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Ghosts of Gotham

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  179 ratings  ·  64 reviews
Irresistibly drawn to mysteries, if only to debunk them, reporter Lionel Page exposes supernatural frauds, swindlers, and charlatans. His latest case is an obsession—at least for an ancient and wealthy heiress: verify the authenticity of a lost Edgar Allan Poe manuscript circulating through New York City’s literary underworld. But the shrewd Regina Dunkle offers more than ...more
Paperback, 446 pages
Published April 9th 2019 by 47North
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✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
💥 April 9, 2019 : yay and stuff!! It's release day and stuff!! So get the book get the book get the book and stuff!!

So. This book could have been boring as fish. Oh yes, most definitely. I mean, a Bibliomystery Type Thingie (BTT™)? About a reporter hired by an eccentric, reclusive heiress to locate and authenticate an obscure Edgar Allan Poe manuscript? YAWN, right? Been there, read that, ultimate cure for insomnia and stuff, right? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Clueless Barnacles will be clueless, as usual.
Montzalee Wittmann
Ghosts of Gotham by Craig Schaefer is a book I requested from NetGalley and the review is voluntary. Wow, this book is extraordinary! It is going in my "favorite of all time folder"!
It is a cross of mythology, The Supernaturals, Alfred Hitchcock, and a mash of every horror show I've seen. So many twists and surprises that I gave up on trying to figure it out and just held on and rode this wild ride to the end! Nothing is as it seems! No one is who they say they are...
Ghouls, goddess, an old Po

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Release day: April 9, 2019. Publisher: 47North. Rating: ★★★★★

Craig Schaefer once again proves he is genius-level in the paranormal noir genre. This is my 15th? book and it may be my favorite yet. The writing, the plotting, the characterization, the pacing, the world-building … just gets better and better.

Have you read Craig Schaefer yet? Yes. Good job. I approve. Have you read Craig Schaefer yet? No?

So now that my fangirlin
If we've been friends on Goodreads for a while, it's probably not a secret that I'm a ridiculously enthusiastic fan of Craig Schaefer's books (and eternal thanks to Sarah, who has championed the shit out of this author, for switching me onto them). Nevertheless, when Ghosts of Gotham came up on Netgalley, I knew I was just the reader to give a completely unbiased and fair review.

Now that we've all stopped laughing...all bias aside, this is a great book. It's a new series, with a new hero/manic
Robin (Bridge Four)
This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart

What can I say? Craig Shaefer has done something really special in Ghosts of Gotham.  He has taken an Edgar Allen Poe story and made it the focus of a mystery that delves into occult, that in itself is a good story.  But he has also taken two characters, which on their own might not be incredibly sympathetic and turned them into the heroes of this tale and made me wonder how long should someone pay for the sins of their past?  The magic in t

Actual rating: 4.5/5

Lionel Page has made a name for himself digging into hoaxes, frauds, and con artists. As an investigative reporter, he’s busted psychics, faith healers and miracle men, exposing their powers for nothing more but parlour tricks. 

He’s proved repeatedly that magic didn’t exist. Craig Schaefer’s proved him wrong.

Lionel’s new case gets weird fast. He must believe in the unbelievable or die. Simple.

Schaefer is one of my favourite storytellers. His insane plotting skills im
We meet Lionel Page, a Chicago reporter who exposes supernatural frauds, swindlers, and charlatans. He has made quite a name for himself.

When a story from his past threatens his livelihood, he accepts a quest from Regina Dunkle to verify the authenticity of a lost Edgar Allan Poe manuscript circulating through New York City. In exchange she promises to make his problem go away. Ah, Lionel we all know how that goes. The tale that unfolds introduces mythology, supernatural elements and paranormal
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not only are there fell creatures wandering through New York’s sewers, but there are secret societies and haunted buildings filled with people worshipping ancient deities. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. This novel gives the reader of a dark gloomy Gotham City filled with ethereal mysterious people.

Take a reporter dedicated (like a Geraldo Rivera) to unmasking charlatans, frauds, faith healers and the like and send him in a mission to recover a lost manuscript In Manhattan. What could go
You know what the problem with this book is? It's a standalone. It's amazing! And I want more. So much more.

