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Craven Street

Whitechapel Paranormal Society, Book 1
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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 Street point to something more diabolical than an illegal anatomy school. The tool marks on the bones - arcane sigils of great power - indicate more than mere butchery, more than enlightened experimentation. The signs, omens, and portents support the crown's greatest fears. A great evil is being unleashed upon the gaslit streets of London, a blood-drenched shadow reaching skeletal fingers beyond the slums of Whitechapel.

Collecting human souls is a thankless job, nearly as tedious as acting as solicitor to the fae. But when the demon Forneus enters an opium den searching for men eager to trade their souls for the ill-smelling weed, he stumbles on a plot so devious and so heinous, he's jealous that he hadn't thought of it himself.

"We must stamp out this demonic plague for the sake of our queen, our country, and our immortal souls." (Cora Drummond, Whitechapel Paranormal Society)

"There's nothing like a maniacal plot to unleash hell on earth to break the boredom of immortality." (Forneus, Grand Marquis of Hell)

From the Independent Audiobook Award-winning writer, narrator, directors, and producers of Frostbite.

©2019 E.J. Stevens (P)2019 E.J. Stevens

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Craven Street

I enjoyed the set up of the story for the series, but I felt like the story was rushed and short cuts taken that readers/listeners would have enjoyed and made the story much better. I however do look forward to more from the series. The narration was nice.

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Entertaining story but I. Have a few reservations

I really enjoyed the world that the book is set in and the premise of the story, but I found a couple of things that irked me. One is the shoe Horning in of a "woke" character. How does someone in a novel set in victoriana England get to be classed as a they? It is a ridiculous premise that doesn't belong to the story at all. My other niggle is with the accents. They are very up and down and made it difficult to concentrate some times. By the way, Wapping is pronounced as in swapping and Thames is pronounced as "tems" not "tims". I know this sounds like I don't like the book but I really did enjoy it and will be looking for others in the series. I hope that the comments will be taken as constructive feedback rather than negative.

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Lets take down Jack the Ripper!

Another great story from EJ Stevens! Cora and Flan are a great duo. I love how they compliment each other even as they stand at opposites in so many ways. Cora is prim and proper, driven to be more than a house cleaner and baby incubator. Flan is rough and tumble, a bit of a knife expert, and doesn’t mind ignoring societal norms for women. They’re both part of a special paranormal branch that fights demons and such, set in Victorian London. It’s the time of Jack and the Ripper, so go into this book expecting a few disturbing scenes. To my great delight, Forneus puts in an appearance. He’s just as devilishly appealing as always. I loved his attitude towards the ‘Golden Retrievers of the demon world’. So adorable! Forneus is a bundle of danger, deceit, humor, and a soft, gooey core for a few chosen things and people. All together, it was a worthy addition to Stevens’s interconnected series. I really look forward to seeing what she does next with these characters. 5/5 stars. The Narration: Melanie A. Mason and Anthony Bowling narrated this story. Mason had the bulk of the work as most of the story is told through Cora’s point of view. I loved her various British accents. She nailed Cora perfectly. Bowling really brings Forneus to life, giving that entertaining character an extra dimension. On the technical side, things were pretty good. It was obvious but not annoying that the two narrators weren’t in the same sound booth during recording. The volume stayed the same throughout yet there was usually a slight pause when the narration switched between the two narrators. So perhaps just a touch of polishing needed there to make it seamless. 4.75/5 stars.

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Interesting new series

Well written but a bit too short to get into properly especially for audio. Intriguing plots and not enough time with the characters leaves it a bit anticlimactic by the end. Perhaps a longer book and a bit more time inbetween short chapters would help us bond with this story. Would still listen to more as narrators were both good.

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  • 06-01-20

annoying female narrator and nonsense book

I don't even know what to say other than thankfully it is a very short book.

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Interesting story

An interesting story of Victorian styled paranormal investigations. I loved the way the female investigators are shown to not confirm to expected female behaviour and as such are reviled by the men of the police force that they are actually a part of. This is despite Cora and the other dealing with beings out of nightmares that the men cannot. Very enjoyable little novella with some gory scenes and a creepy atmosphere.. A nice introduction to Forneus from the "Ivy Granger" novels also.

