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Craven Street

(Whitechapel Paranormal Society #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  36 ratings  ·  26 reviews
In this spellbinding novella, E.J. Stevens weaves a tale of murder, necromancy, and demonic possession that brings together characters from her Whitechapel Paranormal Society Victorian horror series and award-winning Ivy Granger Psychic Detective urban fantasy series on the fog-shrouded cobblestones of Craven Street.

The discovery of bricked up skeletal remains at 36 Craven
Published June 25th 2019 by Sacred Oaks Press
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Meenaz Lodhi
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cora, a sergeant working for the Special Paranormal Research Branch, -a secret group within the British police force, created to monitor and gauge paranormal threats-, together with her women constables team investigates a surge of horrendous activities. A Victorian era based paranormal story, full of horror and demonic possessions, with its typical chauvinism encounters, sexism, the London underworld of misshapen and depravity. A great world and social insight and background life of the world i ...more
Diana in SC
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very interesting and dark

This is the first novella in the new “Whitechapel Paranormal Society” fantasy series. It is set in the same world as EJ Stevens' “Ivy Granger” and “Hunters' Guild” series, except that it takes place over a century before, in Victorian-era London. The world is similar to the actual Victorian London, except that supernatural activity (i.e., demon possession, ghosts, and necromancy) exist and the government is aware of it. A branch of the police secretly handles supernatur
Excellent, scary, and well worth reading! The publisher's blurb gives some idea of what to expect, but not how engaging the characters or plot. Just read it already!
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-read
Enticing introduction to an intriguing new series…

This novella will capture your attention and tease your imagination from the first page to the very last sentence. The main protagonist, Cora Drummond, is a member of the S.P.R.B. (Special Paranormal Research Branch) in the Whitechapel area of Victorian London. She and a few other female members work together using their various psychic gifts to root out evil in the name of queen and country. There are male members of the S.P.R.B. but they do not
Kay Smillie
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 rounded up to 4 stars.

This is a Victorian Gothic horror novella to introduce the women of the 'Whitechapel Paranormal Society' (actually the 'Special Paranormal Research Branch' within the police force), and snapshots of the demon Forneus prior to his appearances in the author's 'Ivy Granger, Psychic Detective' series.

I found the treatment of the ladies by their male counterparts in the SPRB deplorable, but unsurprising, there are men today who still act the same way. People always make fun
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The long blurb to this novella describes this book superbly. I loved the snarkiness. I cringed at the gruesomeness. Felt badly that the women trying to solve the crime were subjected to inappropriate treatment by the men in the precinct. And working with a demon to help solve the crime??? This is a very different sort of crime-solving tale that I felt very easy reading. I have never read a book by this author before, but this little taste of her style has me wanting to read more of her books, mo ...more
Jessica Woods
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Craven Street is a dark historical/paranormal mystery. Cora leads an all female team of investigators in the Whitechapel Paranormal Society. Even though they cannot gain the respect of their peers, these women get the job done. Told in altering viewpoints between Cora and the demon, Forneus, a dark tale unfolds of mutated bodies mass demon possessions that leave you hanging for the next book. Gripping and fast paced, the novella flows smoothly and passes way too quickly. My voluntary, unbiased r ...more
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Overall rating: 4

Set in the seedy districts such as white chapel, this all female paranormal society take on the worst of the worst, all while still being ridiculed and challenged by their male counterparts. The author sets a reader smack dab down on these putrid, opium laced streets while still maintaining the mindset of the streets during that era. These characters are strong willed and determined as well as dangerous. I found it very easy to get caught up in the mystery and impending danger.
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really liked the story. The theme was interesting and it caught my eyes. Fr a book one and a novella, it gave just enough background as I read the story to figure out the backstory to really enjoy it. I liked Cora and her groups of co-workers as they got their job done. I chose to review as I really liked the story and plan to read more to see what happens next and where the story and characters end up.
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another brilliant story from E J Stevens! Great! I really enjoyed this new set of characters, new timeline, new ideas! Would recommend to anyone that loves magic & fantasy. Well written & in the same theme as Ivy Granger! I Liked it!
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
A good plot, and interesting characters set in Victorian England give these paranormal investigator and interesting twist…and it’s not the only twist in the story.
Sheila Gabler
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Loved the characters in this book - the women are strong, dedicated and unsung heroes of their time. I want to know where their story leads them and what happens next! Well crafted and believably realistic. Looking forward to the continuation of the series.
Candy Robosky
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Allies in strange places and frenemies in even stranger places. So sad that women have to work ten times harder to he even half the respect of men in the same profession. I liked this book.
Given a ARC and am leaving my honest review voluntarily.
David Wright
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 out of 5

