Dreadful Company

Dreadful Company

Contemporary fantasy in the world of Strange Practice, starring Dr. Greta Helsing, whose family has been keeping the supernatural community not-alive and well for generations. When Greta Helsing, doctor to the undead, is unexpectedly called to Paris to present at a medical conference, she expects nothing more exciting than professional discourse on zombie reconstructive sur Contemporary fantasy in the world of Strange Practice, starring Dr. Greta Helsing, whose family has been keeping the ...

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Title:Dreadful Company
Author:Vivian Shaw
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Genres:Fantasy
ISBN:Dreadful Company
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:400 pages pages

Dreadful Company Reviews

  • Nikki
    Dec 06, 2018

    An enormously enjoyable urban fantasy heavily based in period pulp (any book where Varney the Vampyre is back and has anxiety is all right with me). Greta is a lovely moral heroine, her gang of vampires, demon, psychopomps in Led Zeppelin T-shorts etc are great fun, there's a delightfu...

    Urban fantasy with heart would be how I'd describe this series - whatever happens, the overall sense of how things should be never changes, and the ultimate goal remains the same: right wrongs, help those who need it, and encounter all sorts of interesting monsters along the way. Th...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/08/13/... Despite the mixed reviews for Strange Practice, I ended up enjoying it a lot and was very excited for Dreadful Company. Ironically though, it?s now this sequel that?s making me feel a bit conflicted. It...

    This is an odd thing to say about a book about vampires, other monsters, and the medical doctor who specializes in treating their ailments, but I really like the vocabulary and many of the sentences in this book (as well as book one). The text is often ironic and the author had me laug...

    Dreadful Company was a nice follow-up to Vivan Shaw's excellent debut novel Strange Practice. Was it enjoyable? Overall, yes. Was it as strong as the first book? Not quite. For me, the main draw of the Greta Helsing series is the supernatural doctor stuff. It is so original and Gret...

    Reviewed for The Bibliophibian. I was so excited to get this, and then I didn?t want to be over, and took longer than I should?ve to actually finish it. But while I was reading it, I was mainlining it: chunks and chunks of it all at once. I find Vivian Shaw?s writing just real...

  • Mark
    Jul 29, 2018

    An enormously enjoyable urban fantasy heavily based in period pulp (any book where Varney the Vampyre is back and has anxiety is all right with me). Greta is a lovely moral heroine, her gang of vampires, demon, psychopomps in Led Zeppelin T-shorts etc are great fun, there's a delightfu...

    Urban fantasy with heart would be how I'd describe this series - whatever happens, the overall sense of how things should be never changes, and the ultimate goal remains the same: right wrongs, help those who need it, and encounter all sorts of interesting monsters along the way. Th...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/08/13/... Despite the mixed reviews for Strange Practice, I ended up enjoying it a lot and was very excited for Dreadful Company. Ironically though, it?s now this sequel that?s making me feel a bit conflicted. It...

    This is an odd thing to say about a book about vampires, other monsters, and the medical doctor who specializes in treating their ailments, but I really like the vocabulary and many of the sentences in this book (as well as book one). The text is often ironic and the author had me laug...

    Dreadful Company was a nice follow-up to Vivan Shaw's excellent debut novel Strange Practice. Was it enjoyable? Overall, yes. Was it as strong as the first book? Not quite. For me, the main draw of the Greta Helsing series is the supernatural doctor stuff. It is so original and Gret...

    Reviewed for The Bibliophibian. I was so excited to get this, and then I didn?t want to be over, and took longer than I should?ve to actually finish it. But while I was reading it, I was mainlining it: chunks and chunks of it all at once. I find Vivian Shaw?s writing just real...

    This picks up a few months after the first book, it's interesting to see where things have gone since that story ended and how the characters have changed or grown. The same warmth and humour is present in the writing and the sense of a wider much more complicated hidden world we saw a...

    Greta is in Paris for a conference where she encounters true horror: a coven of poser vampires, as lacking in ethics as taste. The horror. The horror. I enjoyed the expanded characters, especially the French werewolf! This series has fuel for miles. Give me more! ...

    A book for all Seasons: related to this season ...

    I definitely prefer the original. I find this sequel lacklustre, and at 70-something percent, nearly DNF'ed. I only pushed on because I've already gone too far up the road, but it wasn't really reading so much as skimming. Here's what worked: I like seeing the old gang back. Grisa...

    YES YES YES I'm so excited to read this! Despite not greatly enjoying bits of strange practice, I loved the way ending and want more of Greta and company! Dreadful company.... ? ...

    A lot of this is really beautifully-written, especially the descriptions of Paris. It's also a book about a kind person being competent, which I really need right now. Partway through I realized I was smiling because I was just so happy to be a reading a good book about people I like. ...

    The first book in this series is one of my favorites ever, and the second book is no different. Vivian Shaw takes plenty of my favorite classic stories and a lot of very good stuff from her own very good brain and blends it into the perfect story. Nothing makes me happier than a new st...

    God, do I love this series. If you like Ben Aaronovitch's RIVERS OF LONDON series, but find at times that the writing gets a little too abstract and strays from the point (as I sometimes find when reading them), this series is the perfect antidote. It's got everything I could want in a...

    Last year, Strange Practice, the first in this ongoing series, was one of my unexpected delights, so much so that it was one of my 'favourite five' Fantasy novels of the year. It shouldn?t be a surprise then that I was really looking forward to this one. Dreadful Company begins pr...

  • Rosemary
    Aug 25, 2018

    An enormously enjoyable urban fantasy heavily based in period pulp (any book where Varney the Vampyre is back and has anxiety is all right with me). Greta is a lovely moral heroine, her gang of vampires, demon, psychopomps in Led Zeppelin T-shorts etc are great fun, there's a delightfu...

    Urban fantasy with heart would be how I'd describe this series - whatever happens, the overall sense of how things should be never changes, and the ultimate goal remains the same: right wrongs, help those who need it, and encounter all sorts of interesting monsters along the way. Th...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/08/13/... Despite the mixed reviews for Strange Practice, I ended up enjoying it a lot and was very excited for Dreadful Company. Ironically though, it?s now this sequel that?s making me feel a bit conflicted. It...

    This is an odd thing to say about a book about vampires, other monsters, and the medical doctor who specializes in treating their ailments, but I really like the vocabulary and many of the sentences in this book (as well as book one). The text is often ironic and the author had me laug...

    Dreadful Company was a nice follow-up to Vivan Shaw's excellent debut novel Strange Practice. Was it enjoyable? Overall, yes. Was it as strong as the first book? Not quite. For me, the main draw of the Greta Helsing series is the supernatural doctor stuff. It is so original and Gret...

    Reviewed for The Bibliophibian. I was so excited to get this, and then I didn?t want to be over, and took longer than I should?ve to actually finish it. But while I was reading it, I was mainlining it: chunks and chunks of it all at once. I find Vivian Shaw?s writing just real...

    This picks up a few months after the first book, it's interesting to see where things have gone since that story ended and how the characters have changed or grown. The same warmth and humour is present in the writing and the sense of a wider much more complicated hidden world we saw a...

    Greta is in Paris for a conference where she encounters true horror: a coven of poser vampires, as lacking in ethics as taste. The horror. The horror. I enjoyed the expanded characters, especially the French werewolf! This series has fuel for miles. Give me more! ...

    A book for all Seasons: related to this season ...

    I definitely prefer the original. I find this sequel lacklustre, and at 70-something percent, nearly DNF'ed. I only pushed on because I've already gone too far up the road, but it wasn't really reading so much as skimming. Here's what worked: I like seeing the old gang back. Grisa...

    YES YES YES I'm so excited to read this! Despite not greatly enjoying bits of strange practice, I loved the way ending and want more of Greta and company! Dreadful company.... ? ...

    A lot of this is really beautifully-written, especially the descriptions of Paris. It's also a book about a kind person being competent, which I really need right now. Partway through I realized I was smiling because I was just so happy to be a reading a good book about people I like. ...

    The first book in this series is one of my favorites ever, and the second book is no different. Vivian Shaw takes plenty of my favorite classic stories and a lot of very good stuff from her own very good brain and blends it into the perfect story. Nothing makes me happier than a new st...

    God, do I love this series. If you like Ben Aaronovitch's RIVERS OF LONDON series, but find at times that the writing gets a little too abstract and strays from the point (as I sometimes find when reading them), this series is the perfect antidote. It's got everything I could want in a...

    Last year, Strange Practice, the first in this ongoing series, was one of my unexpected delights, so much so that it was one of my 'favourite five' Fantasy novels of the year. It shouldn?t be a surprise then that I was really looking forward to this one. Dreadful Company begins pr...

    Dreadful Company builds on the strengths of the first volume in the series, delivering another solid urban fantasy adventure. Dreadful Company is the second novel from Vivian Shaw in the Dr Greta Helsing series, following last year's Strange Practice. Readers who follow a fair bit o...

    I really wasn?t as enamoured with this one versus the first one of the series. The characters were hard to tell apart given that the new ones were introduced properly or developed until too late in the book. I wanted to really enjoy it, but found it tasking at the beginning. In the e...

    I am enamoured I love this world of cute monsters, demonic corporate structures, vampires who believe in their own worst stereotypes, and a dedicated doctor of really really alternative medicine. Please continue as long as you are able, and thank you. ...

    I loved the first book of this series so much I immediately dove into the sequel and I have no regrets for binge reading them and going off my reading schedule for this one. It?s such a wonderful follow-up. One of the things I loved most about the first one was the characters, and...

    Greta Helsing, doctor to the supernatural, is kidnapped by a coven of vampires while attending a medical conference in Paris. I very much enjoyed the first book in this series but this sequel disappointed me somewhat. I wanted to spend more time with Greta and her medical practice i...

    Not enough dread in this one. Never felt any real threat from the feckless Corvin or from the time slips. Maybe the writing was a little too light hearted and the monsters a little too cute and sweet to make me take the situation seriously..... ...

    4+ stars! Another exceptional read from Vivian Shaw! I'm not one to generally go along with the sort of Hollywood-esque praise (you know: love love kiss kiss, let's do lunch DAH-ling) that is oft included in the small-case, roman-numeraled pages of new books. However, I am going to ...

    Oh, that was just a ridiculous amount of fun. With the first book of this series, there was an awkward getting-to-know-you phase that one had to get through in order to get to the story. Shaw's writing seems sharper and more confident this time around, and she's figured out how to ...

    I was going to rate this 3 stars because while I enjoyed it I didn't loved it as much as Strange Practice. But still in the end it ended up being another hit mainly thanks to the great cast of characters. While Strange Practice had the characters almost always together and working ...

    Seriously delightful second book in this series takes our heroine to Paris and a certain Opera House -- that one, the one with the chandelier -- as well as into lots and lots of underground tunnels. Because it is Paris and Helsing, there's catacombs, vampires (dreadful and nice), vampy...

  • Kiwi Carlisle
    Sep 10, 2018

    An enormously enjoyable urban fantasy heavily based in period pulp (any book where Varney the Vampyre is back and has anxiety is all right with me). Greta is a lovely moral heroine, her gang of vampires, demon, psychopomps in Led Zeppelin T-shorts etc are great fun, there's a delightfu...

    Urban fantasy with heart would be how I'd describe this series - whatever happens, the overall sense of how things should be never changes, and the ultimate goal remains the same: right wrongs, help those who need it, and encounter all sorts of interesting monsters along the way. Th...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/08/13/... Despite the mixed reviews for Strange Practice, I ended up enjoying it a lot and was very excited for Dreadful Company. Ironically though, it?s now this sequel that?s making me feel a bit conflicted. It...

    This is an odd thing to say about a book about vampires, other monsters, and the medical doctor who specializes in treating their ailments, but I really like the vocabulary and many of the sentences in this book (as well as book one). The text is often ironic and the author had me laug...

    Dreadful Company was a nice follow-up to Vivan Shaw's excellent debut novel Strange Practice. Was it enjoyable? Overall, yes. Was it as strong as the first book? Not quite. For me, the main draw of the Greta Helsing series is the supernatural doctor stuff. It is so original and Gret...

    Reviewed for The Bibliophibian. I was so excited to get this, and then I didn?t want to be over, and took longer than I should?ve to actually finish it. But while I was reading it, I was mainlining it: chunks and chunks of it all at once. I find Vivian Shaw?s writing just real...

    This picks up a few months after the first book, it's interesting to see where things have gone since that story ended and how the characters have changed or grown. The same warmth and humour is present in the writing and the sense of a wider much more complicated hidden world we saw a...

    Greta is in Paris for a conference where she encounters true horror: a coven of poser vampires, as lacking in ethics as taste. The horror. The horror. I enjoyed the expanded characters, especially the French werewolf! This series has fuel for miles. Give me more! ...

    A book for all Seasons: related to this season ...

    I definitely prefer the original. I find this sequel lacklustre, and at 70-something percent, nearly DNF'ed. I only pushed on because I've already gone too far up the road, but it wasn't really reading so much as skimming. Here's what worked: I like seeing the old gang back. Grisa...

    YES YES YES I'm so excited to read this! Despite not greatly enjoying bits of strange practice, I loved the way ending and want more of Greta and company! Dreadful company.... ? ...

    A lot of this is really beautifully-written, especially the descriptions of Paris. It's also a book about a kind person being competent, which I really need right now. Partway through I realized I was smiling because I was just so happy to be a reading a good book about people I like. ...

    The first book in this series is one of my favorites ever, and the second book is no different. Vivian Shaw takes plenty of my favorite classic stories and a lot of very good stuff from her own very good brain and blends it into the perfect story. Nothing makes me happier than a new st...

    God, do I love this series. If you like Ben Aaronovitch's RIVERS OF LONDON series, but find at times that the writing gets a little too abstract and strays from the point (as I sometimes find when reading them), this series is the perfect antidote. It's got everything I could want in a...

    Last year, Strange Practice, the first in this ongoing series, was one of my unexpected delights, so much so that it was one of my 'favourite five' Fantasy novels of the year. It shouldn?t be a surprise then that I was really looking forward to this one. Dreadful Company begins pr...

    Dreadful Company builds on the strengths of the first volume in the series, delivering another solid urban fantasy adventure. Dreadful Company is the second novel from Vivian Shaw in the Dr Greta Helsing series, following last year's Strange Practice. Readers who follow a fair bit o...

    I really wasn?t as enamoured with this one versus the first one of the series. The characters were hard to tell apart given that the new ones were introduced properly or developed until too late in the book. I wanted to really enjoy it, but found it tasking at the beginning. In the e...

    I am enamoured I love this world of cute monsters, demonic corporate structures, vampires who believe in their own worst stereotypes, and a dedicated doctor of really really alternative medicine. Please continue as long as you are able, and thank you. ...

    I loved the first book of this series so much I immediately dove into the sequel and I have no regrets for binge reading them and going off my reading schedule for this one. It?s such a wonderful follow-up. One of the things I loved most about the first one was the characters, and...

    Greta Helsing, doctor to the supernatural, is kidnapped by a coven of vampires while attending a medical conference in Paris. I very much enjoyed the first book in this series but this sequel disappointed me somewhat. I wanted to spend more time with Greta and her medical practice i...

    Not enough dread in this one. Never felt any real threat from the feckless Corvin or from the time slips. Maybe the writing was a little too light hearted and the monsters a little too cute and sweet to make me take the situation seriously..... ...

    4+ stars! Another exceptional read from Vivian Shaw! I'm not one to generally go along with the sort of Hollywood-esque praise (you know: love love kiss kiss, let's do lunch DAH-ling) that is oft included in the small-case, roman-numeraled pages of new books. However, I am going to ...

    Oh, that was just a ridiculous amount of fun. With the first book of this series, there was an awkward getting-to-know-you phase that one had to get through in order to get to the story. Shaw's writing seems sharper and more confident this time around, and she's figured out how to ...

    I was going to rate this 3 stars because while I enjoyed it I didn't loved it as much as Strange Practice. But still in the end it ended up being another hit mainly thanks to the great cast of characters. While Strange Practice had the characters almost always together and working ...

    Seriously delightful second book in this series takes our heroine to Paris and a certain Opera House -- that one, the one with the chandelier -- as well as into lots and lots of underground tunnels. Because it is Paris and Helsing, there's catacombs, vampires (dreadful and nice), vampy...

    More fun than a boisterous puffin having an pint and an ice cream with a chocolate flake in it, Dreadful Company continues Greta Helsing's adventures in Paris this time, widening her world and gang of friends at the same time. The plot moves at a fine though not over-rushed pace and th...

    A very satisfying follow-up to Strange Practice, the second in the Dr. Greta Helsing series takes place in Paris. Shaw's writing is economical, keeping the action brisk while also managing to fit in plenty of literary and cultural references. The complex homage to Phantom of the Opera ...

    I loved this book. I would happily move into the world Vivian Shaw?s constructed for us if I had any useful skills to offer. Once again, she delightfully mixes references from pop culture with concepts from heavy old classics of nineteenth century horror fiction that can still freeze...

  • Stephanie
    Oct 12, 2018

    An enormously enjoyable urban fantasy heavily based in period pulp (any book where Varney the Vampyre is back and has anxiety is all right with me). Greta is a lovely moral heroine, her gang of vampires, demon, psychopomps in Led Zeppelin T-shorts etc are great fun, there's a delightfu...

    Urban fantasy with heart would be how I'd describe this series - whatever happens, the overall sense of how things should be never changes, and the ultimate goal remains the same: right wrongs, help those who need it, and encounter all sorts of interesting monsters along the way. Th...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/08/13/... Despite the mixed reviews for Strange Practice, I ended up enjoying it a lot and was very excited for Dreadful Company. Ironically though, it?s now this sequel that?s making me feel a bit conflicted. It...

    This is an odd thing to say about a book about vampires, other monsters, and the medical doctor who specializes in treating their ailments, but I really like the vocabulary and many of the sentences in this book (as well as book one). The text is often ironic and the author had me laug...

    Dreadful Company was a nice follow-up to Vivan Shaw's excellent debut novel Strange Practice. Was it enjoyable? Overall, yes. Was it as strong as the first book? Not quite. For me, the main draw of the Greta Helsing series is the supernatural doctor stuff. It is so original and Gret...

    Reviewed for The Bibliophibian. I was so excited to get this, and then I didn?t want to be over, and took longer than I should?ve to actually finish it. But while I was reading it, I was mainlining it: chunks and chunks of it all at once. I find Vivian Shaw?s writing just real...

    This picks up a few months after the first book, it's interesting to see where things have gone since that story ended and how the characters have changed or grown. The same warmth and humour is present in the writing and the sense of a wider much more complicated hidden world we saw a...

    Greta is in Paris for a conference where she encounters true horror: a coven of poser vampires, as lacking in ethics as taste. The horror. The horror. I enjoyed the expanded characters, especially the French werewolf! This series has fuel for miles. Give me more! ...

    A book for all Seasons: related to this season ...

    I definitely prefer the original. I find this sequel lacklustre, and at 70-something percent, nearly DNF'ed. I only pushed on because I've already gone too far up the road, but it wasn't really reading so much as skimming. Here's what worked: I like seeing the old gang back. Grisa...

    YES YES YES I'm so excited to read this! Despite not greatly enjoying bits of strange practice, I loved the way ending and want more of Greta and company! Dreadful company.... ? ...

    A lot of this is really beautifully-written, especially the descriptions of Paris. It's also a book about a kind person being competent, which I really need right now. Partway through I realized I was smiling because I was just so happy to be a reading a good book about people I like. ...

    The first book in this series is one of my favorites ever, and the second book is no different. Vivian Shaw takes plenty of my favorite classic stories and a lot of very good stuff from her own very good brain and blends it into the perfect story. Nothing makes me happier than a new st...

    God, do I love this series. If you like Ben Aaronovitch's RIVERS OF LONDON series, but find at times that the writing gets a little too abstract and strays from the point (as I sometimes find when reading them), this series is the perfect antidote. It's got everything I could want in a...

    Last year, Strange Practice, the first in this ongoing series, was one of my unexpected delights, so much so that it was one of my 'favourite five' Fantasy novels of the year. It shouldn?t be a surprise then that I was really looking forward to this one. Dreadful Company begins pr...

    Dreadful Company builds on the strengths of the first volume in the series, delivering another solid urban fantasy adventure. Dreadful Company is the second novel from Vivian Shaw in the Dr Greta Helsing series, following last year's Strange Practice. Readers who follow a fair bit o...

    I really wasn?t as enamoured with this one versus the first one of the series. The characters were hard to tell apart given that the new ones were introduced properly or developed until too late in the book. I wanted to really enjoy it, but found it tasking at the beginning. In the e...

    I am enamoured I love this world of cute monsters, demonic corporate structures, vampires who believe in their own worst stereotypes, and a dedicated doctor of really really alternative medicine. Please continue as long as you are able, and thank you. ...

    I loved the first book of this series so much I immediately dove into the sequel and I have no regrets for binge reading them and going off my reading schedule for this one. It?s such a wonderful follow-up. One of the things I loved most about the first one was the characters, and...