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Atmospheric, but spoiled by 2-person narration

This story kept me entertained for a good 3 days during my daily commute. The storytelling is engaging and atmospheric, but I found the two-person narration (a woman doing most of the narration with a man doing the male character parts) not at all to my taste.

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Fantastic

This is a great little story about a group of ladies, all with psychic gifts, who form the Whitechapel Paranormal Society charged with dealing with the paranormal goings on in victorian London and it starts out with Cora being chased by demon posessed humans, and I was hooked from that moment. My favourite character would be Forneus, Grand Marquis of Hell, who proves himself quite helpful to our heroic ladies, not without his own motives of course, he is a demon after all. The narration is marvellous, the British accents were almost 100% perfect, the pronunciation of puma gives the game away though, all in all I was very impressed with both the narration and the story itself, my only disappointments being how short it is and that there are not yet any further books in the series.

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Fabulous

I really loved this audiobook. Awesome characters and great storyline. I highly recommend this audiobook. Hope there will be more. Amazing narration. ❤️😍😂

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Brilliant Narration

This is a mixture of the wonderful Agent Carter and Supernatural. The fascinating characters are brought to life with amazing descriptive and intricate writting. This is a great introduction to a new series. I loved the proper British accents of the narrators.

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  • Patti
  • 22-12-19

Entertaining Victorian Gothic Horror

This novella is a set up for a series. I found it very easy to get into the story and I'm quite interested in seeing where the series goes from here. My favorite character was Forneus the Demon, he added little bits of humor and surprisingly for a demon, humanity and gentility to the story. I think because it is so short, shortcuts were used to explain the societies goals and problems. Instead of letting the reader determine the injustices these capable women are dealing with on a daily basis by showing it in the story there is quite a bit of complaining about their male counterparts in the Special Paranormal Research Branch by the main character Cora, which made it hard for me to like her at first. The Narration is fantastic and greatly enhances the story. Melanie A. Mason and Anthony Bowling both do an excellent job with the characters voices and the pacing and atmosphere of the story. I really enjoyed having it told by two different people and hope the author chooses to continue this is the rest of the series.

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  • Ink on my wings
  • 06-12-19

A brilliant spinoff

This spinoff from the authors Ivy Grainger is truly brilliant. Here we have a female police Sargent are hunting a paranormal Jack the Ripper through white chapel. She isn’t only fighting monsters, but also against the norms of a male dominant society, even though England are ruled by a Queen. This is a historical novel with a paranormal twist, and even though historical novels usually isn’t my cup of tea, I really really loved this one. I can’t wait to read the next one in the series. The narrators also did an amazing job bringing the characters awake. They are really good at bringing out the different personalities.

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  • Montzalee W
  • 25-06-20

Good paranormal Victorian book.

Craven Street Whitechapel Paranormal Society, Book 1 By: E.J. Stevens Narrated by: Melanie A. Mason, Anthony Bowling This book is based on Victorian times and around a Paranormal Society trying to solve crimes happening involving butcher bodies with carved Mark's in them. There is fae, demons, and a very evil group of humans. The demon seems more humane than the human! Interesting but I would have liked it a bit longer. Terrific narration!

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  • Mandy Buffington
  • 15-04-20

Amazing!

I received this book for free at my request but the opinion is of my own. This tale took hold of me from the beginning. Cora and her friends investigate cases that have more than what they seem and they are now on a whole new case where they will have to use everything in their power to solve some very gruesome murders. Including teaming up with very unlikely allies. I definitely would read more of this series!

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  • Nicole
  • 17-12-19

Great Paranormal thriller!

Great paranormal thriller! Can't wait to see where this series goes! Good storyline and characters were well developed. Interesting concept and kept my attention for sure! I received a free copy and left my honest review

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  • LaffingKat
  • 16-12-19

Dark atmosphere, snarky dialog work well in audio

This novella is the first entry in the Whitechapel Paranormal Society series by E.J. Stevens, which is a spinoff of the Ivy Granger, Psychic Detective series. This story stands on its own. I enjoyed this story mostly for the creepy atmosphere and the dialog, which worked very well as an audiobook. The plot seemed a bit rushed, but it works as an introduction to the series. Although the story can be quite grim and a little gory, the dialog is often quite funny and the author does a nice job breaking the tension with moments of levity. The demon Forneous really made this story for me. I really appreciated the narration by Melanie A. Mason and Anthony Bowling. Their performances were well paced and easy to understand, and I enjoyed the character voices. I think the narration adds a lot of enjoyment to this story, so I definitely recommend the audiobook. If you enjoy snarky urban fantasy, I recommend this book and any of Ms. Stevens’ other books in this setting, and I think they are a great choice for listening. I was given a free copy of this audiobook by the author and volunteered to provide an honest review.

