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Summary

Daniel Carter used to be a homicide detective, but his last case - the hunt for a serial killer - went wrong in strange ways and soured the job for him. Now he's a private investigator trying to live a quiet life. Strangeness, however, has not finished with him.

First, he inherits a bookstore in Providence from someone he's never heard of, along with an indignant bookseller who doesn't want a new boss. She's Emily Lovecraft, the last known descendant of H. P. Lovecraft, the writer from Providence who told tales of the Great Old Ones and the Elder Gods, creatures and entities beyond the understanding of man. Then people start dying in impossible ways, and while Carter doesn't want to be involved, he's beginning to suspect that someone else wants him to be. As Carter reluctantly investigates, he discovers that H. P. Lovecraft's tales were more than just fiction, and he must accept another unexpected and far more unwanted inheritance.

©2015 Jonathan L. Howard (P)2015 Macmillan Audio

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" Carter & Lovecraft is a Pandora's box loaded with all the wonderfully twisted stuff I love, including a two-fisted homicide cop turned PI, warped realities, a mysterious bookstore, the Cthulhu mythos, a dash of romance, and creepy fish-men. What's not to love? Jonathan L. Howard knows how to show his readers a wickedly good time." (Christopher Golden, New York Times best-selling author of Dead Ringers)

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all things you would expect from a Lovecraftian

this is not a tale for those looking to hear more about lovecrafts creations. instead it is a story that holds up on all its own. For those who haven't got around to understanding or researching the mythos, this book will be all the more brain raching chilling. leaving you feeling small, lost and insignificant in the grander scheme. I think not knowimg allows this story to be even more impressive.

for die hard Lovecraftians there are homeges to lovecrafts work, but mpst importantly this novel doesnt depend upon them. And for me, reinstills why I love the mythos so much.

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Enjoyable...hardboiled

This is the first HPL themed book I've read besides the Titus Crow series, and I really enjoyed it. The background, plot connections and plot itself are all worked out well and the main character works brilliantly. I have to say I didn't really warm to his female lead. Found her a bit cold. But besides this niggling little point, the books a must.
There is another in the series, but I read the blurb on it and it didn't attract me, so I think I will leave it there.

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Accomplishes all its goals. A solid outing for Lovecraft fans.

It's not easy to write well in the Lovecraft genre, but this book manages to cover all the bases. A detective story that soon dissolves into a classic lovecraftian mind bender.

The reading is well accomplished and works well with the feel of the book.

Recommended to people who dream of a book that links monsters, maths and retired detectives everywhere!

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Did we do the right thing?

Part hard - boiled detective novel, part creepy horror, and entirely enjoyable. The reader nailed characterisation, the plot was pacey, and I am hoping for a sequel.

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A must for HPL fans!

Really enjoyed this as a longtime Lovecraft fan I devour anything linked to him or the mythos.

C&L is a lot of fun. It rarely strays from the structure of a classic Lovecraft story. In fact I would put money on the idea having a basis in the ‘Call of Cthulhu’ roleplaying game.

Dan Carter is a likeable protagonist who despite bemoaning the ‘gumshoe cliche’ has many of the hallmarks of just such a character.

Given HPL’s much written about racism the decision to make his last living descendent African American was a bit gratuitous. While I get the authors intent it seems a bit obvious. That said, Emily Lovecraft is a smart sassy character who’s willingness to accept the haemorrhaging inducing truth about the universe rivals Carters own.

My only minor criticism is the secondary arc involving Emily’s boyfriend seems (at time of listening) a little superfluous to the story. Other than that this story is fab with a killer twist that has opened up our heroes to much more exposure to HPL’s terrifying world.

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interesting build of an idea

loved this story. characters are developing. based in the real world with a 'twist ' of something darker.

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Almost as good as johannes

Great characters and a brilliant introduction to an alternative universe, can’t wait to hear mor

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Meta-Lovecraft at it's best!

The book starts a bit slowly, but give some time, the end is Well worth it!

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Started well but...

Beautifully read story that started as a detective thriller with a supernatural twist. But characters never developed and plot got lost, the ending a mess.

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A sequel is needed

This book was awesome I I really like the cojsept of the twist and how it can be used to mess with reality and that bit with the Deep One Awesome simply brilliant

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  • Frae
  • 06-03-17

A mistakes that worked out in my favor.

This book was not at all what I thought it was when I purchased it. What it is is a story of a hardboiled detective who inherits a bookstore, as a story hook. It starts a little slow, but once the chemistry of the characters starts, the story moves a bit better.

