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A Sanctuary of Spirits

(Spectral City #2)

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3.94  ·  Rating details ·  36 ratings  ·  29 reviews
New York, 1899, and the police department’s best ally is the secret Ghost Precinct, where spirits and psychics help solve the city’s most perplexing crimes . . .

There’s more than one way to catch a killer—though the methods employed by the NYPD’s Ghost Precinct, an all-female team of psychics and spiritualists led by gifted young medium Eve Whitby, are unconvention
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Paperback, 368 pages
Published November 12th 2019 by Kensington Publishing Corp.
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Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
How I read this: Free ebook copy received through NetGalley

This is a series you definitely want to read - if you want to find out more about why, please read my double review of book 1 and book 2 here. And if we're talking only about this book, I certainly enjoyed it. Out of the two, perhaps my favorite would be the first book, but I certainly like where the story is going, and I am really putting high hopes into this series and can’t wait till the last one comes out.

A Sanctuary of Spirits follows the first book quite
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Marta Cox
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three and a half
This was an interesting, well written second part of what I'm guessing is a trilogy. Certainly this book reads as a follow up although sadly I have not read the previous story. It catches up with a medium called Eve who is part of a Unit working for the Police but as this is a period piece you can imagine the constraints levelled at the women. As this book begins Eve is desperate to find her ghostly best friend who has gone missing. Still struggling with the aftermath of re
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Beth Cato
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, ebook, netgalley, gothic
I received an advance copy of this book via NetGalley.

Leanna Renee Hieber is my go-to for beautiful, contemporary takes on gothic fiction. I jumped into this book without having read the 1st, and I immediately grasped the world and the characters. The concept is fantastic: in 1890s New York, gifted medium Eve Whitby leads NYPD's first Ghost Precinct. With the help of other skilled women with various psychic and spiritualist abilities--and a cadre of the dead--Eve hunts down clues beh
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Judy Lesley
This is the second book in the paranormal fantasy series Spectral City. I have not read the first book in the series and will not be doing so. The main character is Evelyn Whitby (Eve), supervisor of The Ghost Precinct of New York City in 1899. Eve is a medium who sees and talks to ghosts and, with her staff and one male detective from the police force, handles crimes of a supernatural nature. Eve and her friend Maggie, who is now a ghost, are trying to solve the mystery of why so many ghost chi ...more
Tiffany
I really struggled with this book. While on its face it has everything I'd love: supernatural, historical, female led. It just didn't hit the mark for me. Normally, I read these types of books in one sitting but I found myself putting this down after every few pages.


We follow our protagonist Eve and her Ghost Precint of living and not so living detectives and investigators in 1899 NYC. It is very slowly paced, if you like a slow burn then this is definitely for you.

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gwendalyn _books_
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was received from the Author, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own

This thrilling, gaslight magical realism drama has great sensory appeal and is jam-packed with action, amusement and turns of events that keep your attention from the beginning.

The NYPD’s Ghost Precinct, an all-female team of psychics and spiritualists, take on the cases that no one else seems to touch. They speak for the women and children of
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Sue Plant
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
would like to thank netgalley and the publisher for letting me read this ghostly book before halloo ween...

this has all the elements, pychics, mediums,ghosts, madmen, seances...just enough to give you a taste of what this series is about....

a chilling tale with our band of pychics and mediums being inundated with visits from ghosts that have been violated, though they scream and shout they are also unable to make themselves understood to the mediums

and who is
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Ola Adamska
This is a second book in the Spectral City series. I didn't know that when requested that. I thought if I liked this one I will buy book one, but that won't happen as this story was completely out of control in my mind.
It was too slow, too long took getting into ANYTHING at all... like you have 400/500 pages, and... half of it is somehow out of the plot and reminding of some things that were not important or intriguing... so it had lost me there. There is also something about the way that
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Lauren Stoolfire
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Review to come...
Tammy Goodwin
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a huge fan on Leanna's Strangely Beautiful series and couldn't wait to read her new novel. I was not disappointed. What I love most about Leanne's writing is her sense of place. Read her novels makes we feel like I am there, right along with her characters. Very little imagination is needed on my part to "see" the locations. Her heroines are an amazing combination of strong an vulnerable. Fearless but cautious. If Anita Shreve were to start writing Gothic novels she would meet her match wit ...more
Coralee Hicks
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Continuing to explore the Gaslight world developed in the Spectral City, Hieber plunges the reader deeper into the perilous world of spirit communication. In this universe, those who have passed over can linger, communicate, and interact with living humans. These interactions are facilitated by skilled psychic mediums such as Eve Whitby, the leader of The Ghost Project. As in book one, The Ghost Project has been asked to aid
the police resolving a very troubling case.

However, other things are m
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Jenna R
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**I was provided with an electronic ARC by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for honest review.**

Actual rating: 3.5

Leanna Renee Hieber continues her Spectral City series with book two, A Sanctuary of Spirits. The series follows Miss Evelyn "Eve" Whitby, medium and head of the secret Ghost Precinct instated by Governor Theodore Roosevelt, and Jewish police detective Jacob Horowitz. The two and their respective teams attempt to solve cases utilizing the additional
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Janine
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a bone-chilling epilogue. I can still feel the cold showers running down my back. Or is it a ghost walking through me?
It has been quite a while since I read the first book, The Spectral City, of the series. So I had a pretty tough time getting into the story again, getting used to the end of 19th century style of writing - the flowery indirectness - plus refamiliarizing myself with all the characters, alive and dead. It took me about a third of the book to feel like I was part of the
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Rachel | Barely Bookish
Disclaimer: I got this book as an ARC from NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

This book is truly a lot darker than the first, especially towards the end. I felt that the first sort of hinted at the darkness, it wasn’t as outwardly twisted. I’m not at all opposed to that, but I felt almost as if this book ramped up the series and it will be interesting to see what happens in the next book. Will it continue on this dark and twisted path? It seems likely.