    Greta Helsing, doctor to the supernatural, is kidnapped by a coven of vampires while attending a medical conference in Paris. I very much enjoyed the first book in this series but this sequel disappointed me somewhat. I wanted to spend more time with Greta and her medical practice i...

    Not enough dread in this one. Never felt any real threat from the feckless Corvin or from the time slips. Maybe the writing was a little too light hearted and the monsters a little too cute and sweet to make me take the situation seriously..... ...

    4+ stars! Another exceptional read from Vivian Shaw! I'm not one to generally go along with the sort of Hollywood-esque praise (you know: love love kiss kiss, let's do lunch DAH-ling) that is oft included in the small-case, roman-numeraled pages of new books. However, I am going to ...

    Oh, that was just a ridiculous amount of fun. With the first book of this series, there was an awkward getting-to-know-you phase that one had to get through in order to get to the story. Shaw's writing seems sharper and more confident this time around, and she's figured out how to ...

    I was going to rate this 3 stars because while I enjoyed it I didn't loved it as much as Strange Practice. But still in the end it ended up being another hit mainly thanks to the great cast of characters. While Strange Practice had the characters almost always together and working ...

    Seriously delightful second book in this series takes our heroine to Paris and a certain Opera House -- that one, the one with the chandelier -- as well as into lots and lots of underground tunnels. Because it is Paris and Helsing, there's catacombs, vampires (dreadful and nice), vampy...

    More fun than a boisterous puffin having an pint and an ice cream with a chocolate flake in it, Dreadful Company continues Greta Helsing's adventures in Paris this time, widening her world and gang of friends at the same time. The plot moves at a fine though not over-rushed pace and th...

    A very satisfying follow-up to Strange Practice, the second in the Dr. Greta Helsing series takes place in Paris. Shaw's writing is economical, keeping the action brisk while also managing to fit in plenty of literary and cultural references. The complex homage to Phantom of the Opera ...

    I loved this book. I would happily move into the world Vivian Shaw?s constructed for us if I had any useful skills to offer. Once again, she delightfully mixes references from pop culture with concepts from heavy old classics of nineteenth century horror fiction that can still freeze...

    A great sequel to Strange Practice. Greta proved that she is very resourceful and capable of accomplishing things on her own. I also loved the relationship growth between her and Varney. Too many authors have their MC stuck in relationship limbo for too long, but Shaw has definitely av...

    For some reason my mind kept seeing this as not taking place in a contemporary setting, so every once in a while I would be thrown by something said or done that was distinctly modern. But that's my own deal, not the author's fault. I didn't find this installment quite as charming as t...

  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    Aug 01, 2018

    An enormously enjoyable urban fantasy heavily based in period pulp (any book where Varney the Vampyre is back and has anxiety is all right with me). Greta is a lovely moral heroine, her gang of vampires, demon, psychopomps in Led Zeppelin T-shorts etc are great fun, there's a delightfu...

    Urban fantasy with heart would be how I'd describe this series - whatever happens, the overall sense of how things should be never changes, and the ultimate goal remains the same: right wrongs, help those who need it, and encounter all sorts of interesting monsters along the way. Th...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/08/13/... Despite the mixed reviews for Strange Practice, I ended up enjoying it a lot and was very excited for Dreadful Company. Ironically though, it?s now this sequel that?s making me feel a bit conflicted. It...

  • Becca
    Aug 06, 2018

    An enormously enjoyable urban fantasy heavily based in period pulp (any book where Varney the Vampyre is back and has anxiety is all right with me). Greta is a lovely moral heroine, her gang of vampires, demon, psychopomps in Led Zeppelin T-shorts etc are great fun, there's a delightfu...

    Urban fantasy with heart would be how I'd describe this series - whatever happens, the overall sense of how things should be never changes, and the ultimate goal remains the same: right wrongs, help those who need it, and encounter all sorts of interesting monsters along the way. Th...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/08/13/... Despite the mixed reviews for Strange Practice, I ended up enjoying it a lot and was very excited for Dreadful Company. Ironically though, it?s now this sequel that?s making me feel a bit conflicted. It...

    This is an odd thing to say about a book about vampires, other monsters, and the medical doctor who specializes in treating their ailments, but I really like the vocabulary and many of the sentences in this book (as well as book one). The text is often ironic and the author had me laug...

    Dreadful Company was a nice follow-up to Vivan Shaw's excellent debut novel Strange Practice. Was it enjoyable? Overall, yes. Was it as strong as the first book? Not quite. For me, the main draw of the Greta Helsing series is the supernatural doctor stuff. It is so original and Gret...

    Reviewed for The Bibliophibian. I was so excited to get this, and then I didn?t want to be over, and took longer than I should?ve to actually finish it. But while I was reading it, I was mainlining it: chunks and chunks of it all at once. I find Vivian Shaw?s writing just real...

    This picks up a few months after the first book, it's interesting to see where things have gone since that story ended and how the characters have changed or grown. The same warmth and humour is present in the writing and the sense of a wider much more complicated hidden world we saw a...

    Greta is in Paris for a conference where she encounters true horror: a coven of poser vampires, as lacking in ethics as taste. The horror. The horror. I enjoyed the expanded characters, especially the French werewolf! This series has fuel for miles. Give me more! ...

    A book for all Seasons: related to this season ...

    I definitely prefer the original. I find this sequel lacklustre, and at 70-something percent, nearly DNF'ed. I only pushed on because I've already gone too far up the road, but it wasn't really reading so much as skimming. Here's what worked: I like seeing the old gang back. Grisa...

    YES YES YES I'm so excited to read this! Despite not greatly enjoying bits of strange practice, I loved the way ending and want more of Greta and company! Dreadful company.... ? ...

    A lot of this is really beautifully-written, especially the descriptions of Paris. It's also a book about a kind person being competent, which I really need right now. Partway through I realized I was smiling because I was just so happy to be a reading a good book about people I like. ...

    The first book in this series is one of my favorites ever, and the second book is no different. Vivian Shaw takes plenty of my favorite classic stories and a lot of very good stuff from her own very good brain and blends it into the perfect story. Nothing makes me happier than a new st...

    God, do I love this series. If you like Ben Aaronovitch's RIVERS OF LONDON series, but find at times that the writing gets a little too abstract and strays from the point (as I sometimes find when reading them), this series is the perfect antidote. It's got everything I could want in a...

  • Donna
    Aug 20, 2018

    An enormously enjoyable urban fantasy heavily based in period pulp (any book where Varney the Vampyre is back and has anxiety is all right with me). Greta is a lovely moral heroine, her gang of vampires, demon, psychopomps in Led Zeppelin T-shorts etc are great fun, there's a delightfu...

    Urban fantasy with heart would be how I'd describe this series - whatever happens, the overall sense of how things should be never changes, and the ultimate goal remains the same: right wrongs, help those who need it, and encounter all sorts of interesting monsters along the way. Th...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/08/13/... Despite the mixed reviews for Strange Practice, I ended up enjoying it a lot and was very excited for Dreadful Company. Ironically though, it?s now this sequel that?s making me feel a bit conflicted. It...

    This is an odd thing to say about a book about vampires, other monsters, and the medical doctor who specializes in treating their ailments, but I really like the vocabulary and many of the sentences in this book (as well as book one). The text is often ironic and the author had me laug...

    Dreadful Company was a nice follow-up to Vivan Shaw's excellent debut novel Strange Practice. Was it enjoyable? Overall, yes. Was it as strong as the first book? Not quite. For me, the main draw of the Greta Helsing series is the supernatural doctor stuff. It is so original and Gret...

    Reviewed for The Bibliophibian. I was so excited to get this, and then I didn?t want to be over, and took longer than I should?ve to actually finish it. But while I was reading it, I was mainlining it: chunks and chunks of it all at once. I find Vivian Shaw?s writing just real...

    This picks up a few months after the first book, it's interesting to see where things have gone since that story ended and how the characters have changed or grown. The same warmth and humour is present in the writing and the sense of a wider much more complicated hidden world we saw a...

    Greta is in Paris for a conference where she encounters true horror: a coven of poser vampires, as lacking in ethics as taste. The horror. The horror. I enjoyed the expanded characters, especially the French werewolf! This series has fuel for miles. Give me more! ...

    A book for all Seasons: related to this season ...

    I definitely prefer the original. I find this sequel lacklustre, and at 70-something percent, nearly DNF'ed. I only pushed on because I've already gone too far up the road, but it wasn't really reading so much as skimming. Here's what worked: I like seeing the old gang back. Grisa...

    YES YES YES I'm so excited to read this! Despite not greatly enjoying bits of strange practice, I loved the way ending and want more of Greta and company! Dreadful company.... ? ...

    A lot of this is really beautifully-written, especially the descriptions of Paris. It's also a book about a kind person being competent, which I really need right now. Partway through I realized I was smiling because I was just so happy to be a reading a good book about people I like. ...

    The first book in this series is one of my favorites ever, and the second book is no different. Vivian Shaw takes plenty of my favorite classic stories and a lot of very good stuff from her own very good brain and blends it into the perfect story. Nothing makes me happier than a new st...

    God, do I love this series. If you like Ben Aaronovitch's RIVERS OF LONDON series, but find at times that the writing gets a little too abstract and strays from the point (as I sometimes find when reading them), this series is the perfect antidote. It's got everything I could want in a...

    Last year, Strange Practice, the first in this ongoing series, was one of my unexpected delights, so much so that it was one of my 'favourite five' Fantasy novels of the year. It shouldn?t be a surprise then that I was really looking forward to this one. Dreadful Company begins pr...

    Dreadful Company builds on the strengths of the first volume in the series, delivering another solid urban fantasy adventure. Dreadful Company is the second novel from Vivian Shaw in the Dr Greta Helsing series, following last year's Strange Practice. Readers who follow a fair bit o...

    I really wasn?t as enamoured with this one versus the first one of the series. The characters were hard to tell apart given that the new ones were introduced properly or developed until too late in the book. I wanted to really enjoy it, but found it tasking at the beginning. In the e...

    I am enamoured I love this world of cute monsters, demonic corporate structures, vampires who believe in their own worst stereotypes, and a dedicated doctor of really really alternative medicine. Please continue as long as you are able, and thank you. ...

    I loved the first book of this series so much I immediately dove into the sequel and I have no regrets for binge reading them and going off my reading schedule for this one. It?s such a wonderful follow-up. One of the things I loved most about the first one was the characters, and...

    Greta Helsing, doctor to the supernatural, is kidnapped by a coven of vampires while attending a medical conference in Paris. I very much enjoyed the first book in this series but this sequel disappointed me somewhat. I wanted to spend more time with Greta and her medical practice i...

