sharper and more confident this time around, and she's figured out how to ...

    I was going to rate this 3 stars because while I enjoyed it I didn't loved it as much as Strange Practice. But still in the end it ended up being another hit mainly thanks to the great cast of characters. While Strange Practice had the characters almost always together and working ...

    Seriously delightful second book in this series takes our heroine to Paris and a certain Opera House -- that one, the one with the chandelier -- as well as into lots and lots of underground tunnels. Because it is Paris and Helsing, there's catacombs, vampires (dreadful and nice), vampy...

    A very satisfying follow-up to Strange Practice, the second in the Dr. Greta Helsing series takes place in Paris. Shaw's writing is economical, keeping the action brisk while also managing to fit in plenty of literary and cultural references. The complex homage to Phantom of the Opera ...

    I loved this book. I would happily move into the world Vivian Shaw?s constructed for us if I had any useful skills to offer. Once again, she delightfully mixes references from pop culture with concepts from heavy old classics of nineteenth century horror fiction that can still freeze...

    A great sequel to Strange Practice. Greta proved that she is very resourceful and capable of accomplishing things on her own. I also loved the relationship growth between her and Varney. Too many authors have their MC stuck in relationship limbo for too long, but Shaw has definitely av...

    This was delightful to read! I'm thrilled that it's even better than the previous book. The characters have more "flesh", the wit is fantastic and the good feelings you get at the end is endearing so now it's become one of my favorite paranormal series. Oh yes, Paris will have to...

    Dear gods, I love Greta Helsing so, SO much!! I adore her compassion for the 'monsters' she encounters - she treats everyone, vampires, demons, ghouls, etc. with such respect and empathy. Even when she's kidnapped by the lieutenant of the Parisian coven, she has the time and patien...

    So when exactly is Grave Importance coming out?! Vivian Shaw has done it again. I'll admit, as excited as I was for this sequel, I was terrified it wouldn't hold a candle to the first. It seems like all sequels are prone to the "sophomore slump", but I couldn't be more pleased with ...

    This is the second in a fun series. It reminds me a lot of Penny Dreadful -(TV series) only not so scary and creepy. But it brings together different 'historical' vampires, demons, etc. -all at the same time. Lots of fun. ...

    Great fun! ...

    4.5/5 a charming series about monsters, doctors, self-saving women, and croissants. I?m a fan. My one thing I missed from the first book was the working relationship between the women in the medical clinic. It just rang so true, women just get sh*t done. ...

  • Kiwi Carlisle
    Sep 10, 2018

    Urban fantasy with heart would be how I'd describe this series - whatever happens, the overall sense of how things should be never changes, and the ultimate goal remains the same: right wrongs, help those who need it, and encounter all sorts of interesting monsters along the way. Th...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/08/13/... Despite the mixed reviews for Strange Practice, I ended up enjoying it a lot and was very excited for Dreadful Company. Ironically though, it?s now this sequel that?s making me feel a bit conflicted. It...

    This picks up a few months after the first book, it's interesting to see where things have gone since that story ended and how the characters have changed or grown. The same warmth and humour is present in the writing and the sense of a wider much more complicated hidden world we saw a...

    Greta is in Paris for a conference where she encounters true horror: a coven of poser vampires, as lacking in ethics as taste. The horror. The horror. I enjoyed the expanded characters, especially the French werewolf! This series has fuel for miles. Give me more! ...

    Dreadful Company was a nice follow-up to Vivan Shaw's excellent debut novel Strange Practice. Was it enjoyable? Overall, yes. Was it as strong as the first book? Not quite. For me, the main draw of the Greta Helsing series is the supernatural doctor stuff. It is so original and Gret...

    YES YES YES I'm so excited to read this! Despite not greatly enjoying bits of strange practice, I loved the way ending and want more of Greta and company! Dreadful company.... ? ...

    The first book in this series is one of my favorites ever, and the second book is no different. Vivian Shaw takes plenty of my favorite classic stories and a lot of very good stuff from her own very good brain and blends it into the perfect story. Nothing makes me happier than a new st...

    God, do I love this series. If you like Ben Aaronovitch's RIVERS OF LONDON series, but find at times that the writing gets a little too abstract and strays from the point (as I sometimes find when reading them), this series is the perfect antidote. It's got everything I could want in a...

    Last year, Strange Practice, the first in this ongoing series, was one of my unexpected delights, so much so that it was one of my 'favourite five' Fantasy novels of the year. It shouldn?t be a surprise then that I was really looking forward to this one. Dreadful Company begins pr...

    Dreadful Company builds on the strengths of the first volume in the series, delivering another solid urban fantasy adventure. Dreadful Company is the second novel from Vivian Shaw in the Dr Greta Helsing series, following last year's Strange Practice. Readers who follow a fair bit o...

    I am enamoured I love this world of cute monsters, demonic corporate structures, vampires who believe in their own worst stereotypes, and a dedicated doctor of really really alternative medicine. Please continue as long as you are able, and thank you. ...

    4+ stars! Another exceptional read from Vivian Shaw! I'm not one to generally go along with the sort of Hollywood-esque praise (you know: love love kiss kiss, let's do lunch DAH-ling) that is oft included in the small-case, roman-numeraled pages of new books. However, I am going to ...

    Greta Helsing, doctor to the supernatural, is kidnapped by a coven of vampires while attending a medical conference in Paris. I very much enjoyed the first book in this series but this sequel disappointed me somewhat. I wanted to spend more time with Greta and her medical practice i...

    Oh, that was just a ridiculous amount of fun. With the first book of this series, there was an awkward getting-to-know-you phase that one had to get through in order to get to the story. Shaw's writing seems sharper and more confident this time around, and she's figured out how to ...

    I was going to rate this 3 stars because while I enjoyed it I didn't loved it as much as Strange Practice. But still in the end it ended up being another hit mainly thanks to the great cast of characters. While Strange Practice had the characters almost always together and working ...

    Seriously delightful second book in this series takes our heroine to Paris and a certain Opera House -- that one, the one with the chandelier -- as well as into lots and lots of underground tunnels. Because it is Paris and Helsing, there's catacombs, vampires (dreadful and nice), vampy...

    A very satisfying follow-up to Strange Practice, the second in the Dr. Greta Helsing series takes place in Paris. Shaw's writing is economical, keeping the action brisk while also managing to fit in plenty of literary and cultural references. The complex homage to Phantom of the Opera ...

    I loved this book. I would happily move into the world Vivian Shaw?s constructed for us if I had any useful skills to offer. Once again, she delightfully mixes references from pop culture with concepts from heavy old classics of nineteenth century horror fiction that can still freeze...

  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    Aug 01, 2018

    Urban fantasy with heart would be how I'd describe this series - whatever happens, the overall sense of how things should be never changes, and the ultimate goal remains the same: right wrongs, help those who need it, and encounter all sorts of interesting monsters along the way. Th...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/08/13/... Despite the mixed reviews for Strange Practice, I ended up enjoying it a lot and was very excited for Dreadful Company. Ironically though, it?s now this sequel that?s making me feel a bit conflicted. It...

  • Becca
    Aug 06, 2018

    Urban fantasy with heart would be how I'd describe this series - whatever happens, the overall sense of how things should be never changes, and the ultimate goal remains the same: right wrongs, help those who need it, and encounter all sorts of interesting monsters along the way. Th...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/08/13/... Despite the mixed reviews for Strange Practice, I ended up enjoying it a lot and was very excited for Dreadful Company. Ironically though, it?s now this sequel that?s making me feel a bit conflicted. It...

    This picks up a few months after the first book, it's interesting to see where things have gone since that story ended and how the characters have changed or grown. The same warmth and humour is present in the writing and the sense of a wider much more complicated hidden world we saw a...

    Greta is in Paris for a conference where she encounters true horror: a coven of poser vampires, as lacking in ethics as taste. The horror. The horror. I enjoyed the expanded characters, especially the French werewolf! This series has fuel for miles. Give me more! ...

    Dreadful Company was a nice follow-up to Vivan Shaw's excellent debut novel Strange Practice. Was it enjoyable? Overall, yes. Was it as strong as the first book? Not quite. For me, the main draw of the Greta Helsing series is the supernatural doctor stuff. It is so original and Gret...

    YES YES YES I'm so excited to read this! Despite not greatly enjoying bits of strange practice, I loved the way ending and want more of Greta and company! Dreadful company.... ? ...

    The first book in this series is one of my favorites ever, and the second book is no different. Vivian Shaw takes plenty of my favorite classic stories and a lot of very good stuff from her own very good brain and blends it into the perfect story. Nothing makes me happier than a new st...

    God, do I love this series. If you like Ben Aaronovitch's RIVERS OF LONDON series, but find at times that the writing gets a little too abstract and strays from the point (as I sometimes find when reading them), this series is the perfect antidote. It's got everything I could want in a...

  • Donna
    Aug 20, 2018

    Urban fantasy with heart would be how I'd describe this series - whatever happens, the overall sense of how things should be never changes, and the ultimate goal remains the same: right wrongs, help those who need it, and encounter all sorts of interesting monsters along the way. Th...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/08/13/... Despite the mixed reviews for Strange Practice, I ended up enjoying it a lot and was very excited for Dreadful Company. Ironically though, it?s now this sequel that?s making me feel a bit conflicted. It...

    This picks up a few months after the first book, it's interesting to see where things have gone since that story ended and how the characters have changed or grown. The same warmth and humour is present in the writing and the sense of a wider much more complicated hidden world we saw a...

    Greta is in Paris for a conference where she encounters true horror: a coven of poser vampires, as lacking in ethics as taste. The horror. The horror. I enjoyed the expanded characters, especially the French werewolf! This series has fuel for miles. Give me more! ...

    Dreadful Company was a nice follow-up to Vivan Shaw's excellent debut novel Strange Practice. Was it enjoyable? Overall, yes. Was it as strong as the first book? Not quite. For me, the main draw of the Greta Helsing series is the supernatural doctor stuff. It is so original and Gret...

    YES YES YES I'm so excited to read this! Despite not greatly enjoying bits of strange practice, I loved the way ending and want more of Greta and company! Dreadful company.... ? ...

    The first book in this series is one of my favorites ever, and the second book is no different. Vivian Shaw takes plenty of my favorite classic stories and a lot of very good stuff from her own very good brain and blends it into the perfect story. Nothing makes me happier than a new st...

    God, do I love this series. If you like Ben Aaronovitch's RIVERS OF LONDON series, but find at times that the writing gets a little too abstract and strays from the point (as I sometimes find when reading them), this series is the perfect antidote. It's got everything I could want in a...

