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The Daemoniac

(Gaslamp Gothic #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  526 ratings  ·  115 reviews
Sherlock Holmes meets The X-Files in this acclaimed paranormal mystery series from the author of the Fourth Element Trilogy

It's August 1888, just three weeks before Jack the Ripper will terrorize Whitechapel, and another murderer is stalking the streets of New York. His handiwork bears the hallmarks of a demonic possession—but amateur sleuth Harrison Fearing Pell is cert
Kindle Edition, 328 pages
Published October 12th 2016 by Acorn Publishing
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Phil Thompson This book is one of a series, but you can definitely read only this book. This isn't some fantasy epic with a 6+ book storyline that you'll need to…moreThis book is one of a series, but you can definitely read only this book. This isn't some fantasy epic with a 6+ book storyline that you'll need to read. I believe that the author was inspired by the Sherlock Holmes stories and that would be a good comparable for what to expect from this.(less)
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It's August of 1888 when a couple hoping to hire the infamous Myrtle Fearing Pell to discreetly look for their missing friend pay a visit to 40 West Tenth Street. Instead of Myrtle they are greeted by Harry Fearing Pell, younger sister to the infamous detective, and her good friend (DR. in training) John Weston.

Taking it upon herself to impersonate her famous sister, Harry and John take the case. What follows is a twisted and depraved tale of magic, murder and mayhem...


So ya, where to begin...I
Dannii Elle
I received this in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley. Thank you to the author, Kat Ross, and the publisher, Acorn Publishing, for this opportunity.

When approached by a couple in need of a private detective to help find their missing friend, Harry Fearing Pell takes it upon herself to impersonates her infamous sister, Myrtle Fearing Pell, as a leading female in the industry. The passageways into depravity this initial puzzle takes the characters on was unprecedented. Devil worshiping,
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Kat Ross has awaken my dormant interest for the mystery and crime genre!

Her new series debut, The Daemoniac (A Dominion Mystery 1), pulled me in, and I must say, I was spooked a few times! But to clarify, I avoid horror books like the plague and jump at my own shadow. Nevertheless, Kat Ross creates an atmospherically haunting story that centers around a grimoire (check out the gorgeous cover), and intricately unravels a tale of murder and
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:**The Daemoniac is the first book in the Dominion Mystery series by Kat Ross. Earlier this year I read The Midnight Sea by Kat and I really enjoyed it. It was more of a high fantasy action adventure. This book felt completely different and I really liked this one too. Kat Ross is a very talented author. I am very happy that both of the books I have read by her have been so diverse and so excellent in their own regard. ...more
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight
I have realized lately that I have become quite a fan of historical fiction. And while I don't gravitate toward mysteries in contemporary books, I sure do love one in a historical setting. Or, maybe the ones I have read (like this one!) have just been so well done that I now enjoy them? Either way, I found The Daemoniac to be absolutely fascinating and delightful!

Let's talk about what m
Erin Dunn

Thank you to NetGalley for providing a free ebook copy of The Daemoniac By: Kat Ross in exchange for an honest review.

Short Review Summary:
Meh, but I'm the odd man out on this one.

The Daemoniac started off interesting, but then it lost me about a quarter of the way in. At first I wasn't sure if I couldn't focus or if the book was boring. Since I then stopped and read two more books quickly, I figured out that it was the book. I got to thinking and I fina
Laura P.
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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*I received a free copy of the eBook by Xpresso in exchange for an honest review*

Ladies and gentlemen, I'm pleased to announce you that Kat Ross just delivered another great book!
Seriously, I don't know how she manages to craft wonderful book after wonderful book.
Somehow she has knack for creating not just great stories but also terrific characters that impossible not to love.

This time around we have a fantastic duo to lead the scene, Harry & John. Harry is kick-ass in the"terribly smart" se
Nina ✿ Looseleaf Reviews ✿
*I received an ARC of the book from Xpresso Reads in exchange for an honest review*

The Daemoniac is a charming-yet-eerie mystery perfect for young fans of Sherlock Holmes, Jekyll and Hyde, and other such dark mysteries.