  • Fiona
    Sep 10, 2018

    An enormously enjoyable urban fantasy heavily based in period pulp (any book where Varney the Vampyre is back and has anxiety is all right with me). Greta is a lovely moral heroine, her gang of vampires, demon, psychopomps in Led Zeppelin T-shorts etc are great fun, there's a delightfu...

    Urban fantasy with heart would be how I'd describe this series - whatever happens, the overall sense of how things should be never changes, and the ultimate goal remains the same: right wrongs, help those who need it, and encounter all sorts of interesting monsters along the way. Th...

  • BAM The Bibliomaniac
    Sep 21, 2018

    An enormously enjoyable urban fantasy heavily based in period pulp (any book where Varney the Vampyre is back and has anxiety is all right with me). Greta is a lovely moral heroine, her gang of vampires, demon, psychopomps in Led Zeppelin T-shorts etc are great fun, there's a delightfu...

    Urban fantasy with heart would be how I'd describe this series - whatever happens, the overall sense of how things should be never changes, and the ultimate goal remains the same: right wrongs, help those who need it, and encounter all sorts of interesting monsters along the way. Th...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/08/13/... Despite the mixed reviews for Strange Practice, I ended up enjoying it a lot and was very excited for Dreadful Company. Ironically though, it?s now this sequel that?s making me feel a bit conflicted. It...

    This is an odd thing to say about a book about vampires, other monsters, and the medical doctor who specializes in treating their ailments, but I really like the vocabulary and many of the sentences in this book (as well as book one). The text is often ironic and the author had me laug...

    Dreadful Company was a nice follow-up to Vivan Shaw's excellent debut novel Strange Practice. Was it enjoyable? Overall, yes. Was it as strong as the first book? Not quite. For me, the main draw of the Greta Helsing series is the supernatural doctor stuff. It is so original and Gret...

    Reviewed for The Bibliophibian. I was so excited to get this, and then I didn?t want to be over, and took longer than I should?ve to actually finish it. But while I was reading it, I was mainlining it: chunks and chunks of it all at once. I find Vivian Shaw?s writing just real...

    This picks up a few months after the first book, it's interesting to see where things have gone since that story ended and how the characters have changed or grown. The same warmth and humour is present in the writing and the sense of a wider much more complicated hidden world we saw a...

    Greta is in Paris for a conference where she encounters true horror: a coven of poser vampires, as lacking in ethics as taste. The horror. The horror. I enjoyed the expanded characters, especially the French werewolf! This series has fuel for miles. Give me more! ...

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  • Sue
    Aug 18, 2018

    An enormously enjoyable urban fantasy heavily based in period pulp (any book where Varney the Vampyre is back and has anxiety is all right with me). Greta is a lovely moral heroine, her gang of vampires, demon, psychopomps in Led Zeppelin T-shorts etc are great fun, there's a delightfu...

    Urban fantasy with heart would be how I'd describe this series - whatever happens, the overall sense of how things should be never changes, and the ultimate goal remains the same: right wrongs, help those who need it, and encounter all sorts of interesting monsters along the way. Th...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/08/13/... Despite the mixed reviews for Strange Practice, I ended up enjoying it a lot and was very excited for Dreadful Company. Ironically though, it?s now this sequel that?s making me feel a bit conflicted. It...

    This is an odd thing to say about a book about vampires, other monsters, and the medical doctor who specializes in treating their ailments, but I really like the vocabulary and many of the sentences in this book (as well as book one). The text is often ironic and the author had me laug...

    Dreadful Company was a nice follow-up to Vivan Shaw's excellent debut novel Strange Practice. Was it enjoyable? Overall, yes. Was it as strong as the first book? Not quite. For me, the main draw of the Greta Helsing series is the supernatural doctor stuff. It is so original and Gret...

    Reviewed for The Bibliophibian. I was so excited to get this, and then I didn?t want to be over, and took longer than I should?ve to actually finish it. But while I was reading it, I was mainlining it: chunks and chunks of it all at once. I find Vivian Shaw?s writing just real...

    This picks up a few months after the first book, it's interesting to see where things have gone since that story ended and how the characters have changed or grown. The same warmth and humour is present in the writing and the sense of a wider much more complicated hidden world we saw a...

    Greta is in Paris for a conference where she encounters true horror: a coven of poser vampires, as lacking in ethics as taste. The horror. The horror. I enjoyed the expanded characters, especially the French werewolf! This series has fuel for miles. Give me more! ...

    A book for all Seasons: related to this season ...

    I definitely prefer the original. I find this sequel lacklustre, and at 70-something percent, nearly DNF'ed. I only pushed on because I've already gone too far up the road, but it wasn't really reading so much as skimming. Here's what worked: I like seeing the old gang back. Grisa...

    YES YES YES I'm so excited to read this! Despite not greatly enjoying bits of strange practice, I loved the way ending and want more of Greta and company! Dreadful company.... ? ...

    A lot of this is really beautifully-written, especially the descriptions of Paris. It's also a book about a kind person being competent, which I really need right now. Partway through I realized I was smiling because I was just so happy to be a reading a good book about people I like. ...

    The first book in this series is one of my favorites ever, and the second book is no different. Vivian Shaw takes plenty of my favorite classic stories and a lot of very good stuff from her own very good brain and blends it into the perfect story. Nothing makes me happier than a new st...

    God, do I love this series. If you like Ben Aaronovitch's RIVERS OF LONDON series, but find at times that the writing gets a little too abstract and strays from the point (as I sometimes find when reading them), this series is the perfect antidote. It's got everything I could want in a...

    Last year, Strange Practice, the first in this ongoing series, was one of my unexpected delights, so much so that it was one of my 'favourite five' Fantasy novels of the year. It shouldn?t be a surprise then that I was really looking forward to this one. Dreadful Company begins pr...

    Dreadful Company builds on the strengths of the first volume in the series, delivering another solid urban fantasy adventure. Dreadful Company is the second novel from Vivian Shaw in the Dr Greta Helsing series, following last year's Strange Practice. Readers who follow a fair bit o...

    I really wasn?t as enamoured with this one versus the first one of the series. The characters were hard to tell apart given that the new ones were introduced properly or developed until too late in the book. I wanted to really enjoy it, but found it tasking at the beginning. In the e...

    I am enamoured I love this world of cute monsters, demonic corporate structures, vampires who believe in their own worst stereotypes, and a dedicated doctor of really really alternative medicine. Please continue as long as you are able, and thank you. ...

    I loved the first book of this series so much I immediately dove into the sequel and I have no regrets for binge reading them and going off my reading schedule for this one. It?s such a wonderful follow-up. One of the things I loved most about the first one was the characters, and...

    Greta Helsing, doctor to the supernatural, is kidnapped by a coven of vampires while attending a medical conference in Paris. I very much enjoyed the first book in this series but this sequel disappointed me somewhat. I wanted to spend more time with Greta and her medical practice i...

    Not enough dread in this one. Never felt any real threat from the feckless Corvin or from the time slips. Maybe the writing was a little too light hearted and the monsters a little too cute and sweet to make me take the situation seriously..... ...

  • Ian  Cann
    Sep 20, 2018

    An enormously enjoyable urban fantasy heavily based in period pulp (any book where Varney the Vampyre is back and has anxiety is all right with me). Greta is a lovely moral heroine, her gang of vampires, demon, psychopomps in Led Zeppelin T-shorts etc are great fun, there's a delightfu...

    Urban fantasy with heart would be how I'd describe this series - whatever happens, the overall sense of how things should be never changes, and the ultimate goal remains the same: right wrongs, help those who need it, and encounter all sorts of interesting monsters along the way. Th...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/08/13/... Despite the mixed reviews for Strange Practice, I ended up enjoying it a lot and was very excited for Dreadful Company. Ironically though, it?s now this sequel that?s making me feel a bit conflicted. It...

    This is an odd thing to say about a book about vampires, other monsters, and the medical doctor who specializes in treating their ailments, but I really like the vocabulary and many of the sentences in this book (as well as book one). The text is often ironic and the author had me laug...

    Dreadful Company was a nice follow-up to Vivan Shaw's excellent debut novel Strange Practice. Was it enjoyable? Overall, yes. Was it as strong as the first book? Not quite. For me, the main draw of the Greta Helsing series is the supernatural doctor stuff. It is so original and Gret...

    Reviewed for The Bibliophibian. I was so excited to get this, and then I didn?t want to be over, and took longer than I should?ve to actually finish it. But while I was reading it, I was mainlining it: chunks and chunks of it all at once. I find Vivian Shaw?s writing just real...

    This picks up a few months after the first book, it's interesting to see where things have gone since that story ended and how the characters have changed or grown. The same warmth and humour is present in the writing and the sense of a wider much more complicated hidden world we saw a...

    Greta is in Paris for a conference where she encounters true horror: a coven of poser vampires, as lacking in ethics as taste. The horror. The horror. I enjoyed the expanded characters, especially the French werewolf! This series has fuel for miles. Give me more! ...

    A book for all Seasons: related to this season ...

    I definitely prefer the original. I find this sequel lacklustre, and at 70-something percent, nearly DNF'ed. I only pushed on because I've already gone too far up the road, but it wasn't really reading so much as skimming. Here's what worked: I like seeing the old gang back. Grisa...

    YES YES YES I'm so excited to read this! Despite not greatly enjoying bits of strange practice, I loved the way ending and want more of Greta and company! Dreadful company.... ? ...

    A lot of this is really beautifully-written, especially the descriptions of Paris. It's also a book about a kind person being competent, which I really need right now. Partway through I realized I was smiling because I was just so happy to be a reading a good book about people I like. ...

    The first book in this series is one of my favorites ever, and the second book is no different. Vivian Shaw takes plenty of my favorite classic stories and a lot of very good stuff from her own very good brain and blends it into the perfect story. Nothing makes me happier than a new st...

    God, do I love this series. If you like Ben Aaronovitch's RIVERS OF LONDON series, but find at times that the writing gets a little too abstract and strays from the point (as I sometimes find when reading them), this series is the perfect antidote. It's got everything I could want in a...

    Last year, Strange Practice, the first in this ongoing series, was one of my unexpected delights, so much so that it was one of my 'favourite five' Fantasy novels of the year. It shouldn?t be a surprise then that I was really looking forward to this one. Dreadful Company begins pr...

    Dreadful Company builds on the strengths of the first volume in the series, delivering another solid urban fantasy adventure. Dreadful Company is the second novel from Vivian Shaw in the Dr Greta Helsing series, following last year's Strange Practice. Readers who follow a fair bit o...

    I really wasn?t as enamoured with this one versus the first one of the series. The characters were hard to tell apart given that the new ones were introduced properly or developed until too late in the book. I wanted to really enjoy it, but found it tasking at the beginning. In the e...