    Last year, Strange Practice, the first in this ongoing series, was one of my unexpected delights, so much so that it was one of my 'favourite five' Fantasy novels of the year. It shouldn?t be a surprise then that I was really looking forward to this one. Dreadful Company begins pr...

    Dreadful Company builds on the strengths of the first volume in the series, delivering another solid urban fantasy adventure. Dreadful Company is the second novel from Vivian Shaw in the Dr Greta Helsing series, following last year's Strange Practice. Readers who follow a fair bit o...

    I am enamoured I love this world of cute monsters, demonic corporate structures, vampires who believe in their own worst stereotypes, and a dedicated doctor of really really alternative medicine. Please continue as long as you are able, and thank you. ...

    4+ stars! Another exceptional read from Vivian Shaw! I'm not one to generally go along with the sort of Hollywood-esque praise (you know: love love kiss kiss, let's do lunch DAH-ling) that is oft included in the small-case, roman-numeraled pages of new books. However, I am going to ...

    Greta Helsing, doctor to the supernatural, is kidnapped by a coven of vampires while attending a medical conference in Paris. I very much enjoyed the first book in this series but this sequel disappointed me somewhat. I wanted to spend more time with Greta and her medical practice i...

  • Fiona
    Sep 10, 2018

    Urban fantasy with heart would be how I'd describe this series - whatever happens, the overall sense of how things should be never changes, and the ultimate goal remains the same: right wrongs, help those who need it, and encounter all sorts of interesting monsters along the way. Th...

  • Debbie
    Aug 27, 2018

    Urban fantasy with heart would be how I'd describe this series - whatever happens, the overall sense of how things should be never changes, and the ultimate goal remains the same: right wrongs, help those who need it, and encounter all sorts of interesting monsters along the way. Th...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/08/13/... Despite the mixed reviews for Strange Practice, I ended up enjoying it a lot and was very excited for Dreadful Company. Ironically though, it?s now this sequel that?s making me feel a bit conflicted. It...

    This picks up a few months after the first book, it's interesting to see where things have gone since that story ended and how the characters have changed or grown. The same warmth and humour is present in the writing and the sense of a wider much more complicated hidden world we saw a...

    Greta is in Paris for a conference where she encounters true horror: a coven of poser vampires, as lacking in ethics as taste. The horror. The horror. I enjoyed the expanded characters, especially the French werewolf! This series has fuel for miles. Give me more! ...

    Dreadful Company was a nice follow-up to Vivan Shaw's excellent debut novel Strange Practice. Was it enjoyable? Overall, yes. Was it as strong as the first book? Not quite. For me, the main draw of the Greta Helsing series is the supernatural doctor stuff. It is so original and Gret...

    YES YES YES I'm so excited to read this! Despite not greatly enjoying bits of strange practice, I loved the way ending and want more of Greta and company! Dreadful company.... ? ...

    The first book in this series is one of my favorites ever, and the second book is no different. Vivian Shaw takes plenty of my favorite classic stories and a lot of very good stuff from her own very good brain and blends it into the perfect story. Nothing makes me happier than a new st...

    God, do I love this series. If you like Ben Aaronovitch's RIVERS OF LONDON series, but find at times that the writing gets a little too abstract and strays from the point (as I sometimes find when reading them), this series is the perfect antidote. It's got everything I could want in a...

    Last year, Strange Practice, the first in this ongoing series, was one of my unexpected delights, so much so that it was one of my 'favourite five' Fantasy novels of the year. It shouldn?t be a surprise then that I was really looking forward to this one. Dreadful Company begins pr...

    Dreadful Company builds on the strengths of the first volume in the series, delivering another solid urban fantasy adventure. Dreadful Company is the second novel from Vivian Shaw in the Dr Greta Helsing series, following last year's Strange Practice. Readers who follow a fair bit o...

    I am enamoured I love this world of cute monsters, demonic corporate structures, vampires who believe in their own worst stereotypes, and a dedicated doctor of really really alternative medicine. Please continue as long as you are able, and thank you. ...

    4+ stars! Another exceptional read from Vivian Shaw! I'm not one to generally go along with the sort of Hollywood-esque praise (you know: love love kiss kiss, let's do lunch DAH-ling) that is oft included in the small-case, roman-numeraled pages of new books. However, I am going to ...

    Greta Helsing, doctor to the supernatural, is kidnapped by a coven of vampires while attending a medical conference in Paris. I very much enjoyed the first book in this series but this sequel disappointed me somewhat. I wanted to spend more time with Greta and her medical practice i...

    Oh, that was just a ridiculous amount of fun. With the first book of this series, there was an awkward getting-to-know-you phase that one had to get through in order to get to the story. Shaw's writing seems sharper and more confident this time around, and she's figured out how to ...

    I was going to rate this 3 stars because while I enjoyed it I didn't loved it as much as Strange Practice. But still in the end it ended up being another hit mainly thanks to the great cast of characters. While Strange Practice had the characters almost always together and working ...

    Seriously delightful second book in this series takes our heroine to Paris and a certain Opera House -- that one, the one with the chandelier -- as well as into lots and lots of underground tunnels. Because it is Paris and Helsing, there's catacombs, vampires (dreadful and nice), vampy...

    A very satisfying follow-up to Strange Practice, the second in the Dr. Greta Helsing series takes place in Paris. Shaw's writing is economical, keeping the action brisk while also managing to fit in plenty of literary and cultural references. The complex homage to Phantom of the Opera ...

    I loved this book. I would happily move into the world Vivian Shaw?s constructed for us if I had any useful skills to offer. Once again, she delightfully mixes references from pop culture with concepts from heavy old classics of nineteenth century horror fiction that can still freeze...

    A great sequel to Strange Practice. Greta proved that she is very resourceful and capable of accomplishing things on her own. I also loved the relationship growth between her and Varney. Too many authors have their MC stuck in relationship limbo for too long, but Shaw has definitely av...

    This was delightful to read! I'm thrilled that it's even better than the previous book. The characters have more "flesh", the wit is fantastic and the good feelings you get at the end is endearing so now it's become one of my favorite paranormal series. Oh yes, Paris will have to...

    Dear gods, I love Greta Helsing so, SO much!! I adore her compassion for the 'monsters' she encounters - she treats everyone, vampires, demons, ghouls, etc. with such respect and empathy. Even when she's kidnapped by the lieutenant of the Parisian coven, she has the time and patien...

    So when exactly is Grave Importance coming out?! Vivian Shaw has done it again. I'll admit, as excited as I was for this sequel, I was terrified it wouldn't hold a candle to the first. It seems like all sequels are prone to the "sophomore slump", but I couldn't be more pleased with ...

    This is the second in a fun series. It reminds me a lot of Penny Dreadful -(TV series) only not so scary and creepy. But it brings together different 'historical' vampires, demons, etc. -all at the same time. Lots of fun. ...

  • Michele
    Sep 02, 2018

    Urban fantasy with heart would be how I'd describe this series - whatever happens, the overall sense of how things should be never changes, and the ultimate goal remains the same: right wrongs, help those who need it, and encounter all sorts of interesting monsters along the way. Th...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/08/13/... Despite the mixed reviews for Strange Practice, I ended up enjoying it a lot and was very excited for Dreadful Company. Ironically though, it?s now this sequel that?s making me feel a bit conflicted. It...

    This picks up a few months after the first book, it's interesting to see where things have gone since that story ended and how the characters have changed or grown. The same warmth and humour is present in the writing and the sense of a wider much more complicated hidden world we saw a...

    Greta is in Paris for a conference where she encounters true horror: a coven of poser vampires, as lacking in ethics as taste. The horror. The horror. I enjoyed the expanded characters, especially the French werewolf! This series has fuel for miles. Give me more! ...

    Dreadful Company was a nice follow-up to Vivan Shaw's excellent debut novel Strange Practice. Was it enjoyable? Overall, yes. Was it as strong as the first book? Not quite. For me, the main draw of the Greta Helsing series is the supernatural doctor stuff. It is so original and Gret...

    YES YES YES I'm so excited to read this! Despite not greatly enjoying bits of strange practice, I loved the way ending and want more of Greta and company! Dreadful company.... ? ...

    The first book in this series is one of my favorites ever, and the second book is no different. Vivian Shaw takes plenty of my favorite classic stories and a lot of very good stuff from her own very good brain and blends it into the perfect story. Nothing makes me happier than a new st...

    God, do I love this series. If you like Ben Aaronovitch's RIVERS OF LONDON series, but find at times that the writing gets a little too abstract and strays from the point (as I sometimes find when reading them), this series is the perfect antidote. It's got everything I could want in a...

    Last year, Strange Practice, the first in this ongoing series, was one of my unexpected delights, so much so that it was one of my 'favourite five' Fantasy novels of the year. It shouldn?t be a surprise then that I was really looking forward to this one. Dreadful Company begins pr...

    Dreadful Company builds on the strengths of the first volume in the series, delivering another solid urban fantasy adventure. Dreadful Company is the second novel from Vivian Shaw in the Dr Greta Helsing series, following last year's Strange Practice. Readers who follow a fair bit o...

    I am enamoured I love this world of cute monsters, demonic corporate structures, vampires who believe in their own worst stereotypes, and a dedicated doctor of really really alternative medicine. Please continue as long as you are able, and thank you. ...

    4+ stars! Another exceptional read from Vivian Shaw! I'm not one to generally go along with the sort of Hollywood-esque praise (you know: love love kiss kiss, let's do lunch DAH-ling) that is oft included in the small-case, roman-numeraled pages of new books. However, I am going to ...

    Greta Helsing, doctor to the supernatural, is kidnapped by a coven of vampires while attending a medical conference in Paris. I very much enjoyed the first book in this series but this sequel disappointed me somewhat. I wanted to spend more time with Greta and her medical practice i...

    Oh, that was just a ridiculous amount of fun. With the first book of this series, there was an awkward getting-to-know-you phase that one had to get through in order to get to the story. Shaw's writing seems sharper and more confident this time around, and she's figured out how to ...

    I was going to rate this 3 stars because while I enjoyed it I didn't loved it as much as Strange Practice. But still in the end it ended up being another hit mainly thanks to the great cast of characters. While Strange Practice had the characters almost always together and working ...

    Seriously delightful second book in this series takes our heroine to Paris and a certain Opera House -- that one, the one with the chandelier -- as well as into lots and lots of underground tunnels. Because it is Paris and Helsing, there's catacombs, vampires (dreadful and nice), vampy...

    A very satisfying follow-up to Strange Practice, the second in the Dr. Greta Helsing series takes place in Paris. Shaw's writing is economical, keeping the action brisk while also managing to fit in plenty of literary and cultural references. The complex homage to Phantom of the Opera ...

    I loved this book. I would happily move into the world Vivian Shaw?s constructed for us if I had any useful skills to offer. Once again, she delightfully mixes references from pop culture with concepts from heavy old classics of nineteenth century horror fiction that can still freeze...

    A great sequel to Strange Practice. Greta proved that she is very resourceful and capable of accomplishing things on her own. I also loved the relationship growth between her and Varney. Too many authors have their MC stuck in relationship limbo for too long, but Shaw has definitely av...

    This was delightful to read! I'm thrilled that it's even better than the previous book. The characters have more "flesh", the wit is fantastic and the good feelings you get at the end is endearing so now it's become one of my favorite paranormal series. Oh yes, Paris will have to...

    Dear gods, I love Greta Helsing so, SO much!! I adore her compassion for the 'monsters' she encounters - she treats everyone, vampires, demons, ghouls, etc. with such respect and empathy. Even when she's kidnapped by the lieutenant of the Parisian coven, she has the time and patien...

  • Tony
    Aug 21, 2018

    Urban fantasy with heart would be how I'd describe this series - whatever happens, the overall sense of how things should be never changes, and the ultimate goal remains the same: right wrongs, help those who need it, and encounter all sorts of interesting monsters along the way. Th...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/08/13/... Despite the mixed reviews for Strange Practice, I ended up enjoying it a lot and was very excited for Dreadful Company. Ironically though, it?s now this sequel that?s making me feel a bit conflicted. It...

    This picks up a few months after the first book, it's interesting to see where things have gone since that story ended and how the characters have changed or grown. The same warmth and humour is present in the writing and the sense of a wider much more complicated hidden world we saw a...

    Greta is in Paris for a conference where she encounters true horror: a coven of poser vampires, as lacking in ethics as taste. The horror. The horror. I enjoyed the expanded characters, especially the French werewolf! This series has fuel for miles. Give me more! ...

    Dreadful Company was a nice follow-up to Vivan Shaw's excellent debut novel Strange Practice. Was it enjoyable? Overall, yes. Was it as strong as the first book? Not quite. For me, the main draw of the Greta Helsing series is the supernatural doctor stuff. It is so original and Gret...

    YES YES YES I'm so excited to read this! Despite not greatly enjoying bits of strange practice, I loved the way ending and want more of Greta and company! Dreadful company.... ? ...

    The first book in this series is one of my favorites ever, and the second book is no different. Vivian Shaw takes plenty of my favorite classic stories and a lot of very good stuff from her own very good brain and blends it into the perfect story. Nothing makes me happier than a new st...

    God, do I love this series. If you like Ben Aaronovitch's RIVERS OF LONDON series, but find at times that the writing gets a little too abstract and strays from the point (as I sometimes find when reading them), this series is the perfect antidote. It's got everything I could want in a...

    Last year, Strange Practice, the first in this ongoing series, was one of my unexpected delights, so much so that it was one of my 'favourite five' Fantasy novels of the year. It shouldn?t be a surprise then that I was really looking forward to this one. Dreadful Company begins pr...

    Dreadful Company builds on the strengths of the first volume in the series, delivering another solid urban fantasy adventure. Dreadful Company is the second novel from Vivian Shaw in the Dr Greta Helsing series, following last year's Strange Practice. Readers who follow a fair bit o...

    I am enamoured I love this world of cute monsters, demonic corporate structures, vampires who believe in their own worst stereotypes, and a dedicated doctor of really really alternative medicine. Please continue as long as you are able, and thank you. ...

    4+ stars! Another exceptional read from Vivian Shaw! I'm not one to generally go along with the sort of Hollywood-esque praise (you know: love love kiss kiss, let's do lunch DAH-ling) that is oft included in the small-case, roman-numeraled pages of new books. However, I am going to ...

    Greta Helsing, doctor to the supernatural, is kidnapped by a coven of vampires while attending a medical conference in Paris. I very much enjoyed the first book in this series but this sequel disappointed me somewhat. I wanted to spend more time with Greta and her medical practice i...

    Oh, that was just a ridiculous amount of fun. With the first book of this series, there was an awkward getting-to-know-you phase that one had to get through in order to get to the story. Shaw's writing seems sharper and more confident this time around, and she's figured out how to ...

    I was going to rate this 3 stars because while I enjoyed it I didn't loved it as much as Strange Practice. But still in the end it ended up being another hit mainly thanks to the great cast of characters. While Strange Practice had the characters almost always together and working ...

    Seriously delightful second book in this series takes our heroine to Paris and a certain Opera House -- that one, the one with the chandelier -- as well as into lots and lots of underground tunnels. Because it is Paris and Helsing, there's catacombs, vampires (dreadful and nice), vampy...

    A very satisfying follow-up to Strange Practice, the second in the Dr. Greta Helsing series takes place in Paris. Shaw's writing is economical, keeping the action brisk while also managing to fit in plenty of literary and cultural references. The complex homage to Phantom of the Opera ...

  • David Thalenberg
    Jul 25, 2018

    Urban fantasy with heart would be how I'd describe this series - whatever happens, the overall sense of how things should be never changes, and the ultimate goal remains the same: right wrongs, help those who need it, and encounter all sorts of interesting monsters along the way. Th...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/08/13/... Despite the mixed reviews for Strange Practice, I ended up enjoying it a lot and was very excited for Dreadful Company. Ironically though, it?s now this sequel that?s making me feel a bit conflicted. It...

    This picks up a few months after the first book, it's interesting to see where things have gone since that story ended and how the characters have changed or grown. The same warmth and humour is present in the writing and the sense of a wider much more complicated hidden world we saw a...

    Greta is in Paris for a conference where she encounters true horror: a coven of poser vampires, as lacking in ethics as taste. The horror. The horror. I enjoyed the expanded characters, especially the French werewolf! This series has fuel for miles. Give me more! ...

    Dreadful Company was a nice follow-up to Vivan Shaw's excellent debut novel Strange Practice. Was it enjoyable? Overall, yes. Was it as strong as the first book? Not quite. For me, the main draw of the Greta Helsing series is the supernatural doctor stuff. It is so original and Gret...

    YES YES YES I'm so excited to read this! Despite not greatly enjoying bits of strange practice, I loved the way ending and want more of Greta and company! Dreadful company.... ? ...

    The first book in this series is one of my favorites ever, and the second book is no different. Vivian Shaw takes plenty of my favorite classic stories and a lot of very good stuff from her own very good brain and blends it into the perfect story. Nothing makes me happier than a new st...

    God, do I love this series. If you like Ben Aaronovitch's RIVERS OF LONDON series, but find at times that the writing gets a little too abstract and strays from the point (as I sometimes find when reading them), this series is the perfect antidote. It's got everything I could want in a...

    Last year, Strange Practice, the first in this ongoing series, was one of my unexpected delights, so much so that it was one of my 'favourite five' Fantasy novels of the year. It shouldn?t be a surprise then that I was really looking forward to this one. Dreadful Company begins pr...

    Dreadful Company builds on the strengths of the first volume in the series, delivering another solid urban fantasy adventure. Dreadful Company is the second novel from Vivian Shaw in the Dr Greta Helsing series, following last year's Strange Practice. Readers who follow a fair bit o...

    I am enamoured I love this world of cute monsters, demonic corporate structures, vampires who believe in their own worst stereotypes, and a dedicated doctor of really really alternative medicine. Please continue as long as you are able, and thank you. ...

  • Tracy
    Sep 01, 2018

    Urban fantasy with heart would be how I'd describe this series - whatever happens, the overall sense of how things should be never changes, and the ultimate goal remains the same: right wrongs, help those who need it, and encounter all sorts of interesting monsters along the way. Th...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/08/13/... Despite the mixed reviews for Strange Practice, I ended up enjoying it a lot and was very excited for Dreadful Company. Ironically though, it?s now this sequel that?s making me feel a bit conflicted. It...

    This picks up a few months after the first book, it's interesting to see where things have gone since that story ended and how the characters have changed or grown. The same warmth and humour is present in the writing and the sense of a wider much more complicated hidden world we saw a...

    Greta is in Paris for a conference where she encounters true horror: a coven of poser vampires, as lacking in ethics as taste. The horror. The horror. I enjoyed the expanded characters, especially the French werewolf! This series has fuel for miles. Give me more! ...

    Dreadful Company was a nice follow-up to Vivan Shaw's excellent debut novel Strange Practice. Was it enjoyable? Overall, yes. Was it as strong as the first book? Not quite. For me, the main draw of the Greta Helsing series is the supernatural doctor stuff. It is so original and Gret...

    YES YES YES I'm so excited to read this! Despite not greatly enjoying bits of strange practice, I loved the way ending and want more of Greta and company! Dreadful company.... ? ...

    The first book in this series is one of my favorites ever, and the second book is no different. Vivian Shaw takes plenty of my favorite classic stories and a lot of very good stuff from her own very good brain and blends it into the perfect story. Nothing makes me happier than a new st...

    God, do I love this series. If you like Ben Aaronovitch's RIVERS OF LONDON series, but find at times that the writing gets a little too abstract and strays from the point (as I sometimes find when reading them), this series is the perfect antidote. It's got everything I could want in a...

    Last year, Strange Practice, the first in this ongoing series, was one of my unexpected delights, so much so that it was one of my 'favourite five' Fantasy novels of the year. It shouldn?t be a surprise then that I was really looking forward to this one. Dreadful Company begins pr...

    Dreadful Company builds on the strengths of the first volume in the series, delivering another solid urban fantasy adventure. Dreadful Company is the second novel from Vivian Shaw in the Dr Greta Helsing series, following last year's Strange Practice. Readers who follow a fair bit o...

    I am enamoured I love this world of cute monsters, demonic corporate structures, vampires who believe in their own worst stereotypes, and a dedicated doctor of really really alternative medicine. Please continue as long as you are able, and thank you. ...

    4+ stars! Another exceptional read from Vivian Shaw! I'm not one to generally go along with the sort of Hollywood-esque praise (you know: love love kiss kiss, let's do lunch DAH-ling) that is oft included in the small-case, roman-numeraled pages of new books. However, I am going to ...

    Greta Helsing, doctor to the supernatural, is kidnapped by a coven of vampires while attending a medical conference in Paris. I very much enjoyed the first book in this series but this sequel disappointed me somewhat. I wanted to spend more time with Greta and her medical practice i...

    Oh, that was just a ridiculous amount of fun. With the first book of this series, there was an awkward getting-to-know-you phase that one had to get through in order to get to the story. Shaw's writing seems sharper and more confident this time around, and she's figured out how to ...

    I was going to rate this 3 stars because while I enjoyed it I didn't loved it as much as Strange Practice. But still in the end it ended up being another hit mainly thanks to the great cast of characters. While Strange Practice had the characters almost always together and working ...

    Seriously delightful second book in this series takes our heroine to Paris and a certain Opera House -- that one, the one with the chandelier -- as well as into lots and lots of underground tunnels. Because it is Paris and Helsing, there's catacombs, vampires (dreadful and nice), vampy...

    A very satisfying follow-up to Strange Practice, the second in the Dr. Greta Helsing series takes place in Paris. Shaw's writing is economical, keeping the action brisk while also managing to fit in plenty of literary and cultural references. The complex homage to Phantom of the Opera ...

    I loved this book. I would happily move into the world Vivian Shaw?s constructed for us if I had any useful skills to offer. Once again, she delightfully mixes references from pop culture with concepts from heavy old classics of nineteenth century horror fiction that can still freeze...

    A great sequel to Strange Practice. Greta proved that she is very resourceful and capable of accomplishing things on her own. I also loved the relationship growth between her and Varney. Too many authors have their MC stuck in relationship limbo for too long, but Shaw has definitely av...

    This was delightful to read! I'm thrilled that it's even better than the previous book. The characters have more "flesh", the wit is fantastic and the good feelings you get at the end is endearing so now it's become one of my favorite paranormal series. Oh yes, Paris will have to...

    Dear gods, I love Greta Helsing so, SO much!! I adore her compassion for the 'monsters' she encounters - she treats everyone, vampires, demons, ghouls, etc. with such respect and empathy. Even when she's kidnapped by the lieutenant of the Parisian coven, she has the time and patien...

    So when exactly is Grave Importance coming out?! Vivian Shaw has done it again. I'll admit, as excited as I was for this sequel, I was terrified it wouldn't hold a candle to the first. It seems like all sequels are prone to the "sophomore slump", but I couldn't be more pleased with ...

    This is the second in a fun series. It reminds me a lot of Penny Dreadful -(TV series) only not so scary and creepy. But it brings together different 'historical' vampires, demons, etc. -all at the same time. Lots of fun. ...

    Great fun! ...

    4.5/5 a charming series about monsters, doctors, self-saving women, and croissants. I?m a fan. My one thing I missed from the first book was the working relationship between the women in the medical clinic. It just rang so true, women just get sh*t done. ...

    Great read! So as not to spoil, I loved the references but won't name them, darn it! This one was a lot of fun ...

  • Kate
    Aug 06, 2018

    Urban fantasy with heart would be how I'd describe this series - whatever happens, the overall sense of how things should be never changes, and the ultimate goal remains the same: right wrongs, help those who need it, and encounter all sorts of interesting monsters along the way. Th...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/08/13/... Despite the mixed reviews for Strange Practice, I ended up enjoying it a lot and was very excited for Dreadful Company. Ironically though, it?s now this sequel that?s making me feel a bit conflicted. It...

    This picks up a few months after the first book, it's interesting to see where things have gone since that story ended and how the characters have changed or grown. The same warmth and humour is present in the writing and the sense of a wider much more complicated hidden world we saw a...

    Greta is in Paris for a conference where she encounters true horror: a coven of poser vampires, as lacking in ethics as taste. The horror. The horror. I enjoyed the expanded characters, especially the French werewolf! This series has fuel for miles. Give me more! ...

    Dreadful Company was a nice follow-up to Vivan Shaw's excellent debut novel Strange Practice. Was it enjoyable? Overall, yes. Was it as strong as the first book? Not quite. For me, the main draw of the Greta Helsing series is the supernatural doctor stuff. It is so original and Gret...

    YES YES YES I'm so excited to read this! Despite not greatly enjoying bits of strange practice, I loved the way ending and want more of Greta and company! Dreadful company.... ? ...

    The first book in this series is one of my favorites ever, and the second book is no different. Vivian Shaw takes plenty of my favorite classic stories and a lot of very good stuff from her own very good brain and blends it into the perfect story. Nothing makes me happier than a new st...

  • Hackmops
    Jul 29, 2018

    Urban fantasy with heart would be how I'd describe this series - whatever happens, the overall sense of how things should be never changes, and the ultimate goal remains the same: right wrongs, help those who need it, and encounter all sorts of interesting monsters along the way. Th...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/08/13/... Despite the mixed reviews for Strange Practice, I ended up enjoying it a lot and was very excited for Dreadful Company. Ironically though, it?s now this sequel that?s making me feel a bit conflicted. It...

    This picks up a few months after the first book, it's interesting to see where things have gone since that story ended and how the characters have changed or grown. The same warmth and humour is present in the writing and the sense of a wider much more complicated hidden world we saw a...

    Greta is in Paris for a conference where she encounters true horror: a coven of poser vampires, as lacking in ethics as taste. The horror. The horror. I enjoyed the expanded characters, especially the French werewolf! This series has fuel for miles. Give me more! ...

    Dreadful Company was a nice follow-up to Vivan Shaw's excellent debut novel Strange Practice. Was it enjoyable? Overall, yes. Was it as strong as the first book? Not quite. For me, the main draw of the Greta Helsing series is the supernatural doctor stuff. It is so original and Gret...

  • Hannah (Peevey) Way
    Aug 05, 2018

    Urban fantasy with heart would be how I'd describe this series - whatever happens, the overall sense of how things should be never changes, and the ultimate goal remains the same: right wrongs, help those who need it, and encounter all sorts of interesting monsters along the way. Th...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/08/13/... Despite the mixed reviews for Strange Practice, I ended up enjoying it a lot and was very excited for Dreadful Company. Ironically though, it?s now this sequel that?s making me feel a bit conflicted. It...

    This picks up a few months after the first book, it's interesting to see where things have gone since that story ended and how the characters have changed or grown. The same warmth and humour is present in the writing and the sense of a wider much more complicated hidden world we saw a...

    Greta is in Paris for a conference where she encounters true horror: a coven of poser vampires, as lacking in ethics as taste. The horror. The horror. I enjoyed the expanded characters, especially the French werewolf! This series has fuel for miles. Give me more! ...

    Dreadful Company was a nice follow-up to Vivan Shaw's excellent debut novel Strange Practice. Was it enjoyable? Overall, yes. Was it as strong as the first book? Not quite. For me, the main draw of the Greta Helsing series is the supernatural doctor stuff. It is so original and Gret...

    YES YES YES I'm so excited to read this! Despite not greatly enjoying bits of strange practice, I loved the way ending and want more of Greta and company! Dreadful company.... ? ...

    The first book in this series is one of my favorites ever, and the second book is no different. Vivian Shaw takes plenty of my favorite classic stories and a lot of very good stuff from her own very good brain and blends it into the perfect story. Nothing makes me happier than a new st...

    God, do I love this series. If you like Ben Aaronovitch's RIVERS OF LONDON series, but find at times that the writing gets a little too abstract and strays from the point (as I sometimes find when reading them), this series is the perfect antidote. It's got everything I could want in a...

    Last year, Strange Practice, the first in this ongoing series, was one of my unexpected delights, so much so that it was one of my 'favourite five' Fantasy novels of the year. It shouldn?t be a surprise then that I was really looking forward to this one. Dreadful Company begins pr...

    Dreadful Company builds on the strengths of the first volume in the series, delivering another solid urban fantasy adventure. Dreadful Company is the second novel from Vivian Shaw in the Dr Greta Helsing series, following last year's Strange Practice. Readers who follow a fair bit o...

    I am enamoured I love this world of cute monsters, demonic corporate structures, vampires who believe in their own worst stereotypes, and a dedicated doctor of really really alternative medicine. Please continue as long as you are able, and thank you. ...

    4+ stars! Another exceptional read from Vivian Shaw! I'm not one to generally go along with the sort of Hollywood-esque praise (you know: love love kiss kiss, let's do lunch DAH-ling) that is oft included in the small-case, roman-numeraled pages of new books. However, I am going to ...

    Greta Helsing, doctor to the supernatural, is kidnapped by a coven of vampires while attending a medical conference in Paris. I very much enjoyed the first book in this series but this sequel disappointed me somewhat. I wanted to spend more time with Greta and her medical practice i...

    Oh, that was just a ridiculous amount of fun. With the first book of this series, there was an awkward getting-to-know-you phase that one had to get through in order to get to the story. Shaw's writing seems sharper and more confident this time around, and she's figured out how to ...

    I was going to rate this 3 stars because while I enjoyed it I didn't loved it as much as Strange Practice. But still in the end it ended up being another hit mainly thanks to the great cast of characters. While Strange Practice had the characters almost always together and working ...

    Seriously delightful second book in this series takes our heroine to Paris and a certain Opera House -- that one, the one with the chandelier -- as well as into lots and lots of underground tunnels. Because it is Paris and Helsing, there's catacombs, vampires (dreadful and nice), vampy...

    A very satisfying follow-up to Strange Practice, the second in the Dr. Greta Helsing series takes place in Paris. Shaw's writing is economical, keeping the action brisk while also managing to fit in plenty of literary and cultural references. The complex homage to Phantom of the Opera ...

    I loved this book. I would happily move into the world Vivian Shaw?s constructed for us if I had any useful skills to offer. Once again, she delightfully mixes references from pop culture with concepts from heavy old classics of nineteenth century horror fiction that can still freeze...

    A great sequel to Strange Practice. Greta proved that she is very resourceful and capable of accomplishing things on her own. I also loved the relationship growth between her and Varney. Too many authors have their MC stuck in relationship limbo for too long, but Shaw has definitely av...

    This was delightful to read! I'm thrilled that it's even better than the previous book. The characters have more "flesh", the wit is fantastic and the good feelings you get at the end is endearing so now it's become one of my favorite paranormal series. Oh yes, Paris will have to...

    Dear gods, I love Greta Helsing so, SO much!! I adore her compassion for the 'monsters' she encounters - she treats everyone, vampires, demons, ghouls, etc. with such respect and empathy. Even when she's kidnapped by the lieutenant of the Parisian coven, she has the time and patien...

    So when exactly is Grave Importance coming out?! Vivian Shaw has done it again. I'll admit, as excited as I was for this sequel, I was terrified it wouldn't hold a candle to the first. It seems like all sequels are prone to the "sophomore slump", but I couldn't be more pleased with ...

