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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Review & Blog Tour ~ Stoker & Bash :The Fangs of Scavo by Seilna Kray




Length: 100,000 words


Blurb

At Scotland Yard, DI Timothy Stoker is no better than a ghost. A master of arcane documents and niggling details who, unlike his celebrity-chasing colleagues, prefers hard work to headlines. But an invisible man is needed to unmask the city’s newest amateur detective, Hieronymus Bash. A bon vivant long on flash and style but short on personal history, Bash just may be a Cheapside rogue in Savile Row finery.

When the four fangs of the Demon Cats of Scavo—trophies that protect the hunters who killed the two vicious beasts—disappear one by one, Stoker's forced to team with the very man he was sent to investigate to maintain his cover. He finds himself thrust into a world of wailing mediums, spiritualist societies, man-eating lions, and a consulting detective with more ambition than sense. Will this case be the end of his career, or the start of an unexpected liaison? Or will the mysterious forces at play be the death of them both?

And just who is Hieronymus Bash?


Author Bio

Selina Kray is the nom de plume of an author and English editor. Professionally she has covered all the artsy-fartsy bases, having worked in a bookstore, at a cinema, in children’s television, and in television distribution, up to her latest incarnation as a subtitle editor and grammar nerd (though she may have always been a grammar nerd). A self-proclaimed geek and pop culture junkie who sometimes manages to pry herself away from the review sites and gossip blogs to write fiction of her own, she is a voracious consumer of art with both a capital and lowercase A.

Selina’s aim is to write genre-spanning romances with intricate plots, complex characters, and lots of heart. Whether she has achieved this goal is for you, gentle readers, to decide. At present she is hard at work on future novels at home in Montreal, Quebec, with her wee corgi serving as both foot warmer and in-house critic.

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This story is very "Sherlock & Watson" inspired, only a little less platonic. 
The author did a great job with character development and making them very 3-D. 
I loved Heiro's band of misfits and how he "collects" people. It gives him a very mysterious air about him. From the outside you see a cocky, flamboyant, man but he is so far from it.


Stoker or "Kip" is very plain and likes to play by the books for the most part. He's not a very good actor but loves being a detective and cracking codes and the like.

This odd bunch do seem to make a great team. However. I did find myself confused a lot. I'm not one much for historical, Shakespeare and the like. The way of speaking just doesn't appeal to me and I find it hard to read. Thus making this book a very slow read for me. A lot of old theatre terms were used and terms in other languages that I just didn't really comprehend, so I'd kind of skip over that hoping I didn't miss pertanant information.

The story of The Fangs of Scavo itself was pretty interesting. It's loosely based on a true story that happened in another time and can be found in the Chicago museum, so that was is something I'm glad to have found out and can't wait to look into.

All in all this was a 3* for me.
 I think Heiro's personality and that little backstory of the real lions was the salvation for me. But I'm sure all you historical and detective buffs will really enjoy this book.


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