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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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  • TK
  • 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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  • Mac
  • York
  • 09-12-19

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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  • Ulla Bisgaard
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • John
  • 13-12-19

A quick supernatural period mystery and adventure

Craven Street is a quick supernatural adventure and mystery with a tough bunch of female paranormal investigators. The story may resonate better with those who are familiar with the author’s other books, but it is the beginning of the series, so no prior reading is required. This is a period piece with well described settings.

Contains graphic violence.

The audiobook uses two narrators, one for the female and one for the male voices. They do a very good job with the story.

I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook. This is my honest and voluntary review.

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  • txdoc
  • 09-12-19

Enticing introduction to an intriguing new series

This novella will capture your attention and tease your imagination from start to finish. 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 feature prominently in this story except to show condescending contempt for these women who do not conform to the accepted standards for female comportment of their era. These wonderfully non-conformist ladies will lead the reader on a fast-paced adventure involving murder, mutilation, demonic possession, and sinister world-threatening machinations spawned by unknown forces of evil. No spoilers here – just prepare for a heck of a ride! Of note for those who are faint of heart – there are scenes featuring the discovery of mutilated bodies, but the descriptions are not gory or of nightmare-inducing detail. There is no foul language (unless “bugger” is offensive to you). There is a hint of lesbian potential in a couple of characters but nothing graphic is presented. Also of note is that the narrators, Melanie A. Mason and Anthony Bowling, did a wonderful job of bringing this story to life. Overall, this is a riveting first installment of what I hope to be a whole series of adventures with these awesome ladies.

I received a copy of this audiobook from the author and the above is my voluntary and unbiased review.

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  • Fairycrystal
  • 09-12-19

Awesome Read & Take On Gruesom Historical Murders

Craven Street is Book 1 in the Whitechapel Paranormal Society series by E.J. Stevens. This is a superbly written storyline and an Iva Granger spinoff. It is a new take on the Jack The Ripper Murders theme with a female police sergeant in a male dominated world and has a paranormal twist. Author Stevens' writing draws you into the story and keeps your reading/listening to the end. Even though this was a short story, I felt it did not suffer. Am looking forward to the next in series to see what Author Stevens has in store for these characters. I thoroughly enjoyed the narrators (Melanie A. Mason and Anthony Bowling). They brought the story to life. Excellent job. Received an ARC and this is my voluntary review.

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  • Roger Fauble
  • 08-12-19

Entertaining read

Craven Street (Whitechapel Paranormal Society Book 1), my seventh read from author E.J. Stevens and the first in the Whitechapel Paranormal Society series. Well-written with intriguing characters. I received an Audible copy & am voluntarily reading & reviewing it. Narrators Melanie A. Mason & Anthony Bowling add to the book's enjoyment. E.J. Stevens is rapidly becoming a go-to author for me! (RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018).

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  • Py
  • 08-12-19

Craven for More.

I truly enjoyed this story. It peaked my interest immediately and pulled me in. Victorian London coupled with a female sect of the paranormal agency equals a riveting introductory story line for a promising series.

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