    This is the second in a fun series. It reminds me a lot of Penny Dreadful -(TV series) only not so scary and creepy. But it brings together different 'historical' vampires, demons, etc. -all at the same time. Lots of fun. ...

    Great fun! ...

    4.5/5 a charming series about monsters, doctors, self-saving women, and croissants. I?m a fan. My one thing I missed from the first book was the working relationship between the women in the medical clinic. It just rang so true, women just get sh*t done. ...

    Great read! So as not to spoil, I loved the references but won't name them, darn it! This one was a lot of fun ...

    Good fun, and well worked out. Interesting characters. Slow start, but it really picked up after that, and used all the stuff that we saw in the slow start. Greta seems to love about four people/things, but each differently, and somehow she still comes across as believable. The...

    I loved it. Shaw has created a fun, intelligent and engaging magical mystery series with characters as fun and witty as you might expect from Gaiman. ...

  • Nick
    Sep 06, 2018

    Urban fantasy with heart would be how I'd describe this series - whatever happens, the overall sense of how things should be never changes, and the ultimate goal remains the same: right wrongs, help those who need it, and encounter all sorts of interesting monsters along the way. Th...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/08/13/... Despite the mixed reviews for Strange Practice, I ended up enjoying it a lot and was very excited for Dreadful Company. Ironically though, it?s now this sequel that?s making me feel a bit conflicted. It...

    This picks up a few months after the first book, it's interesting to see where things have gone since that story ended and how the characters have changed or grown. The same warmth and humour is present in the writing and the sense of a wider much more complicated hidden world we saw a...

  • Yaaresse
    Aug 17, 2018

    Urban fantasy with heart would be how I'd describe this series - whatever happens, the overall sense of how things should be never changes, and the ultimate goal remains the same: right wrongs, help those who need it, and encounter all sorts of interesting monsters along the way. Th...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/08/13/... Despite the mixed reviews for Strange Practice, I ended up enjoying it a lot and was very excited for Dreadful Company. Ironically though, it?s now this sequel that?s making me feel a bit conflicted. It...

    This picks up a few months after the first book, it's interesting to see where things have gone since that story ended and how the characters have changed or grown. The same warmth and humour is present in the writing and the sense of a wider much more complicated hidden world we saw a...

    Greta is in Paris for a conference where she encounters true horror: a coven of poser vampires, as lacking in ethics as taste. The horror. The horror. I enjoyed the expanded characters, especially the French werewolf! This series has fuel for miles. Give me more! ...

    Dreadful Company was a nice follow-up to Vivan Shaw's excellent debut novel Strange Practice. Was it enjoyable? Overall, yes. Was it as strong as the first book? Not quite. For me, the main draw of the Greta Helsing series is the supernatural doctor stuff. It is so original and Gret...

    YES YES YES I'm so excited to read this! Despite not greatly enjoying bits of strange practice, I loved the way ending and want more of Greta and company! Dreadful company.... ? ...

    The first book in this series is one of my favorites ever, and the second book is no different. Vivian Shaw takes plenty of my favorite classic stories and a lot of very good stuff from her own very good brain and blends it into the perfect story. Nothing makes me happier than a new st...

    God, do I love this series. If you like Ben Aaronovitch's RIVERS OF LONDON series, but find at times that the writing gets a little too abstract and strays from the point (as I sometimes find when reading them), this series is the perfect antidote. It's got everything I could want in a...

    Last year, Strange Practice, the first in this ongoing series, was one of my unexpected delights, so much so that it was one of my 'favourite five' Fantasy novels of the year. It shouldn?t be a surprise then that I was really looking forward to this one. Dreadful Company begins pr...

    Dreadful Company builds on the strengths of the first volume in the series, delivering another solid urban fantasy adventure. Dreadful Company is the second novel from Vivian Shaw in the Dr Greta Helsing series, following last year's Strange Practice. Readers who follow a fair bit o...

    I am enamoured I love this world of cute monsters, demonic corporate structures, vampires who believe in their own worst stereotypes, and a dedicated doctor of really really alternative medicine. Please continue as long as you are able, and thank you. ...

    4+ stars! Another exceptional read from Vivian Shaw! I'm not one to generally go along with the sort of Hollywood-esque praise (you know: love love kiss kiss, let's do lunch DAH-ling) that is oft included in the small-case, roman-numeraled pages of new books. However, I am going to ...

    Greta Helsing, doctor to the supernatural, is kidnapped by a coven of vampires while attending a medical conference in Paris. I very much enjoyed the first book in this series but this sequel disappointed me somewhat. I wanted to spend more time with Greta and her medical practice i...

    Oh, that was just a ridiculous amount of fun. With the first book of this series, there was an awkward getting-to-know-you phase that one had to get through in order to get to the story. Shaw's writing seems sharper and more confident this time around, and she's figured out how to ...

  • Sandradine
    Aug 04, 2018

    Urban fantasy with heart would be how I'd describe this series - whatever happens, the overall sense of how things should be never changes, and the ultimate goal remains the same: right wrongs, help those who need it, and encounter all sorts of interesting monsters along the way. Th...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/08/13/... Despite the mixed reviews for Strange Practice, I ended up enjoying it a lot and was very excited for Dreadful Company. Ironically though, it?s now this sequel that?s making me feel a bit conflicted. It...

    This picks up a few months after the first book, it's interesting to see where things have gone since that story ended and how the characters have changed or grown. The same warmth and humour is present in the writing and the sense of a wider much more complicated hidden world we saw a...

    Greta is in Paris for a conference where she encounters true horror: a coven of poser vampires, as lacking in ethics as taste. The horror. The horror. I enjoyed the expanded characters, especially the French werewolf! This series has fuel for miles. Give me more! ...

    Dreadful Company was a nice follow-up to Vivan Shaw's excellent debut novel Strange Practice. Was it enjoyable? Overall, yes. Was it as strong as the first book? Not quite. For me, the main draw of the Greta Helsing series is the supernatural doctor stuff. It is so original and Gret...

    YES YES YES I'm so excited to read this! Despite not greatly enjoying bits of strange practice, I loved the way ending and want more of Greta and company! Dreadful company.... ? ...

    The first book in this series is one of my favorites ever, and the second book is no different. Vivian Shaw takes plenty of my favorite classic stories and a lot of very good stuff from her own very good brain and blends it into the perfect story. Nothing makes me happier than a new st...

    God, do I love this series. If you like Ben Aaronovitch's RIVERS OF LONDON series, but find at times that the writing gets a little too abstract and strays from the point (as I sometimes find when reading them), this series is the perfect antidote. It's got everything I could want in a...

    Last year, Strange Practice, the first in this ongoing series, was one of my unexpected delights, so much so that it was one of my 'favourite five' Fantasy novels of the year. It shouldn?t be a surprise then that I was really looking forward to this one. Dreadful Company begins pr...

    Dreadful Company builds on the strengths of the first volume in the series, delivering another solid urban fantasy adventure. Dreadful Company is the second novel from Vivian Shaw in the Dr Greta Helsing series, following last year's Strange Practice. Readers who follow a fair bit o...

    I am enamoured I love this world of cute monsters, demonic corporate structures, vampires who believe in their own worst stereotypes, and a dedicated doctor of really really alternative medicine. Please continue as long as you are able, and thank you. ...

    4+ stars! Another exceptional read from Vivian Shaw! I'm not one to generally go along with the sort of Hollywood-esque praise (you know: love love kiss kiss, let's do lunch DAH-ling) that is oft included in the small-case, roman-numeraled pages of new books. However, I am going to ...

    Greta Helsing, doctor to the supernatural, is kidnapped by a coven of vampires while attending a medical conference in Paris. I very much enjoyed the first book in this series but this sequel disappointed me somewhat. I wanted to spend more time with Greta and her medical practice i...

    Oh, that was just a ridiculous amount of fun. With the first book of this series, there was an awkward getting-to-know-you phase that one had to get through in order to get to the story. Shaw's writing seems sharper and more confident this time around, and she's figured out how to ...

    I was going to rate this 3 stars because while I enjoyed it I didn't loved it as much as Strange Practice. But still in the end it ended up being another hit mainly thanks to the great cast of characters. While Strange Practice had the characters almost always together and working ...

    Seriously delightful second book in this series takes our heroine to Paris and a certain Opera House -- that one, the one with the chandelier -- as well as into lots and lots of underground tunnels. Because it is Paris and Helsing, there's catacombs, vampires (dreadful and nice), vampy...

    A very satisfying follow-up to Strange Practice, the second in the Dr. Greta Helsing series takes place in Paris. Shaw's writing is economical, keeping the action brisk while also managing to fit in plenty of literary and cultural references. The complex homage to Phantom of the Opera ...

    I loved this book. I would happily move into the world Vivian Shaw?s constructed for us if I had any useful skills to offer. Once again, she delightfully mixes references from pop culture with concepts from heavy old classics of nineteenth century horror fiction that can still freeze...

    A great sequel to Strange Practice. Greta proved that she is very resourceful and capable of accomplishing things on her own. I also loved the relationship growth between her and Varney. Too many authors have their MC stuck in relationship limbo for too long, but Shaw has definitely av...

    This was delightful to read! I'm thrilled that it's even better than the previous book. The characters have more "flesh", the wit is fantastic and the good feelings you get at the end is endearing so now it's become one of my favorite paranormal series. Oh yes, Paris will have to...

  • Abby
    Aug 28, 2018

    Urban fantasy with heart would be how I'd describe this series - whatever happens, the overall sense of how things should be never changes, and the ultimate goal remains the same: right wrongs, help those who need it, and encounter all sorts of interesting monsters along the way. Th...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/08/13/... Despite the mixed reviews for Strange Practice, I ended up enjoying it a lot and was very excited for Dreadful Company. Ironically though, it?s now this sequel that?s making me feel a bit conflicted. It...

    This picks up a few months after the first book, it's interesting to see where things have gone since that story ended and how the characters have changed or grown. The same warmth and humour is present in the writing and the sense of a wider much more complicated hidden world we saw a...

    Greta is in Paris for a conference where she encounters true horror: a coven of poser vampires, as lacking in ethics as taste. The horror. The horror. I enjoyed the expanded characters, especially the French werewolf! This series has fuel for miles. Give me more! ...

    Dreadful Company was a nice follow-up to Vivan Shaw's excellent debut novel Strange Practice. Was it enjoyable? Overall, yes. Was it as strong as the first book? Not quite. For me, the main draw of the Greta Helsing series is the supernatural doctor stuff. It is so original and Gret...