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  • Mindjacked
  • 14-12-19

Craven Street Whitechapel

This novella has it all, necromancy, possession and murder what else do you want. But as usual the cops don't have a clue so enter the Whitechapel Paranormal Society to take care of the problem or get killed trying. But with Cora at the helm what can go wrong, they are after all messing with human souls. This was a really good novella with non stop action and suspense that will have you holding your breath. The characters are great will tons of personality, it will make you want to find other books with them in it. If you really want something special get the audio version narrated by Melanie Mason and Anthony Bowling as they took this novella a level or more higher. They made me feel as if I was part of the Whitechapel Paranormal Society helping them to solve these incidents.The both were so good they became the characters and I was lost in the book. Either form is OK but this is a book well worth it.

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  • Backlash
  • 12-02-20

murders most foul

A bit of Whitechapel mixed with magic gives us the background of this book which seems to be the opening for a new series featuring women officers and a deamon of dubious intents trying to prevent the opening of a gateway to Hell. Great narration and story

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  • Customer
  • 11-02-20

Mystery, Ghosts, and Psychics

and the demons, too. Great gothic feel. I like the switching of point-of-view between heroine and villain. This is a short, fast read. Looking forward to the next one. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Haley Scully
  • 31-01-20

An Enjoyable, Interesting Read

Summary: Cora Drummond is a member of the Special Paranormal Research Branch- created to protect Queen and country from foul, inhuman forces. Alongside her entirely female team, Cora investigates a series of grisly murders in Whitechapel. The victims, all female, bear strange arcane sigils on their tattered skin, suggesting a dark, unnatural force is at work. Together, the group races to find and stop the killer before more victims meet the same fate. And meanwhile, a mysterious demon observes the recent happenings in Whitechapel, unbeknownst to the Research Branch. Pros: I think my favorite part of this book was the characters. They make for an interesting, colorful cast, and I genuinely enjoyed learning about each character. Out of those characters, Flan really resonated with me. I love that she puts on a tough facade, but clearly has a softer side. This is evidenced through her relationship with Cora, which I adored. I loved the dynamics of their relationship, and I'd definitely like to see more of these two. Forneus, the demon lord, was another fun character. I'm a sucker for mysterious, charismatic characters, and Forneus ticked all those boxes for me. I immensely enjoyed his interactions with the other characters, especially Cora. In addition, this cast of characters contains a lot of representation and diversity. It includes many strong female characters, along with LGBT+ representation. I always love seeing these aspects in books. The story was intriguing and kept me wholly engaged throughout. There wasn't a moment my attention veered from the narrators spinning this tale. Plus, the supernatural factors were great and well-integrated. They helped to build up the tension and suspense, while also enhancing the overall book. Additionally, the narrators of Craven Street do a fantastic job of bringing this story to life. Their performances add extra layers to the characters, setting, and story. The narrators ensured each character has a distinct tone and style of speaking, something that's quite difficult to do with just two voices. But, they still managed it, and shone in these roles. Melanie A. Mason and Anthony Bowling both did amazing work here. Cons: Although I liked the story and progression of the mystery, there were a few issues with pacing. Namely, I felt the ending was quite rushed. There was a lot of buildup to it, so I was expecting more from the ending. I believe the final battle could've been expanded and fleshed out with more detail. It was fairly anticlimactic for how much the story ramped up in the second half. Furthermore, there were a couple plot threads that left me confused and wondering. It almost seemed like there was meant to be a book before this one. Certain characters and events were referenced to, but the story didn't tell me much about them. Those points were glossed over, and I feel Craven Street would have benefited from more explanation over them. Final Thoughts: Even though it has a few issues with pacing and details, I still believe that Craven Street is a fun, engrossing supernatural tale. Most readers, especially fans of fantasy, would probably enjoy this book quite a bit. I'd definitely recommend it! *I received a copy of this book from the author, in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.*

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