I also know that the
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Natalie
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I requested this book, I didn't realize that it was the second in a series. I started A Sanctuary of Spirits as the first book I read in the series. It wasn't a bad thing to start in the second book, but it was obvious a continuous story from the first book. In my opinion it wasn't a terrible thing, I got the hang of characters/plot relatively quickly.

This was a nice, simple read. I enjoyed the characters/plot and felt a draw to continue to read it from day to day. I also very much enjoyed
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HilZie
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, 2019, fanstasy
I'm a huge fan of Leah's Strangely Beautiful series. I've read it a couple times. She's my go-to author when I'm on the mood to drown in a world of mysticism, gaslight era, and Gothic fiction (with an almost breeze of romance,). She creates these words that converge with the spiritual plane and the gaslight era and it works so well.
Though I haven't read the first book (there is enough backstory to get the gist), this story seems to pick up right where the last left off. The world of the spirit
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Becky Baldridge
A Sanctuary of Spirits sounded like something right up my alley. I love anything to do with the supernatural, and a strong female lead is an added bonus. However, this one moves too slowly for my tastes, and it's the second in a series. I didn't realize that, so that's on me, but I figured it out pretty quickly from the lengthy explanations of events that I'm assuming happened in that first book. For me, those explanations are new, but had I read that first book, I would've been irritated with t ...more
Natalie
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
When I requested this book, I didn't realize that it was the second in a series. I started A Sanctuary of Spirits as the first book I read in the series. It wasn't a bad thing to start in the second book, but it was obvious a continuous story from the first book. In my opinion it wasn't a terrible thing, I got the hang of characters/plot relatively quickly.

This was a nice, simple read. I enjoyed the characters/plot and felt a draw to continue to read it from day to day. I also very much enjoyed
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Anubha Ghoshal
The book blends fantasy and supernatural element in a beautiful concoction and then a pinch of mystery is added to it. The book revolves around Eva who is a medium pretinct and can communicate between ghosts and humans, you know, like send the message across. While looking for Ingrid, she reconnects with her old ghost friend Maggie on the edge of death and finds out about this ghost sanctuary where ghosts are connecting. Eva and the detective try to connect dots here with the help of ghosts. ...more
Anubha Ghoshal
The book blends fantasy and supernatural element in a beautiful concoction and then a pinch of mystery is added to it. The book revolves around Eva who is a medium pretinct and can communicate between ghosts and humans, you know, like send the message across. While looking for Ingrid, she reconnects with her old ghost friend Maggie on the edge of death and finds out about this ghost sanctuary where ghosts are connecting. Eva and the detective try to connect dots here with the help of ghosts. ...more
Anna Szabó
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another wonderfully written book from Leanna Renne Hieber.

A Sanctuary of Spirits picks up where the first book ended. Eve Whitby still heads the Ghost Precint, works with her mediums, Cora, Antonia and Jenny. They are investigating a mortician’s disappearance and while doing so Eve discovers the Ghost Sanctuary. That place and the ghost within offer her answers and clues that help her and her team. Eve also meets a mesmerist unlike any she’s ever met.

I love this story, every charact
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Lindsey
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didn't see that you his was the second in the series and as soon as I finish this review, I'm definitely reading the first book!

Eve is a medium who heads up NYPD's Ghost Precinct close to the turn of the century with the help of her fellow precinct members who are also women, the ghost Maggie, and the wonder Detective Jacob Horowitz.

I had previously read Leanna's Strangely Beautiful series so I was hopeful I was going to like this as well and I absolutely loved it! Eve
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Nicole
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this entry into the series. I love the combination of mystery and the paranormal, and the women who investigate the incidents. The NYPD’s Ghost Precinct, an all-female team of psychics and spiritualists, take on the cases that no one else seems to touch. They speak for the women and children of the city who the police force ignores. The introduction of the Ghost Sanctuary was interesting. The gruesome end result of the murder case was terrifying but made sense.

I enjoy reading
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Anna Szabó
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another wonderfully written book from Leanna Renne Hieber.

A Sanctuary of Spirits picks up where the first book ended. Eve Whitby still heads the Ghost Precint, works with her mediums, Cora, Antonia and Jenny. They are investigating a mortician’s disappearance and while doing so Eve discovers the Ghost Sanctuary. That place and the ghost within offer her answers and clues that help her and her team. Eve also meets a mesmerist unlike any she’s ever met.

I love this story, every charact
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TheDigressiveApproach
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing an e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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I really enjoyed this. Although I was not aware that this was the second book in a series, I will definitely be going back to read the first book and continuing the series. The characterization was great and the plot unfolded at a decent pace.

Overall rating: 4/5 stars
Sandra Berryman
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The premise of this book was promising and at first it took some time to get into it. But as it progressed, I was quickly caught up with the story and the characters. A unique book with blending of paranormal and mystery and a hint of romance, I am looking forward to reading more from this author. I received an e-book from NetGalley in return for an unbiased review.
Jillian Grey
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book as I hadn’t heard of the author before, I was really pleasantly surprised. The story was very original and. I loved all of the characters ,even the evil ones 😄.
I will be searching out more of her work.
Annarella
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an entertaining and engrossing book even if it took a bit to be hooked.
I loved the feisty and well thought characters, the historical background and the plot.
It was a good read, recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Elizabeth Chatsworth
rated it it was amazing
Nov 10, 2019
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