    YES YES YES I'm so excited to read this! Despite not greatly enjoying bits of strange practice, I loved the way ending and want more of Greta and company! Dreadful company.... ? ...

    The first book in this series is one of my favorites ever, and the second book is no different. Vivian Shaw takes plenty of my favorite classic stories and a lot of very good stuff from her own very good brain and blends it into the perfect story. Nothing makes me happier than a new st...

    God, do I love this series. If you like Ben Aaronovitch's RIVERS OF LONDON series, but find at times that the writing gets a little too abstract and strays from the point (as I sometimes find when reading them), this series is the perfect antidote. It's got everything I could want in a...

    Last year, Strange Practice, the first in this ongoing series, was one of my unexpected delights, so much so that it was one of my 'favourite five' Fantasy novels of the year. It shouldn?t be a surprise then that I was really looking forward to this one. Dreadful Company begins pr...

    Dreadful Company builds on the strengths of the first volume in the series, delivering another solid urban fantasy adventure. Dreadful Company is the second novel from Vivian Shaw in the Dr Greta Helsing series, following last year's Strange Practice. Readers who follow a fair bit o...

    I am enamoured I love this world of cute monsters, demonic corporate structures, vampires who believe in their own worst stereotypes, and a dedicated doctor of really really alternative medicine. Please continue as long as you are able, and thank you. ...

    4+ stars! Another exceptional read from Vivian Shaw! I'm not one to generally go along with the sort of Hollywood-esque praise (you know: love love kiss kiss, let's do lunch DAH-ling) that is oft included in the small-case, roman-numeraled pages of new books. However, I am going to ...

    Greta Helsing, doctor to the supernatural, is kidnapped by a coven of vampires while attending a medical conference in Paris. I very much enjoyed the first book in this series but this sequel disappointed me somewhat. I wanted to spend more time with Greta and her medical practice i...

    Oh, that was just a ridiculous amount of fun. With the first book of this series, there was an awkward getting-to-know-you phase that one had to get through in order to get to the story. Shaw's writing seems sharper and more confident this time around, and she's figured out how to ...

    I was going to rate this 3 stars because while I enjoyed it I didn't loved it as much as Strange Practice. But still in the end it ended up being another hit mainly thanks to the great cast of characters. While Strange Practice had the characters almost always together and working ...

    Seriously delightful second book in this series takes our heroine to Paris and a certain Opera House -- that one, the one with the chandelier -- as well as into lots and lots of underground tunnels. Because it is Paris and Helsing, there's catacombs, vampires (dreadful and nice), vampy...

    A very satisfying follow-up to Strange Practice, the second in the Dr. Greta Helsing series takes place in Paris. Shaw's writing is economical, keeping the action brisk while also managing to fit in plenty of literary and cultural references. The complex homage to Phantom of the Opera ...

    I loved this book. I would happily move into the world Vivian Shaw?s constructed for us if I had any useful skills to offer. Once again, she delightfully mixes references from pop culture with concepts from heavy old classics of nineteenth century horror fiction that can still freeze...

    A great sequel to Strange Practice. Greta proved that she is very resourceful and capable of accomplishing things on her own. I also loved the relationship growth between her and Varney. Too many authors have their MC stuck in relationship limbo for too long, but Shaw has definitely av...

  • Lucille
    Aug 15, 2018

    Urban fantasy with heart would be how I'd describe this series - whatever happens, the overall sense of how things should be never changes, and the ultimate goal remains the same: right wrongs, help those who need it, and encounter all sorts of interesting monsters along the way. Th...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/08/13/... Despite the mixed reviews for Strange Practice, I ended up enjoying it a lot and was very excited for Dreadful Company. Ironically though, it?s now this sequel that?s making me feel a bit conflicted. It...

    This picks up a few months after the first book, it's interesting to see where things have gone since that story ended and how the characters have changed or grown. The same warmth and humour is present in the writing and the sense of a wider much more complicated hidden world we saw a...

    Greta is in Paris for a conference where she encounters true horror: a coven of poser vampires, as lacking in ethics as taste. The horror. The horror. I enjoyed the expanded characters, especially the French werewolf! This series has fuel for miles. Give me more! ...

    Dreadful Company was a nice follow-up to Vivan Shaw's excellent debut novel Strange Practice. Was it enjoyable? Overall, yes. Was it as strong as the first book? Not quite. For me, the main draw of the Greta Helsing series is the supernatural doctor stuff. It is so original and Gret...

    YES YES YES I'm so excited to read this! Despite not greatly enjoying bits of strange practice, I loved the way ending and want more of Greta and company! Dreadful company.... ? ...

    The first book in this series is one of my favorites ever, and the second book is no different. Vivian Shaw takes plenty of my favorite classic stories and a lot of very good stuff from her own very good brain and blends it into the perfect story. Nothing makes me happier than a new st...

    God, do I love this series. If you like Ben Aaronovitch's RIVERS OF LONDON series, but find at times that the writing gets a little too abstract and strays from the point (as I sometimes find when reading them), this series is the perfect antidote. It's got everything I could want in a...

    Last year, Strange Practice, the first in this ongoing series, was one of my unexpected delights, so much so that it was one of my 'favourite five' Fantasy novels of the year. It shouldn?t be a surprise then that I was really looking forward to this one. Dreadful Company begins pr...

    Dreadful Company builds on the strengths of the first volume in the series, delivering another solid urban fantasy adventure. Dreadful Company is the second novel from Vivian Shaw in the Dr Greta Helsing series, following last year's Strange Practice. Readers who follow a fair bit o...

    I am enamoured I love this world of cute monsters, demonic corporate structures, vampires who believe in their own worst stereotypes, and a dedicated doctor of really really alternative medicine. Please continue as long as you are able, and thank you. ...

    4+ stars! Another exceptional read from Vivian Shaw! I'm not one to generally go along with the sort of Hollywood-esque praise (you know: love love kiss kiss, let's do lunch DAH-ling) that is oft included in the small-case, roman-numeraled pages of new books. However, I am going to ...

    Greta Helsing, doctor to the supernatural, is kidnapped by a coven of vampires while attending a medical conference in Paris. I very much enjoyed the first book in this series but this sequel disappointed me somewhat. I wanted to spend more time with Greta and her medical practice i...

    Oh, that was just a ridiculous amount of fun. With the first book of this series, there was an awkward getting-to-know-you phase that one had to get through in order to get to the story. Shaw's writing seems sharper and more confident this time around, and she's figured out how to ...

    I was going to rate this 3 stars because while I enjoyed it I didn't loved it as much as Strange Practice. But still in the end it ended up being another hit mainly thanks to the great cast of characters. While Strange Practice had the characters almost always together and working ...

  • Lena
    Sep 09, 2018

    Urban fantasy with heart would be how I'd describe this series - whatever happens, the overall sense of how things should be never changes, and the ultimate goal remains the same: right wrongs, help those who need it, and encounter all sorts of interesting monsters along the way. Th...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/08/13/... Despite the mixed reviews for Strange Practice, I ended up enjoying it a lot and was very excited for Dreadful Company. Ironically though, it?s now this sequel that?s making me feel a bit conflicted. It...

    This picks up a few months after the first book, it's interesting to see where things have gone since that story ended and how the characters have changed or grown. The same warmth and humour is present in the writing and the sense of a wider much more complicated hidden world we saw a...

    Greta is in Paris for a conference where she encounters true horror: a coven of poser vampires, as lacking in ethics as taste. The horror. The horror. I enjoyed the expanded characters, especially the French werewolf! This series has fuel for miles. Give me more! ...

  • Velislava
    Aug 10, 2018

    Urban fantasy with heart would be how I'd describe this series - whatever happens, the overall sense of how things should be never changes, and the ultimate goal remains the same: right wrongs, help those who need it, and encounter all sorts of interesting monsters along the way. Th...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/08/13/... Despite the mixed reviews for Strange Practice, I ended up enjoying it a lot and was very excited for Dreadful Company. Ironically though, it?s now this sequel that?s making me feel a bit conflicted. It...

    This picks up a few months after the first book, it's interesting to see where things have gone since that story ended and how the characters have changed or grown. The same warmth and humour is present in the writing and the sense of a wider much more complicated hidden world we saw a...

    Greta is in Paris for a conference where she encounters true horror: a coven of poser vampires, as lacking in ethics as taste. The horror. The horror. I enjoyed the expanded characters, especially the French werewolf! This series has fuel for miles. Give me more! ...

    Dreadful Company was a nice follow-up to Vivan Shaw's excellent debut novel Strange Practice. Was it enjoyable? Overall, yes. Was it as strong as the first book? Not quite. For me, the main draw of the Greta Helsing series is the supernatural doctor stuff. It is so original and Gret...

    YES YES YES I'm so excited to read this! Despite not greatly enjoying bits of strange practice, I loved the way ending and want more of Greta and company! Dreadful company.... ? ...

    The first book in this series is one of my favorites ever, and the second book is no different. Vivian Shaw takes plenty of my favorite classic stories and a lot of very good stuff from her own very good brain and blends it into the perfect story. Nothing makes me happier than a new st...

    God, do I love this series. If you like Ben Aaronovitch's RIVERS OF LONDON series, but find at times that the writing gets a little too abstract and strays from the point (as I sometimes find when reading them), this series is the perfect antidote. It's got everything I could want in a...

    Last year, Strange Practice, the first in this ongoing series, was one of my unexpected delights, so much so that it was one of my 'favourite five' Fantasy novels of the year. It shouldn?t be a surprise then that I was really looking forward to this one. Dreadful Company begins pr...

    Dreadful Company builds on the strengths of the first volume in the series, delivering another solid urban fantasy adventure. Dreadful Company is the second novel from Vivian Shaw in the Dr Greta Helsing series, following last year's Strange Practice. Readers who follow a fair bit o...

    I am enamoured I love this world of cute monsters, demonic corporate structures, vampires who believe in their own worst stereotypes, and a dedicated doctor of really really alternative medicine. Please continue as long as you are able, and thank you. ...

    4+ stars! Another exceptional read from Vivian Shaw! I'm not one to generally go along with the sort of Hollywood-esque praise (you know: love love kiss kiss, let's do lunch DAH-ling) that is oft included in the small-case, roman-numeraled pages of new books. However, I am going to ...

    Greta Helsing, doctor to the supernatural, is kidnapped by a coven of vampires while attending a medical conference in Paris. I very much enjoyed the first book in this series but this sequel disappointed me somewhat. I wanted to spend more time with Greta and her medical practice i...