The lead characters are forced to hunt a serial killer, who is sort of uninspiring, but he is what propels the story forward. Just because he is uninteresting doesn't mean that I did not appreciated the story; some people are just uninteresting, and I find it believable that some characters can be that way, too.

My biggest complaint about this book is the narrator. Though his male voices are superb, and very much suit the genre, his female voices sound like husky drag queens. It was very distracting.

All and all I would recommend this book to hard boiled fans who have an interest in Cthulhu mythos, but not so much Lovecraft fans or purists.

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  • Map Diggy
  • 03-06-17

Interesting ride

I'm not an HP Lovecraft reader, but from my outside understanding this book pays homage to the writings & genre. I enjoyed this enough to look forward to anything JL Howard may write about the Lovecraft universe in the future.

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  • Billage
  • 13-01-18

Howard, Hardboiled

A bit Sam Spade-y for my tastes at first, but a story whose ability to evoke genuine feelings of discomfiture and actually give that creepy feeling that sits at the end of ones nerves. Let me riveted right through to the end. I got over the gum shoe stuff and it fit and grew comfortable. A fun read for a misty dank January day.

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  • Anthony
  • 08-06-16

If you love HPL this is a great escape!

Where does Carter & Lovecraft rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the better adaptations of HPL. I enjoyed it, and will look for more of J.L. Howard's work.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lovecraft the sharp, tough, and wry bookseller.

What does Ari Fliakos bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Great voices and timing that moved the story along.

If you could rename Carter & Lovecraft, what would you call it?

The Perceptual Twist: A Lovecraftian Mystery

Any additional comments?

I would not have bought this book on chance to read it, but as a lark downloaded it. Thanks!!!

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  • Dan T. Badger
  • 18-02-17

Great for Lovecraft fans.

Takes the mythos seriously but with some good natured ribbing as well. Honest in its setups and payoffs. Great performance too.

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  • Michael Fromm
  • 04-02-18

A big setup for the next book.

It was a novel length prologue. A good setup, but a setup nonetheless. The trend is to write a series of novels to tell a story, but each should hold their own. Still, I am intrigued to read on and see where the story and characters go.

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  • Mary
  • 04-03-18

Much better than I expected!

First of all, I agree that this isn't for Lovecraft purists but it's smart, well written with excellent dialogue and just the right level of creepiness... I might even say; other-worldliness. Anyways, the narrator is top notch. I believe that his struggles with Emily's voice is more to do with the writer describing her delivery and the narrator attempting to portray it. You get used to it, but it does indeed sound like a TV drag queen for the first few lines. The two things that knocked some stars off for me where the lack of development of the evil-doer and the bizarre plot change where Emily goes from vehemently and repeatedly telling Carter he should walk away, him just as vehemently telling her why he can't, to the exact opposite. Almost like the author forgot where he was and the editor was like "who will notice?"
All that being said, I truly did enjoy this book. I listen to audiobooks on my 40 min work commute and found myself sitting in the garage, waiting until a scene was finished, when I would get back home. Needless to say, I have downloaded the sequel.

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  • HarmonicaJay
  • 30-12-16

We need more.

One of the core tenants of Lovecraftian stories is insanity. Not just outer gods and monsters, but that the world may not be what our characters think it is and that knowledge frightens our lead. In the case of Daniel Carter, when he inherits a business from a man he never met and meets the black female descendant of HP Lovecraft, an author he never gave much thought to, he finds that the world is not what he thinks. If you are hoping there are monsters and Cthulu peppered throughout this, you will be disappointed. But if you want a mystery that leaves our lead characters frightened and aware of a greater threat beyond this world, you should definitely look this book up. From the beginning I could not stop listening. Jonathan L Howard clearly understands HP's books and while he heavily relies on exposition here and there with a few history lessons, he presents it in a very engrossing manner. The only complaint I have is that the ending feels abrupt, but it's clear that there is more to be had with Carter and Lovecraft. I liked this book and Ari Fliakos' narration was great. Buy this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-02-16

21st century Lovecraftian tale.

altogether good story. Not a huge fan of the ending as it seemed a little rushed. I would definitely recommend it to someone familiar to Lovecraft's work but someone who is not may have a little trouble getting hooked.

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  • Mark
  • 20-08-16

Fun and Frivolous

Fun reading. Actually hope it turns into a series. The narration was great. Not too sure why all the negativity from some readers.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful