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Summary

After losing the family fortune to a fraudulent psychic, inventor Henry Strauss is determined to bring the otherworld under control through the application of science. All he needs is a genuine haunting to prove his Electro-Séance will work. 

A letter from wealthy industrialist Dominic Gladfield seems the answer to his prayers. Gladfield’s proposition: a contest pitting science against spiritualism, with a hefty prize for the winner. The contest takes Henry to Reyhome Castle, the site of a series of brutal murders decades earlier. There he meets his rival for the prize, the dangerously appealing Vincent Night. Vincent is handsome, charming...and determined to get Henry into bed. Henry can’t afford to fall for a spirit medium, let alone the competition. But nothing in the haunted mansion is quite as it seems, and soon winning the contest is the least of Henry’s concerns. For the evil stalking the halls of Reyhome Castle wants to claim not just Henry and Vincent’s lives but their very souls.

©2015 Jordan L. Hawk (P)2018 Jordan L. Hawk

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Best thing since Whyborne & Griffin

I love Jordan L. Hawk's style of writing and have been a fan since Whyborne and Griffin and the Hex series. (Wasn't keen on Spectr, sorry!), but I think this is the best thing she has written since W+G series. I think it is especially clever to include turn of the century electronic seance devices which were around at the time, to add to the mysticism of it.

The characters are great and have proper dimension and Greg Tremblay is an excellent voice actor and brings it to life.

The story is creepy and dark and set in a remote old house, off the beaten track. What more could you ever want. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Now, I'm off to purchase the next in the series...

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Great series

Very enjoyable with interesting, likeable characters. The author as always is top form and the narration is by one of the best.

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  • Neta_BER
  • 31-07-18

A thrilling supernatural mystery!!!

If you enjoyed her Hexworld books or Widdershins, you will LOVE this one!!!

This book was my first M/M, almost two years ago, and it not only introduced me to Jordan L. Hawk that has become one of my favorite authors. Jordan has a fantastic writing style and is one of the best world builder I have read to date. All three of her 19th century book serieses are fantastically written and have an ingenues way of being both realistic and raw while still having supernatural and magical elements. I love the level of research and feel of scientific accuracy this book has, the exorcism feels logical and true, and to be able to write it in such a way is a true gift indeed. The other thing I love about Jordan's writing is her inclusive, diverse writing. There are characters from every color, ethnicity, gender and gender identity in her writing and she fits each character and story to the time period with such accuracy it's astounding. She writes real people with genuine struggles in an other worldly setting, not an easy feat.
This book is a mystery both scary and intriguing, the plot twisting and unexpected.
I love the struggle between Vincent and Henry, both striving for the same goal but from opposing sides. The "hate-turned-to-lust-turned-to-friendship" between them is wonderful, with just the right amount of snark and fluster. They each bring something to the table and if they can only work together they might survive this hunted mansion. Lizzy and Joe, the wonderful and funny partners and co-workers are each a formidable female and show a strength and wisdom much greater then their sometimes dens male counterparts. This is the start of a wonderful series that puts a twist on Ghost Busters and combines science and spirit to save the day.

***Audiobook***
I remember e-mailing to ask if this book will come out in audio after listening to her amazing book Hexbreaker on audio (my first audiobook too!) and enjoying it so much. Little did I know that once it came out the narrator will be one of my favorites, Greg Trembly. He is a true master of emotions and has in incredible gift of understanding the characters in any story. I have thoroughly enjoyed every book he narrated and here was not different. Greg narrated the book with the perfect pitch, accents, emotion and pace. His performance was just what I wanted this book on audio to be, capturing the spooky dangerous atmosphere of the hunted house an delivery a shiver worthy narration. Having read this book and loved it re-reading it on audio was a great experience I feel only added to the story and I can not wait for the next ones to come out on audio!

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  • Loki
  • 23-08-20

Fun paranormal mystery thriller. TW: transphobia

Enjoyable paranormal mystery thriller.