    Oh, that was just a ridiculous amount of fun. With the first book of this series, there was an awkward getting-to-know-you phase that one had to get through in order to get to the story. Shaw's writing seems sharper and more confident this time around, and she's figured out how to ...

    I was going to rate this 3 stars because while I enjoyed it I didn't loved it as much as Strange Practice. But still in the end it ended up being another hit mainly thanks to the great cast of characters. While Strange Practice had the characters almost always together and working ...

    Seriously delightful second book in this series takes our heroine to Paris and a certain Opera House -- that one, the one with the chandelier -- as well as into lots and lots of underground tunnels. Because it is Paris and Helsing, there's catacombs, vampires (dreadful and nice), vampy...

    A very satisfying follow-up to Strange Practice, the second in the Dr. Greta Helsing series takes place in Paris. Shaw's writing is economical, keeping the action brisk while also managing to fit in plenty of literary and cultural references. The complex homage to Phantom of the Opera ...

    I loved this book. I would happily move into the world Vivian Shaw?s constructed for us if I had any useful skills to offer. Once again, she delightfully mixes references from pop culture with concepts from heavy old classics of nineteenth century horror fiction that can still freeze...

    A great sequel to Strange Practice. Greta proved that she is very resourceful and capable of accomplishing things on her own. I also loved the relationship growth between her and Varney. Too many authors have their MC stuck in relationship limbo for too long, but Shaw has definitely av...

    This was delightful to read! I'm thrilled that it's even better than the previous book. The characters have more "flesh", the wit is fantastic and the good feelings you get at the end is endearing so now it's become one of my favorite paranormal series. Oh yes, Paris will have to...

    Dear gods, I love Greta Helsing so, SO much!! I adore her compassion for the 'monsters' she encounters - she treats everyone, vampires, demons, ghouls, etc. with such respect and empathy. Even when she's kidnapped by the lieutenant of the Parisian coven, she has the time and patien...

    So when exactly is Grave Importance coming out?! Vivian Shaw has done it again. I'll admit, as excited as I was for this sequel, I was terrified it wouldn't hold a candle to the first. It seems like all sequels are prone to the "sophomore slump", but I couldn't be more pleased with ...

    This is the second in a fun series. It reminds me a lot of Penny Dreadful -(TV series) only not so scary and creepy. But it brings together different 'historical' vampires, demons, etc. -all at the same time. Lots of fun. ...

    Great fun! ...

    4.5/5 a charming series about monsters, doctors, self-saving women, and croissants. I?m a fan. My one thing I missed from the first book was the working relationship between the women in the medical clinic. It just rang so true, women just get sh*t done. ...

    Great read! So as not to spoil, I loved the references but won't name them, darn it! This one was a lot of fun ...

    Good fun, and well worked out. Interesting characters. Slow start, but it really picked up after that, and used all the stuff that we saw in the slow start. Greta seems to love about four people/things, but each differently, and somehow she still comes across as believable. The...

    I loved it. Shaw has created a fun, intelligent and engaging magical mystery series with characters as fun and witty as you might expect from Gaiman. ...

    I want to like this series so much more than I do, but it just keeps trading in the death and victimization of women, which is what I stopped reading urban fantasy by men over.............. there are also just So Many Men in this series in general. there's also this weird undercurre...

    Perhaps my expectations were too high after loving the first book so much. It was still entertaining, and amusing, it was great to see more of Greta Hellsing's world but there were also many things which put me off. In book one Greta had a battered mini, an overflowing shapeless hand...

  • Ari
    Aug 25, 2018

    Urban fantasy with heart would be how I'd describe this series - whatever happens, the overall sense of how things should be never changes, and the ultimate goal remains the same: right wrongs, help those who need it, and encounter all sorts of interesting monsters along the way. Th...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/08/13/... Despite the mixed reviews for Strange Practice, I ended up enjoying it a lot and was very excited for Dreadful Company. Ironically though, it?s now this sequel that?s making me feel a bit conflicted. It...

    This picks up a few months after the first book, it's interesting to see where things have gone since that story ended and how the characters have changed or grown. The same warmth and humour is present in the writing and the sense of a wider much more complicated hidden world we saw a...

    Greta is in Paris for a conference where she encounters true horror: a coven of poser vampires, as lacking in ethics as taste. The horror. The horror. I enjoyed the expanded characters, especially the French werewolf! This series has fuel for miles. Give me more! ...

    Dreadful Company was a nice follow-up to Vivan Shaw's excellent debut novel Strange Practice. Was it enjoyable? Overall, yes. Was it as strong as the first book? Not quite. For me, the main draw of the Greta Helsing series is the supernatural doctor stuff. It is so original and Gret...

    YES YES YES I'm so excited to read this! Despite not greatly enjoying bits of strange practice, I loved the way ending and want more of Greta and company! Dreadful company.... ? ...

    The first book in this series is one of my favorites ever, and the second book is no different. Vivian Shaw takes plenty of my favorite classic stories and a lot of very good stuff from her own very good brain and blends it into the perfect story. Nothing makes me happier than a new st...

    God, do I love this series. If you like Ben Aaronovitch's RIVERS OF LONDON series, but find at times that the writing gets a little too abstract and strays from the point (as I sometimes find when reading them), this series is the perfect antidote. It's got everything I could want in a...

    Last year, Strange Practice, the first in this ongoing series, was one of my unexpected delights, so much so that it was one of my 'favourite five' Fantasy novels of the year. It shouldn?t be a surprise then that I was really looking forward to this one. Dreadful Company begins pr...

    Dreadful Company builds on the strengths of the first volume in the series, delivering another solid urban fantasy adventure. Dreadful Company is the second novel from Vivian Shaw in the Dr Greta Helsing series, following last year's Strange Practice. Readers who follow a fair bit o...

    I am enamoured I love this world of cute monsters, demonic corporate structures, vampires who believe in their own worst stereotypes, and a dedicated doctor of really really alternative medicine. Please continue as long as you are able, and thank you. ...

    4+ stars! Another exceptional read from Vivian Shaw! I'm not one to generally go along with the sort of Hollywood-esque praise (you know: love love kiss kiss, let's do lunch DAH-ling) that is oft included in the small-case, roman-numeraled pages of new books. However, I am going to ...

    Greta Helsing, doctor to the supernatural, is kidnapped by a coven of vampires while attending a medical conference in Paris. I very much enjoyed the first book in this series but this sequel disappointed me somewhat. I wanted to spend more time with Greta and her medical practice i...

    Oh, that was just a ridiculous amount of fun. With the first book of this series, there was an awkward getting-to-know-you phase that one had to get through in order to get to the story. Shaw's writing seems sharper and more confident this time around, and she's figured out how to ...

    I was going to rate this 3 stars because while I enjoyed it I didn't loved it as much as Strange Practice. But still in the end it ended up being another hit mainly thanks to the great cast of characters. While Strange Practice had the characters almost always together and working ...

    Seriously delightful second book in this series takes our heroine to Paris and a certain Opera House -- that one, the one with the chandelier -- as well as into lots and lots of underground tunnels. Because it is Paris and Helsing, there's catacombs, vampires (dreadful and nice), vampy...

    A very satisfying follow-up to Strange Practice, the second in the Dr. Greta Helsing series takes place in Paris. Shaw's writing is economical, keeping the action brisk while also managing to fit in plenty of literary and cultural references. The complex homage to Phantom of the Opera ...

    I loved this book. I would happily move into the world Vivian Shaw?s constructed for us if I had any useful skills to offer. Once again, she delightfully mixes references from pop culture with concepts from heavy old classics of nineteenth century horror fiction that can still freeze...

    A great sequel to Strange Practice. Greta proved that she is very resourceful and capable of accomplishing things on her own. I also loved the relationship growth between her and Varney. Too many authors have their MC stuck in relationship limbo for too long, but Shaw has definitely av...

    This was delightful to read! I'm thrilled that it's even better than the previous book. The characters have more "flesh", the wit is fantastic and the good feelings you get at the end is endearing so now it's become one of my favorite paranormal series. Oh yes, Paris will have to...

    Dear gods, I love Greta Helsing so, SO much!! I adore her compassion for the 'monsters' she encounters - she treats everyone, vampires, demons, ghouls, etc. with such respect and empathy. Even when she's kidnapped by the lieutenant of the Parisian coven, she has the time and patien...

    So when exactly is Grave Importance coming out?! Vivian Shaw has done it again. I'll admit, as excited as I was for this sequel, I was terrified it wouldn't hold a candle to the first. It seems like all sequels are prone to the "sophomore slump", but I couldn't be more pleased with ...

    This is the second in a fun series. It reminds me a lot of Penny Dreadful -(TV series) only not so scary and creepy. But it brings together different 'historical' vampires, demons, etc. -all at the same time. Lots of fun. ...

    Great fun! ...

    4.5/5 a charming series about monsters, doctors, self-saving women, and croissants. I?m a fan. My one thing I missed from the first book was the working relationship between the women in the medical clinic. It just rang so true, women just get sh*t done. ...

    Great read! So as not to spoil, I loved the references but won't name them, darn it! This one was a lot of fun ...

    Good fun, and well worked out. Interesting characters. Slow start, but it really picked up after that, and used all the stuff that we saw in the slow start. Greta seems to love about four people/things, but each differently, and somehow she still comes across as believable. The...

    I loved it. Shaw has created a fun, intelligent and engaging magical mystery series with characters as fun and witty as you might expect from Gaiman. ...

    I want to like this series so much more than I do, but it just keeps trading in the death and victimization of women, which is what I stopped reading urban fantasy by men over.............. there are also just So Many Men in this series in general. there's also this weird undercurre...

  • Adri Joy
    Jul 24, 2018

    Urban fantasy with heart would be how I'd describe this series - whatever happens, the overall sense of how things should be never changes, and the ultimate goal remains the same: right wrongs, help those who need it, and encounter all sorts of interesting monsters along the way. Th...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/08/13/... Despite the mixed reviews for Strange Practice, I ended up enjoying it a lot and was very excited for Dreadful Company. Ironically though, it?s now this sequel that?s making me feel a bit conflicted. It...

    This picks up a few months after the first book, it's interesting to see where things have gone since that story ended and how the characters have changed or grown. The same warmth and humour is present in the writing and the sense of a wider much more complicated hidden world we saw a...

    Greta is in Paris for a conference where she encounters true horror: a coven of poser vampires, as lacking in ethics as taste. The horror. The horror. I enjoyed the expanded characters, especially the French werewolf! This series has fuel for miles. Give me more! ...