I loved everything about this. Lionel is the sole survivor of a brutal massacre, but he tries to keep his past hidden. When his past was about to be exposed, an unexpected source offers to help as long as he tracks down something in return. Then lots of murder, mystery, magic, and mayhem ensues.

Lionel's career revolves around debunking magic. Little did he know magic did exist. While tra
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you told me to read a book about modern day witches I’d probably pass. But, since I only skimmed the description, this came across as a bibliomystery, which immediately piqued my interest. And what a good thing that was. I mean, this book does actually have a terrific bibliomystery (a different and terrifyingly literal interpretation of a famous Poe story) as its spine, but a lot of the plot has to do with witches. Then again there are also cults or secret societies and conspiracies and occul ...more
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ghosts Of Gotham is Craig Schaefer’s newest offering and one that promises a new direction in his illustrious career. This book is based on the next chapter in his career with 47North. The story is quite interesting and was definitely a new twist on gothic stories.

Lionel Page is a Chicago reporter who’s addicted to debunking mysteries and because of his past, he cannot resist them any more than he breathes. However he’s clueless as to how to solve his own personal mystery. His penchant for risk
Mim Inkling
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received Ghosts of Gotham from the publisher, and absolutely loved it. I actually read it in one day, while I was supposed to be working – it was impossible to put down!
The book is classified as “occult mystery”, but it’s really more a meld of myth, fantasy, horror, and mystery, with a little Dan Brown-style conspiracy theory thrown in for good measure. It has an interesting premise, and I liked the way Greek mythology had been used to explain certain aspects of magic. It was quite a clever re
Jennifer Gaarder
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ghosts of Gotham seems like a great mystery from the outset but becomes a mess of supernatural wonders in the end.
I read this book with some high expectations because this author rated so well. However, when the supernatural was introduced, it was clumsily done and well, just plain dumb. I should have expected more from such a celebrated author.
Secondly, I would have liked to see the protagonist’s past a little more a little earlier to make the story make more sense to me.
The writing w
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for my open and honest review.

Would you like a story that has ghosts, witches ghouls - and an almost crim noir plot with an intrepid reporter. Have I got the story for you.

Ghosts of Gotham is about Lionel Page, referred to as little lion occasionally, a thirty-something investigative journalist. Lionel is given an investigation by a mysterious woman, Regina Dunkle. Is she just a wealthy reclusive heiress with a fascination
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Mar 03, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
This sounds really fascinating but tbh I'm gonna be disappointed if there's no sneaky Batman reference with a title like that.
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gates of Gotham is what I call an adult urban fantasy thriller--a killer (pun intended) combo that author Craig Schaefer blends together in an eye-catching and nonstop story.

The first thing that grabbed my attention was the title. I'm a huge comic book fan, and I honestly thought this would be somehow relating to DC Comics in some way. (Spoiler alert: it's not.) But do not fear; this book is incredible; and when I read that this book also focuses on the supernatural and mythology, I was sold. I
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nothing gory or shocking about the pictures, not a drop of blood, but the animals were dead. One charcoal sketch depicted a pair of rabbits and some kind of bird on their backs, eyes shut, a hunter's fresh catch. Another captured a single spread-winged pheasant, neck bent in eternal slumber.

Would you like a story that has ghosts, witches ghouls – and a crime noir style plot with an intrepid reporter. Have I got the story for you.

Ghosts of Gotham is about Lionel Page, referred to as little lion o
Karen  ⚜Mess⚜
Buddy read with the MacHalos

This was my first Schaefer experience, and it was exceptional! The best part is now I get to sit with the cool kids in the Schaefer Cult.

Ghosts of Gotham fits snuggly in the Urban Fantasy genre. It had all the juicy bits I come to expect from an UF. Action, magic, gods, creatures, and a dose of gore. Schaefer also threw in some romance and sex to give it that exceptional spicy taste.

One of my favorite aspects in a good author is how well he uses dialogue in te

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I was very curious when I discovered the theme of this novel. An impossible manuscript of Edgar Allan Poe or even the somewhat paranormal side that the author has added? All this could only intrigue me! That’s also why I plunged into the story with pleasure.