The story follows teenager Harry Pell, the niece of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, whose older sister, Myrtle, is an investigator and the inspiration for their uncle's Sherlock Holmes. Having always lived in her sister's shadow, Harry jumps at the opportunity to take on a murder case of
Tony Parsons
May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Robert Aaron Straker (family friend, former Army, orphan) had mysteriously disappeared.
Leland Brady (Harding & White real estate agent, 90-94 Maiden Lane, former Army) & Elizabeth Brady (wife) wanted to hire Ms. Myrtle Fearing Pell (26, sister, amateur sleuth) to find him.
Robert lived in/at Five Points, Tenderloin, NY (Anthony, Cross, Orange St., Lower East Side).
Harrison Fearing Pell (brother, narrator) & John Weston (Harry’s BMF, Columbia’s College of Physicians & Surgeons) ha
Barb (Boxermommyreads)
Sep 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
What a wonderful discovery! Review will be posted closer to release date.
Avery (Book Deviant)
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I would like to thank the people at Acorn Publishing for allowing me to have an ARC of this book via NetGalley.

You know Sherlock Holmes, right? Most people have. The only way I can describe this book is "Sherlock Holmes + supernatural + badass ladies = THIS BOOK".

Supernatural twists to an old-time classic

I found all the little nods to Sherlock Holmes so charming, I found myself gasping at little things. Some of the characters were reminiscent of
Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well, Kat Ross has done it again! A switch of genres and she's won my undying love! I simply couldn't put this one down! I was supposed to read another of her books first (blog tour commitments) but the moment I started reading this one I was captivated & enthralled and I only stopped reading when I had to leave for work!

A wonderful mix of murder mystery with paranormal strikes and a very fresh retelling/reimagining of Sherlock & Watson!

I loved having a female reimagining of Sherlock, a
This concept of the book was so intruiging....

Just the titled of it made me want to read it...

I find some similarities to other books I loved which was a plus for me...

But it has some flaws too, I couldn't connect with the main character and that had as a result not to care so much for the even't that took place on the book.

Overall I enjoyed it and it left me with a happy feeling but not a memorable one.
Alexis  (TheSlothReader)
RTC because it's 5:25 in the morning and I'm on my phone

I received an ARC of this book via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
actual rating: 2.5

I feel like my shelf is just full of 2.5 star books that I rounded up because they weren't *bad* ...but they were fairly boring. Unfortunately this is another one where I pretty much lost interest about halfway through.

The setup is good - we've got a teenage girl whose sister was the in-universe inspiration for the Sherlock Holmes books who wants a chance to prove herself as well, her doctor-in-training Watson stand-in, and a future adversary / current frenemy in James Moran -
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok, this book has so many nods & sometimes not so subtle winks to many items it's going to be hard to explain it, so just read the book😉. The main character Harry is the niece of sir Arthur conan doyle. Her best friend & fellow sleuth is a John Weston. This series takes place in NYC near the dawning of the 1900's. It brings a time of mysticism, spiritualism, skeptics, charlatans, & inherent prejudice. Harry's sister Myrtle is a Pinkerton detective. She takes a case in her sister's st ...more
Alysa H.
Sep 07, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A thoroughly well-researched historical fiction murder mystery with surprisingly light supernatural elements, given the title, cover, and description.

Miss Harrison "Harry" Fearing Pell, the younger sister of Myrtle Fearing Pell -- a renowned detective of Sherlockian bent who looms more largely here in her absence than in her brief presence -- wants to prove herself by taking on a missing-person case. A case that turns out to be connected to a rather gruesome string of murders. Harry traipses al
Alyssa Janine Busia
PERFECT! This novel is one of my best books of this year!

I’m lost for words that I can use to describe how good this book is. I’m very amazed by the author’s way of writing a very fantastic story that will really make me love it. I might not like a mystery that much but this one really hooked me to the point that I’m getting eager to lay my hands on the next installment of the series.

The mystery that surrounds the place and how the author connected it to the infamous Jack the Ripper of London ar
I simply adored this book! Set in NYC in 1888 the main character is an intrepid girl 'consulting detective' name Harry. Harry is the younger sister of a famous young female consulting detective the Famous Myrtle Fearing Pell. Luckily for Harry and us Myrtle is out of town when the newest clients appear. So Harry and her unofficial partner John Weston accept a missing persons case. A missing person and Murder..... The person went missing following an occult ritual...