Mixed thoughts on this one. Currently re-reading this in case I misinterpreted part of the story but it just feels slightly 'off'.
Silver Surfer
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So, book one of the new series and if I’m honest, is as good if not better than the Ivy Granger series. I cannot get enough of this authors books. She writes such good gothic ones. Roll on book two. Highly recommended.
Jun 26, 2019 rated it liked it
This was first published on my blog " Lecture toute une Aventure "

I loved the Ivy Granger series so i was curious about this series but it's sure really different. This book ( and series?) is really more horror than Ivy Granger's one, it's really dark both in the events happening but also in the character's mentality.

The Whitechapel Paranormal Society is a group of women with special abilities who are part of the force but in secret focus on the supernatural elements. They have their male cou
Erika S.
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
(I recieved this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review)

Craven Street is a dark, gas lamp novella that follows two main characters, Cora and Forneus, as their paths intertwine in the paranormal underbelly of the Whitechapel section of London. This leads them to team up and take down a common enemy. Cora, the leader of a small group of uniquely talented. female paranormal investigators, paves the way for strong leading ladies and challenges gender roles in a time well known for its
Iona Caldwell
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Craven Street tells a truly unique twist on a British occult mystery. It tells the story from the point of view of Cora, a young woman working as a paranormal investigator and the mysterious Jonathan, a demon Marquis. Mutilated bodies of women begin turning up, each marked with arcane symbols used in a demonic summoning.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The language was spot on for the setting and the tension of all kinds permeated the pages. The story is told in a typical Sherlock Holmes style my
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
E J Stevens’ novella, Craven Street whets the appetite, encouraging the reader to look deeper into the historical horror/mystery series of which it is part.  The story itself isn’t very detailed. It’s designed to tease the reader, introducing characters and story elements much like a movie trailer. Essentially unconventional, gifted women at the turn of the century fight demons in Whitechapel, as well as the ire and sabotage of their male counterparts.  They uncover a conspiracy, a vast effort t ...more
"Like pieces of a macabre puzzle."
Sorry, not for me.
I do enjoy a little paranormal sometimes with my, especially, historical detectives but I began to seriously search for a bit of normal to accompany the para. Add into the equation the misogynistic divide between the male and female British Police force members of the secret Special Paranormal Research Branch, I actually began to pity Forneus, Grand Master of Hell, having to deal with these people.
The story is well written, however, and very
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
I loved the storyline. The book started off slow. I wasn't intrigued by the murder it just seemed A little familiar storyline of (Jack the ripper)The only difference was the sirgils and the 5 women of SPRB and the paranormal aspect of the story I was halfway through the book waiting for some excitement, I loved the aspect of the book but it fell flat for me.I 've read this author before and love it.But not this one
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
An engrossing and entertaining novella, well written and with an interesting plot.
I look forward to reading other works by this author.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Tonya Owens
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Twisted, Engaging, Wicked,Dark and wreak havoc upon The streets of Thrawl Street. The Most disgusting demons,ghouls and angry spirits lurking around Craven Streets. I received advanced copy of this book exchanged for an honest review.
Heather Bennett
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Craven Street is a unique story with interesting characters. I enjoyed reading this book and hope to read more by this author.
Lyn Mckenzie
Jul 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-s
Honestly I really struggled reading this book but I can't quite pinpoint why. I gave this book 3* as I love this author's writing style
Jul 16, 2019 rated it liked it
I did like the story line and the characters. It just fell a little short on the fight with the big bad. I know it is a novella but it left me feeling a little lost.
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E.J. Stevens is the bestselling, award-winning author of the IVY GRANGER, PSYCHIC DETECTIVE urban fantasy series, the SPIRIT GUIDE young adult series, the HUNTERS' GUILD urban fantasy series, and the WHITECHAPEL PARANORMAL SOCIETY Victorian Gothic horror series. She is known for filling pages with quirky characters, bloodsucking vampires, psychotic faeries, and snarky, kick-butt heroines. Her nove ...more