    I am enamoured I love this world of cute monsters, demonic corporate structures, vampires who believe in their own worst stereotypes, and a dedicated doctor of really really alternative medicine. Please continue as long as you are able, and thank you. ...

    I loved the first book of this series so much I immediately dove into the sequel and I have no regrets for binge reading them and going off my reading schedule for this one. It?s such a wonderful follow-up. One of the things I loved most about the first one was the characters, and...

    Greta Helsing, doctor to the supernatural, is kidnapped by a coven of vampires while attending a medical conference in Paris. I very much enjoyed the first book in this series but this sequel disappointed me somewhat. I wanted to spend more time with Greta and her medical practice i...

    Not enough dread in this one. Never felt any real threat from the feckless Corvin or from the time slips. Maybe the writing was a little too light hearted and the monsters a little too cute and sweet to make me take the situation seriously..... ...

    4+ stars! Another exceptional read from Vivian Shaw! I'm not one to generally go along with the sort of Hollywood-esque praise (you know: love love kiss kiss, let's do lunch DAH-ling) that is oft included in the small-case, roman-numeraled pages of new books. However, I am going to ...

    Oh, that was just a ridiculous amount of fun. With the first book of this series, there was an awkward getting-to-know-you phase that one had to get through in order to get to the story. Shaw's writing seems sharper and more confident this time around, and she's figured out how to ...

    I was going to rate this 3 stars because while I enjoyed it I didn't loved it as much as Strange Practice. But still in the end it ended up being another hit mainly thanks to the great cast of characters. While Strange Practice had the characters almost always together and working ...

    Seriously delightful second book in this series takes our heroine to Paris and a certain Opera House -- that one, the one with the chandelier -- as well as into lots and lots of underground tunnels. Because it is Paris and Helsing, there's catacombs, vampires (dreadful and nice), vampy...

    More fun than a boisterous puffin having an pint and an ice cream with a chocolate flake in it, Dreadful Company continues Greta Helsing's adventures in Paris this time, widening her world and gang of friends at the same time. The plot moves at a fine though not over-rushed pace and th...

  • Doctor Science
    Sep 27, 2018

    An enormously enjoyable urban fantasy heavily based in period pulp (any book where Varney the Vampyre is back and has anxiety is all right with me). Greta is a lovely moral heroine, her gang of vampires, demon, psychopomps in Led Zeppelin T-shorts etc are great fun, there's a delightfu...

    Urban fantasy with heart would be how I'd describe this series - whatever happens, the overall sense of how things should be never changes, and the ultimate goal remains the same: right wrongs, help those who need it, and encounter all sorts of interesting monsters along the way. Th...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/08/13/... Despite the mixed reviews for Strange Practice, I ended up enjoying it a lot and was very excited for Dreadful Company. Ironically though, it?s now this sequel that?s making me feel a bit conflicted. It...

    This is an odd thing to say about a book about vampires, other monsters, and the medical doctor who specializes in treating their ailments, but I really like the vocabulary and many of the sentences in this book (as well as book one). The text is often ironic and the author had me laug...

    Dreadful Company was a nice follow-up to Vivan Shaw's excellent debut novel Strange Practice. Was it enjoyable? Overall, yes. Was it as strong as the first book? Not quite. For me, the main draw of the Greta Helsing series is the supernatural doctor stuff. It is so original and Gret...

    Reviewed for The Bibliophibian. I was so excited to get this, and then I didn?t want to be over, and took longer than I should?ve to actually finish it. But while I was reading it, I was mainlining it: chunks and chunks of it all at once. I find Vivian Shaw?s writing just real...

    This picks up a few months after the first book, it's interesting to see where things have gone since that story ended and how the characters have changed or grown. The same warmth and humour is present in the writing and the sense of a wider much more complicated hidden world we saw a...

    Greta is in Paris for a conference where she encounters true horror: a coven of poser vampires, as lacking in ethics as taste. The horror. The horror. I enjoyed the expanded characters, especially the French werewolf! This series has fuel for miles. Give me more! ...

    A book for all Seasons: related to this season ...

    I definitely prefer the original. I find this sequel lacklustre, and at 70-something percent, nearly DNF'ed. I only pushed on because I've already gone too far up the road, but it wasn't really reading so much as skimming. Here's what worked: I like seeing the old gang back. Grisa...

    YES YES YES I'm so excited to read this! Despite not greatly enjoying bits of strange practice, I loved the way ending and want more of Greta and company! Dreadful company.... ? ...

    A lot of this is really beautifully-written, especially the descriptions of Paris. It's also a book about a kind person being competent, which I really need right now. Partway through I realized I was smiling because I was just so happy to be a reading a good book about people I like. ...

  • Tony
    Aug 21, 2018

    An enormously enjoyable urban fantasy heavily based in period pulp (any book where Varney the Vampyre is back and has anxiety is all right with me). Greta is a lovely moral heroine, her gang of vampires, demon, psychopomps in Led Zeppelin T-shorts etc are great fun, there's a delightfu...

    Urban fantasy with heart would be how I'd describe this series - whatever happens, the overall sense of how things should be never changes, and the ultimate goal remains the same: right wrongs, help those who need it, and encounter all sorts of interesting monsters along the way. Th...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/08/13/... Despite the mixed reviews for Strange Practice, I ended up enjoying it a lot and was very excited for Dreadful Company. Ironically though, it?s now this sequel that?s making me feel a bit conflicted. It...

    This is an odd thing to say about a book about vampires, other monsters, and the medical doctor who specializes in treating their ailments, but I really like the vocabulary and many of the sentences in this book (as well as book one). The text is often ironic and the author had me laug...

    Dreadful Company was a nice follow-up to Vivan Shaw's excellent debut novel Strange Practice. Was it enjoyable? Overall, yes. Was it as strong as the first book? Not quite. For me, the main draw of the Greta Helsing series is the supernatural doctor stuff. It is so original and Gret...

    Reviewed for The Bibliophibian. I was so excited to get this, and then I didn?t want to be over, and took longer than I should?ve to actually finish it. But while I was reading it, I was mainlining it: chunks and chunks of it all at once. I find Vivian Shaw?s writing just real...

    This picks up a few months after the first book, it's interesting to see where things have gone since that story ended and how the characters have changed or grown. The same warmth and humour is present in the writing and the sense of a wider much more complicated hidden world we saw a...

    Greta is in Paris for a conference where she encounters true horror: a coven of poser vampires, as lacking in ethics as taste. The horror. The horror. I enjoyed the expanded characters, especially the French werewolf! This series has fuel for miles. Give me more! ...

    A book for all Seasons: related to this season ...

    I definitely prefer the original. I find this sequel lacklustre, and at 70-something percent, nearly DNF'ed. I only pushed on because I've already gone too far up the road, but it wasn't really reading so much as skimming. Here's what worked: I like seeing the old gang back. Grisa...

    YES YES YES I'm so excited to read this! Despite not greatly enjoying bits of strange practice, I loved the way ending and want more of Greta and company! Dreadful company.... ? ...

    A lot of this is really beautifully-written, especially the descriptions of Paris. It's also a book about a kind person being competent, which I really need right now. Partway through I realized I was smiling because I was just so happy to be a reading a good book about people I like. ...

    The first book in this series is one of my favorites ever, and the second book is no different. Vivian Shaw takes plenty of my favorite classic stories and a lot of very good stuff from her own very good brain and blends it into the perfect story. Nothing makes me happier than a new st...

    God, do I love this series. If you like Ben Aaronovitch's RIVERS OF LONDON series, but find at times that the writing gets a little too abstract and strays from the point (as I sometimes find when reading them), this series is the perfect antidote. It's got everything I could want in a...

    Last year, Strange Practice, the first in this ongoing series, was one of my unexpected delights, so much so that it was one of my 'favourite five' Fantasy novels of the year. It shouldn?t be a surprise then that I was really looking forward to this one. Dreadful Company begins pr...

    Dreadful Company builds on the strengths of the first volume in the series, delivering another solid urban fantasy adventure. Dreadful Company is the second novel from Vivian Shaw in the Dr Greta Helsing series, following last year's Strange Practice. Readers who follow a fair bit o...

    I really wasn?t as enamoured with this one versus the first one of the series. The characters were hard to tell apart given that the new ones were introduced properly or developed until too late in the book. I wanted to really enjoy it, but found it tasking at the beginning. In the e...

    I am enamoured I love this world of cute monsters, demonic corporate structures, vampires who believe in their own worst stereotypes, and a dedicated doctor of really really alternative medicine. Please continue as long as you are able, and thank you. ...

    I loved the first book of this series so much I immediately dove into the sequel and I have no regrets for binge reading them and going off my reading schedule for this one. It?s such a wonderful follow-up. One of the things I loved most about the first one was the characters, and...

    Greta Helsing, doctor to the supernatural, is kidnapped by a coven of vampires while attending a medical conference in Paris. I very much enjoyed the first book in this series but this sequel disappointed me somewhat. I wanted to spend more time with Greta and her medical practice i...

    Not enough dread in this one. Never felt any real threat from the feckless Corvin or from the time slips. Maybe the writing was a little too light hearted and the monsters a little too cute and sweet to make me take the situation seriously..... ...

    4+ stars! Another exceptional read from Vivian Shaw! I'm not one to generally go along with the sort of Hollywood-esque praise (you know: love love kiss kiss, let's do lunch DAH-ling) that is oft included in the small-case, roman-numeraled pages of new books. However, I am going to ...

    Oh, that was just a ridiculous amount of fun. With the first book of this series, there was an awkward getting-to-know-you phase that one had to get through in order to get to the story. Shaw's writing seems sharper and more confident this time around, and she's figured out how to ...

    I was going to rate this 3 stars because while I enjoyed it I didn't loved it as much as Strange Practice. But still in the end it ended up being another hit mainly thanks to the great cast of characters. While Strange Practice had the characters almost always together and working ...

    Seriously delightful second book in this series takes our heroine to Paris and a certain Opera House -- that one, the one with the chandelier -- as well as into lots and lots of underground tunnels. Because it is Paris and Helsing, there's catacombs, vampires (dreadful and nice), vampy...

    More fun than a boisterous puffin having an pint and an ice cream with a chocolate flake in it, Dreadful Company continues Greta Helsing's adventures in Paris this time, widening her world and gang of friends at the same time. The plot moves at a fine though not over-rushed pace and th...

    A very satisfying follow-up to Strange Practice, the second in the Dr. Greta Helsing series takes place in Paris. Shaw's writing is economical, keeping the action brisk while also managing to fit in plenty of literary and cultural references. The complex homage to Phantom of the Opera ...