    Dreadful Company was a nice follow-up to Vivan Shaw's excellent debut novel Strange Practice. Was it enjoyable? Overall, yes. Was it as strong as the first book? Not quite. For me, the main draw of the Greta Helsing series is the supernatural doctor stuff. It is so original and Gret...

    YES YES YES I'm so excited to read this! Despite not greatly enjoying bits of strange practice, I loved the way ending and want more of Greta and company! Dreadful company.... ? ...

    The first book in this series is one of my favorites ever, and the second book is no different. Vivian Shaw takes plenty of my favorite classic stories and a lot of very good stuff from her own very good brain and blends it into the perfect story. Nothing makes me happier than a new st...

    God, do I love this series. If you like Ben Aaronovitch's RIVERS OF LONDON series, but find at times that the writing gets a little too abstract and strays from the point (as I sometimes find when reading them), this series is the perfect antidote. It's got everything I could want in a...

    Last year, Strange Practice, the first in this ongoing series, was one of my unexpected delights, so much so that it was one of my 'favourite five' Fantasy novels of the year. It shouldn?t be a surprise then that I was really looking forward to this one. Dreadful Company begins pr...

    Dreadful Company builds on the strengths of the first volume in the series, delivering another solid urban fantasy adventure. Dreadful Company is the second novel from Vivian Shaw in the Dr Greta Helsing series, following last year's Strange Practice. Readers who follow a fair bit o...

  • Kat Ficalora
    Aug 18, 2018

    Urban fantasy with heart would be how I'd describe this series - whatever happens, the overall sense of how things should be never changes, and the ultimate goal remains the same: right wrongs, help those who need it, and encounter all sorts of interesting monsters along the way. Th...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/08/13/... Despite the mixed reviews for Strange Practice, I ended up enjoying it a lot and was very excited for Dreadful Company. Ironically though, it?s now this sequel that?s making me feel a bit conflicted. It...

    This picks up a few months after the first book, it's interesting to see where things have gone since that story ended and how the characters have changed or grown. The same warmth and humour is present in the writing and the sense of a wider much more complicated hidden world we saw a...

    Greta is in Paris for a conference where she encounters true horror: a coven of poser vampires, as lacking in ethics as taste. The horror. The horror. I enjoyed the expanded characters, especially the French werewolf! This series has fuel for miles. Give me more! ...

    Dreadful Company was a nice follow-up to Vivan Shaw's excellent debut novel Strange Practice. Was it enjoyable? Overall, yes. Was it as strong as the first book? Not quite. For me, the main draw of the Greta Helsing series is the supernatural doctor stuff. It is so original and Gret...

    YES YES YES I'm so excited to read this! Despite not greatly enjoying bits of strange practice, I loved the way ending and want more of Greta and company! Dreadful company.... ? ...

    The first book in this series is one of my favorites ever, and the second book is no different. Vivian Shaw takes plenty of my favorite classic stories and a lot of very good stuff from her own very good brain and blends it into the perfect story. Nothing makes me happier than a new st...

    God, do I love this series. If you like Ben Aaronovitch's RIVERS OF LONDON series, but find at times that the writing gets a little too abstract and strays from the point (as I sometimes find when reading them), this series is the perfect antidote. It's got everything I could want in a...

    Last year, Strange Practice, the first in this ongoing series, was one of my unexpected delights, so much so that it was one of my 'favourite five' Fantasy novels of the year. It shouldn?t be a surprise then that I was really looking forward to this one. Dreadful Company begins pr...

    Dreadful Company builds on the strengths of the first volume in the series, delivering another solid urban fantasy adventure. Dreadful Company is the second novel from Vivian Shaw in the Dr Greta Helsing series, following last year's Strange Practice. Readers who follow a fair bit o...

    I am enamoured I love this world of cute monsters, demonic corporate structures, vampires who believe in their own worst stereotypes, and a dedicated doctor of really really alternative medicine. Please continue as long as you are able, and thank you. ...

    4+ stars! Another exceptional read from Vivian Shaw! I'm not one to generally go along with the sort of Hollywood-esque praise (you know: love love kiss kiss, let's do lunch DAH-ling) that is oft included in the small-case, roman-numeraled pages of new books. However, I am going to ...

    Greta Helsing, doctor to the supernatural, is kidnapped by a coven of vampires while attending a medical conference in Paris. I very much enjoyed the first book in this series but this sequel disappointed me somewhat. I wanted to spend more time with Greta and her medical practice i...

    Oh, that was just a ridiculous amount of fun. With the first book of this series, there was an awkward getting-to-know-you phase that one had to get through in order to get to the story. Shaw's writing seems sharper and more confident this time around, and she's figured out how to ...

    I was going to rate this 3 stars because while I enjoyed it I didn't loved it as much as Strange Practice. But still in the end it ended up being another hit mainly thanks to the great cast of characters. While Strange Practice had the characters almost always together and working ...

    Seriously delightful second book in this series takes our heroine to Paris and a certain Opera House -- that one, the one with the chandelier -- as well as into lots and lots of underground tunnels. Because it is Paris and Helsing, there's catacombs, vampires (dreadful and nice), vampy...

    A very satisfying follow-up to Strange Practice, the second in the Dr. Greta Helsing series takes place in Paris. Shaw's writing is economical, keeping the action brisk while also managing to fit in plenty of literary and cultural references. The complex homage to Phantom of the Opera ...

    I loved this book. I would happily move into the world Vivian Shaw?s constructed for us if I had any useful skills to offer. Once again, she delightfully mixes references from pop culture with concepts from heavy old classics of nineteenth century horror fiction that can still freeze...

    A great sequel to Strange Practice. Greta proved that she is very resourceful and capable of accomplishing things on her own. I also loved the relationship growth between her and Varney. Too many authors have their MC stuck in relationship limbo for too long, but Shaw has definitely av...

    This was delightful to read! I'm thrilled that it's even better than the previous book. The characters have more "flesh", the wit is fantastic and the good feelings you get at the end is endearing so now it's become one of my favorite paranormal series. Oh yes, Paris will have to...

    Dear gods, I love Greta Helsing so, SO much!! I adore her compassion for the 'monsters' she encounters - she treats everyone, vampires, demons, ghouls, etc. with such respect and empathy. Even when she's kidnapped by the lieutenant of the Parisian coven, she has the time and patien...

    So when exactly is Grave Importance coming out?! Vivian Shaw has done it again. I'll admit, as excited as I was for this sequel, I was terrified it wouldn't hold a candle to the first. It seems like all sequels are prone to the "sophomore slump", but I couldn't be more pleased with ...

  • William Gowling
    Dec 10, 2017

    Urban fantasy with heart would be how I'd describe this series - whatever happens, the overall sense of how things should be never changes, and the ultimate goal remains the same: right wrongs, help those who need it, and encounter all sorts of interesting monsters along the way. Th...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/08/13/... Despite the mixed reviews for Strange Practice, I ended up enjoying it a lot and was very excited for Dreadful Company. Ironically though, it?s now this sequel that?s making me feel a bit conflicted. It...

    This picks up a few months after the first book, it's interesting to see where things have gone since that story ended and how the characters have changed or grown. The same warmth and humour is present in the writing and the sense of a wider much more complicated hidden world we saw a...

    Greta is in Paris for a conference where she encounters true horror: a coven of poser vampires, as lacking in ethics as taste. The horror. The horror. I enjoyed the expanded characters, especially the French werewolf! This series has fuel for miles. Give me more! ...

    Dreadful Company was a nice follow-up to Vivan Shaw's excellent debut novel Strange Practice. Was it enjoyable? Overall, yes. Was it as strong as the first book? Not quite. For me, the main draw of the Greta Helsing series is the supernatural doctor stuff. It is so original and Gret...

    YES YES YES I'm so excited to read this! Despite not greatly enjoying bits of strange practice, I loved the way ending and want more of Greta and company! Dreadful company.... ? ...

  • Ziggy Nixon
    Aug 19, 2018

    Urban fantasy with heart would be how I'd describe this series - whatever happens, the overall sense of how things should be never changes, and the ultimate goal remains the same: right wrongs, help those who need it, and encounter all sorts of interesting monsters along the way. Th...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/08/13/... Despite the mixed reviews for Strange Practice, I ended up enjoying it a lot and was very excited for Dreadful Company. Ironically though, it?s now this sequel that?s making me feel a bit conflicted. It...

    This picks up a few months after the first book, it's interesting to see where things have gone since that story ended and how the characters have changed or grown. The same warmth and humour is present in the writing and the sense of a wider much more complicated hidden world we saw a...

    Greta is in Paris for a conference where she encounters true horror: a coven of poser vampires, as lacking in ethics as taste. The horror. The horror. I enjoyed the expanded characters, especially the French werewolf! This series has fuel for miles. Give me more! ...

    Dreadful Company was a nice follow-up to Vivan Shaw's excellent debut novel Strange Practice. Was it enjoyable? Overall, yes. Was it as strong as the first book? Not quite. For me, the main draw of the Greta Helsing series is the supernatural doctor stuff. It is so original and Gret...

    YES YES YES I'm so excited to read this! Despite not greatly enjoying bits of strange practice, I loved the way ending and want more of Greta and company! Dreadful company.... ? ...

    The first book in this series is one of my favorites ever, and the second book is no different. Vivian Shaw takes plenty of my favorite classic stories and a lot of very good stuff from her own very good brain and blends it into the perfect story. Nothing makes me happier than a new st...

    God, do I love this series. If you like Ben Aaronovitch's RIVERS OF LONDON series, but find at times that the writing gets a little too abstract and strays from the point (as I sometimes find when reading them), this series is the perfect antidote. It's got everything I could want in a...

    Last year, Strange Practice, the first in this ongoing series, was one of my unexpected delights, so much so that it was one of my 'favourite five' Fantasy novels of the year. It shouldn?t be a surprise then that I was really looking forward to this one. Dreadful Company begins pr...

    Dreadful Company builds on the strengths of the first volume in the series, delivering another solid urban fantasy adventure. Dreadful Company is the second novel from Vivian Shaw in the Dr Greta Helsing series, following last year's Strange Practice. Readers who follow a fair bit o...

    I am enamoured I love this world of cute monsters, demonic corporate structures, vampires who believe in their own worst stereotypes, and a dedicated doctor of really really alternative medicine. Please continue as long as you are able, and thank you. ...

    4+ stars! Another exceptional read from Vivian Shaw! I'm not one to generally go along with the sort of Hollywood-esque praise (you know: love love kiss kiss, let's do lunch DAH-ling) that is oft included in the small-case, roman-numeraled pages of new books. However, I am going to ...