Lionel is a journalist whose mission is to find and expose charlatans. But now, his past catches him up, a past he does not want to hear about, or even to remember. To prevent this, he spends a deal with a
This was my second book by Craig Schaefer and I enjoyed this one just as I did the first one I read (that reminds me, I really have to finish the Daniel Faust series sometime soon).
Ghosts of Ghotam was different, entertaining, and kept my attention. I love stories about magic in a modern setting and this one didn't disappoint. This story is whimsical and yet heavy at the same time. Fast paced plot and an edgy tone made for interesting characters without seeming superficial. The writing was good,
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Review originally posted on A Reading Brit

ARC provided to me via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

The Plot

This was full of twists, turns and devious machinations, and I thoroughly enjoyed it throughout. I love a book that has twists and conclusions that I don’t predict, and this has that in spades. It had a good pace. There was little lull, and when there was, I didn’t feel like it was too much. It was a balance that worked for me. The beginning dropped us straight in the middle of the
S. Naomi Scott
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Liz (Quirky Cat)
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I received a copy of Ghosts of Gotham through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Ghosts of Gotham is a unique and peculiar read, written by Craig Schaefer. The novel follows an investigative reporter, but not the kind you’re used to. Lionel Page specializes in debunking the supernatural. Have a guy claiming to be a faith healer? Lionel will be there, and he’ll prove just how fake that guy is. Have a cult that needs to get outted? He’ll take care of it.
I went into Ghosts of Go
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was cool. Craig Schaefer is always a good address to turn to if you're looking for some solid urban fantasy without the usual clichés that sometimes plague the genre (cringeworthy sex scenes, extremely campy romance, female characters that are reduced to boobs and asses) and Ghosts of Gotham is no exception.
Fans of Schaefer's Daniel Faust and Harmony Black series will feel right at home with his writing style, although while not too far removed from his other books, Ghosts of Gotham takes s
Lou Jacobs
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reporter Lionel Page has spent his life debunking and exposing frauds, charlatans and wanna be supernatural beings. His editor has entrenched the idea of reporting the facts of the story ... and not being the story. Suddenly he's confronted with the possibility of exposure of his own buried past. Out of nowhere Regina Dunkle, an apparently wealthy and reclusive heiress contacts him with a deal he can't refuse. In exchange for assuring him that his past will remained buried forever, he is asked ...more
Dayanara Ryelle
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is usually the part where I expound (for the 455th time) on how Craig Schaefer is a mad, mad little genius; but I think NetGalley and 47North would like a little more than that.


I have to admit that I was a little afraid to read this book. The first one outside the Daniel/Harmony/Messa universe? EEK!

Yeah, I don't know what I was worried about. This is Craig Fucking Schaefer, after all.

As I sit here and struggle to find the words, I realize that Craig's books are a lot like a scrambler: sm
Alexia Cambaling
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to 47North and NetGalley!

Ghosts of Gotham is about Lionel Page, a journalist who makes a living out of exposing conmen and proving that there’s no such thing as miracles or magic. An expert skeptic, his life quickly takes a turn after a meeting with the mysterious Regina Dunkle who wants him to find a lost Edgar Allan Poe manuscript for her and verify its authenticity. In exchange, she offers to protect him and saf
Jill Elizabeth
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a long-time fan of the hidden world-within-the-world idea of magic/magical creatures coexisting with us "regular" humans; there are, after all, more things on heaven and earth and all that... In the hands of a strong and creative author, this type of story setting offers up a panoply of options for original and entertaining story telling that blends magic, mystery, and marvelous surprises on every page. Craig Schaefer is one of those authors.

I don't only love his books books for those reason
Darcia Helle
I came into this book already a fan of Craig Schaefer's writing, and this book did not disappoint. In fact, it might be my favorite of his so far.

I love that the story is rooted in reality, making the supernatural and fantasy aspects feel like they might well be happening around us. While we delve into magic and witches and ghosts, the content never feels far-fetched. So I now believe in secret magic societies. Go ahead and judge me!

The characters are all well developed, unique, and fascinating.
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Craig Schaefer's books have taken readers to the seamy edge of a criminal underworld drenched in shadow (the Daniel Faust series), to a world torn by war, poison and witchcraft (the Revanche Cycle), and across a modern America mired in occult mysteries and a conspiracy of lies (the Harmony Black series).

Despite this, people say he's strangely normal. Suspiciously normal, in fact. His home on the W
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