  • David Thalenberg
    Jul 25, 2018

    An enormously enjoyable urban fantasy heavily based in period pulp (any book where Varney the Vampyre is back and has anxiety is all right with me). Greta is a lovely moral heroine, her gang of vampires, demon, psychopomps in Led Zeppelin T-shorts etc are great fun, there's a delightfu...

    Urban fantasy with heart would be how I'd describe this series - whatever happens, the overall sense of how things should be never changes, and the ultimate goal remains the same: right wrongs, help those who need it, and encounter all sorts of interesting monsters along the way. Th...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/08/13/... Despite the mixed reviews for Strange Practice, I ended up enjoying it a lot and was very excited for Dreadful Company. Ironically though, it?s now this sequel that?s making me feel a bit conflicted. It...

    This is an odd thing to say about a book about vampires, other monsters, and the medical doctor who specializes in treating their ailments, but I really like the vocabulary and many of the sentences in this book (as well as book one). The text is often ironic and the author had me laug...

    Dreadful Company was a nice follow-up to Vivan Shaw's excellent debut novel Strange Practice. Was it enjoyable? Overall, yes. Was it as strong as the first book? Not quite. For me, the main draw of the Greta Helsing series is the supernatural doctor stuff. It is so original and Gret...

    Reviewed for The Bibliophibian. I was so excited to get this, and then I didn?t want to be over, and took longer than I should?ve to actually finish it. But while I was reading it, I was mainlining it: chunks and chunks of it all at once. I find Vivian Shaw?s writing just real...

    This picks up a few months after the first book, it's interesting to see where things have gone since that story ended and how the characters have changed or grown. The same warmth and humour is present in the writing and the sense of a wider much more complicated hidden world we saw a...

    Greta is in Paris for a conference where she encounters true horror: a coven of poser vampires, as lacking in ethics as taste. The horror. The horror. I enjoyed the expanded characters, especially the French werewolf! This series has fuel for miles. Give me more! ...

    A book for all Seasons: related to this season ...

    I definitely prefer the original. I find this sequel lacklustre, and at 70-something percent, nearly DNF'ed. I only pushed on because I've already gone too far up the road, but it wasn't really reading so much as skimming. Here's what worked: I like seeing the old gang back. Grisa...

    YES YES YES I'm so excited to read this! Despite not greatly enjoying bits of strange practice, I loved the way ending and want more of Greta and company! Dreadful company.... ? ...

    A lot of this is really beautifully-written, especially the descriptions of Paris. It's also a book about a kind person being competent, which I really need right now. Partway through I realized I was smiling because I was just so happy to be a reading a good book about people I like. ...

    The first book in this series is one of my favorites ever, and the second book is no different. Vivian Shaw takes plenty of my favorite classic stories and a lot of very good stuff from her own very good brain and blends it into the perfect story. Nothing makes me happier than a new st...

    God, do I love this series. If you like Ben Aaronovitch's RIVERS OF LONDON series, but find at times that the writing gets a little too abstract and strays from the point (as I sometimes find when reading them), this series is the perfect antidote. It's got everything I could want in a...

    Last year, Strange Practice, the first in this ongoing series, was one of my unexpected delights, so much so that it was one of my 'favourite five' Fantasy novels of the year. It shouldn?t be a surprise then that I was really looking forward to this one. Dreadful Company begins pr...

    Dreadful Company builds on the strengths of the first volume in the series, delivering another solid urban fantasy adventure. Dreadful Company is the second novel from Vivian Shaw in the Dr Greta Helsing series, following last year's Strange Practice. Readers who follow a fair bit o...

    I really wasn?t as enamoured with this one versus the first one of the series. The characters were hard to tell apart given that the new ones were introduced properly or developed until too late in the book. I wanted to really enjoy it, but found it tasking at the beginning. In the e...

    I am enamoured I love this world of cute monsters, demonic corporate structures, vampires who believe in their own worst stereotypes, and a dedicated doctor of really really alternative medicine. Please continue as long as you are able, and thank you. ...

  • Kate
    Aug 06, 2018

    An enormously enjoyable urban fantasy heavily based in period pulp (any book where Varney the Vampyre is back and has anxiety is all right with me). Greta is a lovely moral heroine, her gang of vampires, demon, psychopomps in Led Zeppelin T-shorts etc are great fun, there's a delightfu...

    Urban fantasy with heart would be how I'd describe this series - whatever happens, the overall sense of how things should be never changes, and the ultimate goal remains the same: right wrongs, help those who need it, and encounter all sorts of interesting monsters along the way. Th...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/08/13/... Despite the mixed reviews for Strange Practice, I ended up enjoying it a lot and was very excited for Dreadful Company. Ironically though, it?s now this sequel that?s making me feel a bit conflicted. It...

    This is an odd thing to say about a book about vampires, other monsters, and the medical doctor who specializes in treating their ailments, but I really like the vocabulary and many of the sentences in this book (as well as book one). The text is often ironic and the author had me laug...

    Dreadful Company was a nice follow-up to Vivan Shaw's excellent debut novel Strange Practice. Was it enjoyable? Overall, yes. Was it as strong as the first book? Not quite. For me, the main draw of the Greta Helsing series is the supernatural doctor stuff. It is so original and Gret...

    Reviewed for The Bibliophibian. I was so excited to get this, and then I didn?t want to be over, and took longer than I should?ve to actually finish it. But while I was reading it, I was mainlining it: chunks and chunks of it all at once. I find Vivian Shaw?s writing just real...

    This picks up a few months after the first book, it's interesting to see where things have gone since that story ended and how the characters have changed or grown. The same warmth and humour is present in the writing and the sense of a wider much more complicated hidden world we saw a...

    Greta is in Paris for a conference where she encounters true horror: a coven of poser vampires, as lacking in ethics as taste. The horror. The horror. I enjoyed the expanded characters, especially the French werewolf! This series has fuel for miles. Give me more! ...

    A book for all Seasons: related to this season ...

    I definitely prefer the original. I find this sequel lacklustre, and at 70-something percent, nearly DNF'ed. I only pushed on because I've already gone too far up the road, but it wasn't really reading so much as skimming. Here's what worked: I like seeing the old gang back. Grisa...

    YES YES YES I'm so excited to read this! Despite not greatly enjoying bits of strange practice, I loved the way ending and want more of Greta and company! Dreadful company.... ? ...

    A lot of this is really beautifully-written, especially the descriptions of Paris. It's also a book about a kind person being competent, which I really need right now. Partway through I realized I was smiling because I was just so happy to be a reading a good book about people I like. ...

    The first book in this series is one of my favorites ever, and the second book is no different. Vivian Shaw takes plenty of my favorite classic stories and a lot of very good stuff from her own very good brain and blends it into the perfect story. Nothing makes me happier than a new st...

  • Lata
    Sep 13, 2018

    An enormously enjoyable urban fantasy heavily based in period pulp (any book where Varney the Vampyre is back and has anxiety is all right with me). Greta is a lovely moral heroine, her gang of vampires, demon, psychopomps in Led Zeppelin T-shorts etc are great fun, there's a delightfu...

    Urban fantasy with heart would be how I'd describe this series - whatever happens, the overall sense of how things should be never changes, and the ultimate goal remains the same: right wrongs, help those who need it, and encounter all sorts of interesting monsters along the way. Th...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/08/13/... Despite the mixed reviews for Strange Practice, I ended up enjoying it a lot and was very excited for Dreadful Company. Ironically though, it?s now this sequel that?s making me feel a bit conflicted. It...

    This is an odd thing to say about a book about vampires, other monsters, and the medical doctor who specializes in treating their ailments, but I really like the vocabulary and many of the sentences in this book (as well as book one). The text is often ironic and the author had me laug...

  • Hackmops
    Jul 29, 2018

    An enormously enjoyable urban fantasy heavily based in period pulp (any book where Varney the Vampyre is back and has anxiety is all right with me). Greta is a lovely moral heroine, her gang of vampires, demon, psychopomps in Led Zeppelin T-shorts etc are great fun, there's a delightfu...

    Urban fantasy with heart would be how I'd describe this series - whatever happens, the overall sense of how things should be never changes, and the ultimate goal remains the same: right wrongs, help those who need it, and encounter all sorts of interesting monsters along the way. Th...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/08/13/... Despite the mixed reviews for Strange Practice, I ended up enjoying it a lot and was very excited for Dreadful Company. Ironically though, it?s now this sequel that?s making me feel a bit conflicted. It...

    This is an odd thing to say about a book about vampires, other monsters, and the medical doctor who specializes in treating their ailments, but I really like the vocabulary and many of the sentences in this book (as well as book one). The text is often ironic and the author had me laug...

    Dreadful Company was a nice follow-up to Vivan Shaw's excellent debut novel Strange Practice. Was it enjoyable? Overall, yes. Was it as strong as the first book? Not quite. For me, the main draw of the Greta Helsing series is the supernatural doctor stuff. It is so original and Gret...

  • Nick
    Sep 06, 2018

    An enormously enjoyable urban fantasy heavily based in period pulp (any book where Varney the Vampyre is back and has anxiety is all right with me). Greta is a lovely moral heroine, her gang of vampires, demon, psychopomps in Led Zeppelin T-shorts etc are great fun, there's a delightfu...

    Urban fantasy with heart would be how I'd describe this series - whatever happens, the overall sense of how things should be never changes, and the ultimate goal remains the same: right wrongs, help those who need it, and encounter all sorts of interesting monsters along the way. Th...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/08/13/... Despite the mixed reviews for Strange Practice, I ended up enjoying it a lot and was very excited for Dreadful Company. Ironically though, it?s now this sequel that?s making me feel a bit conflicted. It...

    This is an odd thing to say about a book about vampires, other monsters, and the medical doctor who specializes in treating their ailments, but I really like the vocabulary and many of the sentences in this book (as well as book one). The text is often ironic and the author had me laug...

    Dreadful Company was a nice follow-up to Vivan Shaw's excellent debut novel Strange Practice. Was it enjoyable? Overall, yes. Was it as strong as the first book? Not quite. For me, the main draw of the Greta Helsing series is the supernatural doctor stuff. It is so original and Gret...

    Reviewed for The Bibliophibian. I was so excited to get this, and then I didn?t want to be over, and took longer than I should?ve to actually finish it. But while I was reading it, I was mainlining it: chunks and chunks of it all at once. I find Vivian Shaw?s writing just real...

    This picks up a few months after the first book, it's interesting to see where things have gone since that story ended and how the characters have changed or grown. The same warmth and humour is present in the writing and the sense of a wider much more complicated hidden world we saw a...