I do feel that there should be a trigger warning specifically for transphobia in the summary, however. I can't say if its dealt with well or not, but it was deeply jarring in a way totally incongruous with the period manners drama and tone of the rest of the creepy scary action.

Also, Henry is kind of an intelligent idiot prone to fear motivated dumbassery, and socially trained bigotry. Who is routinely called on his BS and attempts to correct for it. So...a well intentioned smart-dumb guy who tries his best but is somehow still super facepalm.

Vincent, by contrast, seems way more together as an adult human, specifically, not as unbelievably naive as Henry.

They are interesting characters, and the narrative is exciting. Some of the twists and revelations may not be surprising to experienced readers, but the delivery is still fun.

I'm curious to continue this series to see how the characters develop.

As for Greg Tremblay's narration: fantastic. I always enjoy his work.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 29-07-18

Very good!

I enjoyed reading this book back when it first came out and am so glad it is now available in audiobook format. Greg Tremblay does such an awesome job of bringing the whole thing to life with his performance.
Jordan's awesome storytelling + Greg's narration is a fantastic combination.

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  • Daylon Duvall
  • 26-09-18

wow

wow i couldn't put it down I think I found my new guilty pleasure .

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  • U.E.
  • 10-08-18

A ghost story in its natural format

I've already read the book before and loved it, so there were no surprises here. Anyone looking for an excellent ghost story with M-M romance elements should look no further than the Spirits series. Audio is the natural format for a ghost story and had I not known the plot beforehand I'd probably jump on my seat many times.
My only issue with the audiobook was that the narrator talked a little bit too fast for me sometimes (English is not my native language).
Hopefully the next volumes would come out in audio too.

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  • MisMissyC
  • 19-05-20

Wonderful Victorian Ghost story.

The tone of the book is vivid from the beginning with victorian melodrama and ghost hunting atmosphere. Henry is a bit of a prissy do gooder who struggles to find success and validation in a world full of theives and charlatans. He believes in ghosts, but also in science and is trying to merge the two with his inventions.
Vincent is the real deal, a strong medium who can channel spirits. His own spirit is broken and broke down, the tragic frightful death of his mentor keeping him sad and scared of his gift.
Both men are broke, poorer than poor and determined to win a big prize offered to the winner of a competion who clears the haunted mansion of ghosts and haints. They mostly want to help their friends/companions and clear tarnished reputations.
The writing is vivid and atmospheric. I love a book where I can just picture the blue flames flickering down the misty corridor.
Vincent and Henry both likeable, with Henry being a bit annoying at times. Lizzie who is Vincents (closet trans-woman)business partner and Jo who is Henrys biracial cousin are both terrific side characters.
Greg Tremblay is as always just a terrific narrator bringing cast and story to life.

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  • Jeffrey
  • 10-06-19

Left me wanting more!

My first time reading one of Jordan Hawks books. I was hooked immediately. I had to force my self from blowing through it! When I wasn’t listening to it I was thinking about it. It’s a powerful story lines interwoven with life stations and etiquette we’ve long since forgotten. The story was great, the characters strong, the connections between characters touching and the narrator Greg Tremblay great as usual! Can’t wait to read more from this author!

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  • Jessica
  • 29-07-18

Creepily good book!

Good storie with likabell charachters! Parts of the story gave me the creeps! Get easily scared, especially by books and this one made the goosebumps appear. Greg Tremblay did a super good job!
Really liked the ending and cant wait for book 2!

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  • Robin
  • 14-05-21

I love these characters!

I was surprised by the sudden bigotry from a couple of them, but the resolution was satisfying

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  • Eugenia
  • 27-04-21

Spooky!!!

Audiobook 4/2021: upping my review to 3.5 stars. Loved Vincent the medium. Henry the scientist was tedious & annoying. I liked him at times, but overall I didn’t see the appeal. The audiobook was better & he grew on me.

Overall: a spooky ghost story

Plus: a BIPOC, Native American, & a surprising secondary character 👏👏