Harry is a rich deb so she ha
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Jennifer Y.
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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*I received a digital ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

When I first saw the cover for this book, I have to admit that I wasn’t sure what to expect. To be honest it certainly wasn’t the wonderful historical mystery filled with tension and suspense that The Daemoniac turned out to be.

I am a big fan of mysteries and I am an even bigger fan of historical fiction. I have long been fascinated by the past and the people who came before us. And when an author can combine fact with fic
Katherine Paschal
Harry is tired of living in her famous older sister Myrtle’s shadow, so when a potential client knocks on the door, Harry can’t resist pretending to be Myrtle. Harry is hired to look into a missing person, her first case ever and she attacks it full force. But when bodies start accruing and paranormal elements arise, the very fact-based/ scientific-minded Harry is not sure what to believe. Can she solve her first case before Myrtle comes home and before more bodies are found?

This was a really

Let’s face it. I was interested in this book from the title and cover. Perfect for Horror October, I thought. And then I read the synopsis and I was completely intrigued! What an amazing idea!? I’m still a bit jealous that I didn’t think of it.

Our protagonist is Harry, who is niece to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and younger sister to Myrtle, a highly regarded private detective. Harry, feeling constantly overshadowed by her ‘brilliant’ sister decides to impersonate her whe
Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mystery. Supernatural. Historical fiction. YOU RANG????

YOU GUYS. This book. Oh, this book. What a glorious and perfect addition to your October TBR. If you're into mood reading with Halloween in mind, this is for you.

Meet Harry, our skeptical teen gumshoe who isn't going to let being a woman in the 1800s stop her from doing what she so loves. In true Veronica Mars fashion, she's using her family name as leverage to get the info she needs. She's on the hunt for a serial killer with call signs tha
Harry's sister, Myrtle, is a renowned female detective and has solved a lot of crime, and Harry longs to be like her. She get's her chance when a couple approach her thinking her to be Myrtle, and ask her to help find their missing friend. Harry doesn't correct the couple and thinks this is her chance to show people she can do exactly what Myrtle does. What follows is an adventure into the deepest darkest secrets that New York has to offer!

I loved this authors first book and immediately on seein
Lauren - SERIESous Books
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**I received a copy of this book from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and not influenced by my source.**

I'm a sucker for a good mystery story--especially if it has anything to do remotely with Sherlock Holmes. And this story does not disappoint!

If you've ever read a Sherlock Holmes' story, you'll be right at home with this book. All the copious detail that is a staple of a Con
AK Mama Reads
Oct 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was quite a departure from the other books I've read by Kat Ross thus far (The Midnight Sea and recently released The Blood Prophet) but I really enjoy when an author can switch up their genres and still make me fall for the book.  And fall I did.  The synopsis and cover had me all kinds of interested, but in no way prepared for what truly lay in store.  Honestly I almost expected this to be a horror story, but what we have is a truly gorgeous gothic mystery and a bit of a psychological thr ...more
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didnt know what to expect when I started this book. The supernatural mystery is the center of the story. The complex plot and characters keep you stuck on the book. There are no lulls and there are many twists and turns.
Harry is a surprising character. She is dauntless, smart, and wants to stop leaving in the shadow of her sister Myrtle, who is a famous detective.
“I was turning to leave when I heard a noise. It had a wet, squealing quality that made my skin crawl. With very little effort, my m
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
Very well written, full of suspense (although I suspected the correct person from about half of the book), witty with great characters. I like Harry and John and their interactions!
It is a very interesting perspective for telling the Jeckyll and Hyde story.
I'm very much looking forward to reading the second book!
Oct 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let me start off by saying I usually do not enjoy any book, by any author, that is set in the past. The way this was written however, I could totally forget at times that it wasn’t set in present day. In fact, the only things that really emphasized the time period were direct dates and the historical facts that were included. Some of the historical facts gave it credibility and were just entertaining. Others were over explained or completely irrelevant, although extremely interesting. There were ...more
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