  • Yaaresse
    Aug 17, 2018

    An enormously enjoyable urban fantasy heavily based in period pulp (any book where Varney the Vampyre is back and has anxiety is all right with me). Greta is a lovely moral heroine, her gang of vampires, demon, psychopomps in Led Zeppelin T-shorts etc are great fun, there's a delightfu...

    Urban fantasy with heart would be how I'd describe this series - whatever happens, the overall sense of how things should be never changes, and the ultimate goal remains the same: right wrongs, help those who need it, and encounter all sorts of interesting monsters along the way. Th...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/08/13/... Despite the mixed reviews for Strange Practice, I ended up enjoying it a lot and was very excited for Dreadful Company. Ironically though, it?s now this sequel that?s making me feel a bit conflicted. It...

    This is an odd thing to say about a book about vampires, other monsters, and the medical doctor who specializes in treating their ailments, but I really like the vocabulary and many of the sentences in this book (as well as book one). The text is often ironic and the author had me laug...

    Dreadful Company was a nice follow-up to Vivan Shaw's excellent debut novel Strange Practice. Was it enjoyable? Overall, yes. Was it as strong as the first book? Not quite. For me, the main draw of the Greta Helsing series is the supernatural doctor stuff. It is so original and Gret...

    Reviewed for The Bibliophibian. I was so excited to get this, and then I didn?t want to be over, and took longer than I should?ve to actually finish it. But while I was reading it, I was mainlining it: chunks and chunks of it all at once. I find Vivian Shaw?s writing just real...

    This picks up a few months after the first book, it's interesting to see where things have gone since that story ended and how the characters have changed or grown. The same warmth and humour is present in the writing and the sense of a wider much more complicated hidden world we saw a...

    Greta is in Paris for a conference where she encounters true horror: a coven of poser vampires, as lacking in ethics as taste. The horror. The horror. I enjoyed the expanded characters, especially the French werewolf! This series has fuel for miles. Give me more! ...

    A book for all Seasons: related to this season ...

    I definitely prefer the original. I find this sequel lacklustre, and at 70-something percent, nearly DNF'ed. I only pushed on because I've already gone too far up the road, but it wasn't really reading so much as skimming. Here's what worked: I like seeing the old gang back. Grisa...

    YES YES YES I'm so excited to read this! Despite not greatly enjoying bits of strange practice, I loved the way ending and want more of Greta and company! Dreadful company.... ? ...

    A lot of this is really beautifully-written, especially the descriptions of Paris. It's also a book about a kind person being competent, which I really need right now. Partway through I realized I was smiling because I was just so happy to be a reading a good book about people I like. ...

    The first book in this series is one of my favorites ever, and the second book is no different. Vivian Shaw takes plenty of my favorite classic stories and a lot of very good stuff from her own very good brain and blends it into the perfect story. Nothing makes me happier than a new st...

    God, do I love this series. If you like Ben Aaronovitch's RIVERS OF LONDON series, but find at times that the writing gets a little too abstract and strays from the point (as I sometimes find when reading them), this series is the perfect antidote. It's got everything I could want in a...

    Last year, Strange Practice, the first in this ongoing series, was one of my unexpected delights, so much so that it was one of my 'favourite five' Fantasy novels of the year. It shouldn?t be a surprise then that I was really looking forward to this one. Dreadful Company begins pr...

    Dreadful Company builds on the strengths of the first volume in the series, delivering another solid urban fantasy adventure. Dreadful Company is the second novel from Vivian Shaw in the Dr Greta Helsing series, following last year's Strange Practice. Readers who follow a fair bit o...

    I really wasn?t as enamoured with this one versus the first one of the series. The characters were hard to tell apart given that the new ones were introduced properly or developed until too late in the book. I wanted to really enjoy it, but found it tasking at the beginning. In the e...

    I am enamoured I love this world of cute monsters, demonic corporate structures, vampires who believe in their own worst stereotypes, and a dedicated doctor of really really alternative medicine. Please continue as long as you are able, and thank you. ...

    I loved the first book of this series so much I immediately dove into the sequel and I have no regrets for binge reading them and going off my reading schedule for this one. It?s such a wonderful follow-up. One of the things I loved most about the first one was the characters, and...

    Greta Helsing, doctor to the supernatural, is kidnapped by a coven of vampires while attending a medical conference in Paris. I very much enjoyed the first book in this series but this sequel disappointed me somewhat. I wanted to spend more time with Greta and her medical practice i...

    Not enough dread in this one. Never felt any real threat from the feckless Corvin or from the time slips. Maybe the writing was a little too light hearted and the monsters a little too cute and sweet to make me take the situation seriously..... ...

    4+ stars! Another exceptional read from Vivian Shaw! I'm not one to generally go along with the sort of Hollywood-esque praise (you know: love love kiss kiss, let's do lunch DAH-ling) that is oft included in the small-case, roman-numeraled pages of new books. However, I am going to ...

    Oh, that was just a ridiculous amount of fun. With the first book of this series, there was an awkward getting-to-know-you phase that one had to get through in order to get to the story. Shaw's writing seems sharper and more confident this time around, and she's figured out how to ...

  • K.J. Charles
    Nov 07, 2018

    An enormously enjoyable urban fantasy heavily based in period pulp (any book where Varney the Vampyre is back and has anxiety is all right with me). Greta is a lovely moral heroine, her gang of vampires, demon, psychopomps in Led Zeppelin T-shorts etc are great fun, there's a delightfu...

  • Abby
    Aug 28, 2018

    An enormously enjoyable urban fantasy heavily based in period pulp (any book where Varney the Vampyre is back and has anxiety is all right with me). Greta is a lovely moral heroine, her gang of vampires, demon, psychopomps in Led Zeppelin T-shorts etc are great fun, there's a delightfu...

    Urban fantasy with heart would be how I'd describe this series - whatever happens, the overall sense of how things should be never changes, and the ultimate goal remains the same: right wrongs, help those who need it, and encounter all sorts of interesting monsters along the way. Th...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/08/13/... Despite the mixed reviews for Strange Practice, I ended up enjoying it a lot and was very excited for Dreadful Company. Ironically though, it?s now this sequel that?s making me feel a bit conflicted. It...

    This is an odd thing to say about a book about vampires, other monsters, and the medical doctor who specializes in treating their ailments, but I really like the vocabulary and many of the sentences in this book (as well as book one). The text is often ironic and the author had me laug...

    Dreadful Company was a nice follow-up to Vivan Shaw's excellent debut novel Strange Practice. Was it enjoyable? Overall, yes. Was it as strong as the first book? Not quite. For me, the main draw of the Greta Helsing series is the supernatural doctor stuff. It is so original and Gret...

    Reviewed for The Bibliophibian. I was so excited to get this, and then I didn?t want to be over, and took longer than I should?ve to actually finish it. But while I was reading it, I was mainlining it: chunks and chunks of it all at once. I find Vivian Shaw?s writing just real...

    This picks up a few months after the first book, it's interesting to see where things have gone since that story ended and how the characters have changed or grown. The same warmth and humour is present in the writing and the sense of a wider much more complicated hidden world we saw a...

    Greta is in Paris for a conference where she encounters true horror: a coven of poser vampires, as lacking in ethics as taste. The horror. The horror. I enjoyed the expanded characters, especially the French werewolf! This series has fuel for miles. Give me more! ...

    A book for all Seasons: related to this season ...

    I definitely prefer the original. I find this sequel lacklustre, and at 70-something percent, nearly DNF'ed. I only pushed on because I've already gone too far up the road, but it wasn't really reading so much as skimming. Here's what worked: I like seeing the old gang back. Grisa...

    YES YES YES I'm so excited to read this! Despite not greatly enjoying bits of strange practice, I loved the way ending and want more of Greta and company! Dreadful company.... ? ...

    A lot of this is really beautifully-written, especially the descriptions of Paris. It's also a book about a kind person being competent, which I really need right now. Partway through I realized I was smiling because I was just so happy to be a reading a good book about people I like. ...

    The first book in this series is one of my favorites ever, and the second book is no different. Vivian Shaw takes plenty of my favorite classic stories and a lot of very good stuff from her own very good brain and blends it into the perfect story. Nothing makes me happier than a new st...

    God, do I love this series. If you like Ben Aaronovitch's RIVERS OF LONDON series, but find at times that the writing gets a little too abstract and strays from the point (as I sometimes find when reading them), this series is the perfect antidote. It's got everything I could want in a...

    Last year, Strange Practice, the first in this ongoing series, was one of my unexpected delights, so much so that it was one of my 'favourite five' Fantasy novels of the year. It shouldn?t be a surprise then that I was really looking forward to this one. Dreadful Company begins pr...

    Dreadful Company builds on the strengths of the first volume in the series, delivering another solid urban fantasy adventure. Dreadful Company is the second novel from Vivian Shaw in the Dr Greta Helsing series, following last year's Strange Practice. Readers who follow a fair bit o...

    I really wasn?t as enamoured with this one versus the first one of the series. The characters were hard to tell apart given that the new ones were introduced properly or developed until too late in the book. I wanted to really enjoy it, but found it tasking at the beginning. In the e...

    I am enamoured I love this world of cute monsters, demonic corporate structures, vampires who believe in their own worst stereotypes, and a dedicated doctor of really really alternative medicine. Please continue as long as you are able, and thank you. ...

    I loved the first book of this series so much I immediately dove into the sequel and I have no regrets for binge reading them and going off my reading schedule for this one. It?s such a wonderful follow-up. One of the things I loved most about the first one was the characters, and...

    Greta Helsing, doctor to the supernatural, is kidnapped by a coven of vampires while attending a medical conference in Paris. I very much enjoyed the first book in this series but this sequel disappointed me somewhat. I wanted to spend more time with Greta and her medical practice i...

    Not enough dread in this one. Never felt any real threat from the feckless Corvin or from the time slips. Maybe the writing was a little too light hearted and the monsters a little too cute and sweet to make me take the situation seriously..... ...

    4+ stars! Another exceptional read from Vivian Shaw! I'm not one to generally go along with the sort of Hollywood-esque praise (you know: love love kiss kiss, let's do lunch DAH-ling) that is oft included in the small-case, roman-numeraled pages of new books. However, I am going to ...

    Oh, that was just a ridiculous amount of fun. With the first book of this series, there was an awkward getting-to-know-you phase that one had to get through in order to get to the story. Shaw's writing seems sharper and more confident this time around, and she's figured out how to ...

    I was going to rate this 3 stars because while I enjoyed it I didn't loved it as much as Strange Practice. But still in the end it ended up being another hit mainly thanks to the great cast of characters. While Strange Practice had the characters almost always together and working ...

    Seriously delightful second book in this series takes our heroine to Paris and a certain Opera House -- that one, the one with the chandelier -- as well as into lots and lots of underground tunnels. Because it is Paris and Helsing, there's catacombs, vampires (dreadful and nice), vampy...

    More fun than a boisterous puffin having an pint and an ice cream with a chocolate flake in it, Dreadful Company continues Greta Helsing's adventures in Paris this time, widening her world and gang of friends at the same time. The plot moves at a fine though not over-rushed pace and th...

    A very satisfying follow-up to Strange Practice, the second in the Dr. Greta Helsing series takes place in Paris. Shaw's writing is economical, keeping the action brisk while also managing to fit in plenty of literary and cultural references. The complex homage to Phantom of the Opera ...

    I loved this book. I would happily move into the world Vivian Shaw?s constructed for us if I had any useful skills to offer. Once again, she delightfully mixes references from pop culture with concepts from heavy old classics of nineteenth century horror fiction that can still freeze...

    A great sequel to Strange Practice. Greta proved that she is very resourceful and capable of accomplishing things on her own. I also loved the relationship growth between her and Varney. Too many authors have their MC stuck in relationship limbo for too long, but Shaw has definitely av...

  • Lucille
    Aug 15, 2018

    An enormously enjoyable urban fantasy heavily based in period pulp (any book where Varney the Vampyre is back and has anxiety is all right with me). Greta is a lovely moral heroine, her gang of vampires, demon, psychopomps in Led Zeppelin T-shorts etc are great fun, there's a delightfu...

    Urban fantasy with heart would be how I'd describe this series - whatever happens, the overall sense of how things should be never changes, and the ultimate goal remains the same: right wrongs, help those who need it, and encounter all sorts of interesting monsters along the way. Th...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/08/13/... Despite the mixed reviews for Strange Practice, I ended up enjoying it a lot and was very excited for Dreadful Company. Ironically though, it?s now this sequel that?s making me feel a bit conflicted. It...

    This is an odd thing to say about a book about vampires, other monsters, and the medical doctor who specializes in treating their ailments, but I really like the vocabulary and many of the sentences in this book (as well as book one). The text is often ironic and the author had me laug...

    Dreadful Company was a nice follow-up to Vivan Shaw's excellent debut novel Strange Practice. Was it enjoyable? Overall, yes. Was it as strong as the first book? Not quite. For me, the main draw of the Greta Helsing series is the supernatural doctor stuff. It is so original and Gret...

    Reviewed for The Bibliophibian. I was so excited to get this, and then I didn?t want to be over, and took longer than I should?ve to actually finish it. But while I was reading it, I was mainlining it: chunks and chunks of it all at once. I find Vivian Shaw?s writing just real...

    This picks up a few months after the first book, it's interesting to see where things have gone since that story ended and how the characters have changed or grown. The same warmth and humour is present in the writing and the sense of a wider much more complicated hidden world we saw a...

    Greta is in Paris for a conference where she encounters true horror: a coven of poser vampires, as lacking in ethics as taste. The horror. The horror. I enjoyed the expanded characters, especially the French werewolf! This series has fuel for miles. Give me more! ...

    A book for all Seasons: related to this season ...

    I definitely prefer the original. I find this sequel lacklustre, and at 70-something percent, nearly DNF'ed. I only pushed on because I've already gone too far up the road, but it wasn't really reading so much as skimming. Here's what worked: I like seeing the old gang back. Grisa...

    YES YES YES I'm so excited to read this! Despite not greatly enjoying bits of strange practice, I loved the way ending and want more of Greta and company! Dreadful company.... ? ...

    A lot of this is really beautifully-written, especially the descriptions of Paris. It's also a book about a kind person being competent, which I really need right now. Partway through I realized I was smiling because I was just so happy to be a reading a good book about people I like. ...

    The first book in this series is one of my favorites ever, and the second book is no different. Vivian Shaw takes plenty of my favorite classic stories and a lot of very good stuff from her own very good brain and blends it into the perfect story. Nothing makes me happier than a new st...

    God, do I love this series. If you like Ben Aaronovitch's RIVERS OF LONDON series, but find at times that the writing gets a little too abstract and strays from the point (as I sometimes find when reading them), this series is the perfect antidote. It's got everything I could want in a...

    Last year, Strange Practice, the first in this ongoing series, was one of my unexpected delights, so much so that it was one of my 'favourite five' Fantasy novels of the year. It shouldn?t be a surprise then that I was really looking forward to this one. Dreadful Company begins pr...

    Dreadful Company builds on the strengths of the first volume in the series, delivering another solid urban fantasy adventure. Dreadful Company is the second novel from Vivian Shaw in the Dr Greta Helsing series, following last year's Strange Practice. Readers who follow a fair bit o...

    I really wasn?t as enamoured with this one versus the first one of the series. The characters were hard to tell apart given that the new ones were introduced properly or developed until too late in the book. I wanted to really enjoy it, but found it tasking at the beginning. In the e...

    I am enamoured I love this world of cute monsters, demonic corporate structures, vampires who believe in their own worst stereotypes, and a dedicated doctor of really really alternative medicine. Please continue as long as you are able, and thank you. ...

    I loved the first book of this series so much I immediately dove into the sequel and I have no regrets for binge reading them and going off my reading schedule for this one. It?s such a wonderful follow-up. One of the things I loved most about the first one was the characters, and...

    Greta Helsing, doctor to the supernatural, is kidnapped by a coven of vampires while attending a medical conference in Paris. I very much enjoyed the first book in this series but this sequel disappointed me somewhat. I wanted to spend more time with Greta and her medical practice i...

    Not enough dread in this one. Never felt any real threat from the feckless Corvin or from the time slips. Maybe the writing was a little too light hearted and the monsters a little too cute and sweet to make me take the situation seriously..... ...

    4+ stars! Another exceptional read from Vivian Shaw! I'm not one to generally go along with the sort of Hollywood-esque praise (you know: love love kiss kiss, let's do lunch DAH-ling) that is oft included in the small-case, roman-numeraled pages of new books. However, I am going to ...

    Oh, that was just a ridiculous amount of fun. With the first book of this series, there was an awkward getting-to-know-you phase that one had to get through in order to get to the story. Shaw's writing seems sharper and more confident this time around, and she's figured out how to ...

    I was going to rate this 3 stars because while I enjoyed it I didn't loved it as much as Strange Practice. But still in the end it ended up being another hit mainly thanks to the great cast of characters. While Strange Practice had the characters almost always together and working ...

  • Lisa
    Sep 21, 2018

    An enormously enjoyable urban fantasy heavily based in period pulp (any book where Varney the Vampyre is back and has anxiety is all right with me). Greta is a lovely moral heroine, her gang of vampires, demon, psychopomps in Led Zeppelin T-shorts etc are great fun, there's a delightfu...

    Urban fantasy with heart would be how I'd describe this series - whatever happens, the overall sense of how things should be never changes, and the ultimate goal remains the same: right wrongs, help those who need it, and encounter all sorts of interesting monsters along the way. Th...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/08/13/... Despite the mixed reviews for Strange Practice, I ended up enjoying it a lot and was very excited for Dreadful Company. Ironically though, it?s now this sequel that?s making me feel a bit conflicted. It...

    This is an odd thing to say about a book about vampires, other monsters, and the medical doctor who specializes in treating their ailments, but I really like the vocabulary and many of the sentences in this book (as well as book one). The text is often ironic and the author had me laug...

    Dreadful Company was a nice follow-up to Vivan Shaw's excellent debut novel Strange Practice. Was it enjoyable? Overall, yes. Was it as strong as the first book? Not quite. For me, the main draw of the Greta Helsing series is the supernatural doctor stuff. It is so original and Gret...

    Reviewed for The Bibliophibian. I was so excited to get this, and then I didn?t want to be over, and took longer than I should?ve to actually finish it. But while I was reading it, I was mainlining it: chunks and chunks of it all at once. I find Vivian Shaw?s writing just real...

    This picks up a few months after the first book, it's interesting to see where things have gone since that story ended and how the characters have changed or grown. The same warmth and humour is present in the writing and the sense of a wider much more complicated hidden world we saw a...

    Greta is in Paris for a conference where she encounters true horror: a coven of poser vampires, as lacking in ethics as taste. The horror. The horror. I enjoyed the expanded characters, especially the French werewolf! This series has fuel for miles. Give me more! ...

    A book for all Seasons: related to this season ...

    I definitely prefer the original. I find this sequel lacklustre, and at 70-something percent, nearly DNF'ed. I only pushed on because I've already gone too far up the road, but it wasn't really reading so much as skimming. Here's what worked: I like seeing the old gang back. Grisa...

    YES YES YES I'm so excited to read this! Despite not greatly enjoying bits of strange practice, I loved the way ending and want more of Greta and company! Dreadful company.... ? ...

    A lot of this is really beautifully-written, especially the descriptions of Paris. It's also a book about a kind person being competent, which I really need right now. Partway through I realized I was smiling because I was just so happy to be a reading a good book about people I like. ...

    The first book in this series is one of my favorites ever, and the second book is no different. Vivian Shaw takes plenty of my favorite classic stories and a lot of very good stuff from her own very good brain and blends it into the perfect story. Nothing makes me happier than a new st...

    God, do I love this series. If you like Ben Aaronovitch's RIVERS OF LONDON series, but find at times that the writing gets a little too abstract and strays from the point (as I sometimes find when reading them), this series is the perfect antidote. It's got everything I could want in a...

    Last year, Strange Practice, the first in this ongoing series, was one of my unexpected delights, so much so that it was one of my 'favourite five' Fantasy novels of the year. It shouldn?t be a surprise then that I was really looking forward to this one. Dreadful Company begins pr...

    Dreadful Company builds on the strengths of the first volume in the series, delivering another solid urban fantasy adventure. Dreadful Company is the second novel from Vivian Shaw in the Dr Greta Helsing series, following last year's Strange Practice. Readers who follow a fair bit o...

    I really wasn?t as enamoured with this one versus the first one of the series. The characters were hard to tell apart given that the new ones were introduced properly or developed until too late in the book. I wanted to really enjoy it, but found it tasking at the beginning. In the e...

    I am enamoured I love this world of cute monsters, demonic corporate structures, vampires who believe in their own worst stereotypes, and a dedicated doctor of really really alternative medicine. Please continue as long as you are able, and thank you. ...

    I loved the first book of this series so much I immediately dove into the sequel and I have no regrets for binge reading them and going off my reading schedule for this one. It?s such a wonderful follow-up. One of the things I loved most about the first one was the characters, and...

  • Lena
    Sep 09, 2018

    An enormously enjoyable urban fantasy heavily based in period pulp (any book where Varney the Vampyre is back and has anxiety is all right with me). Greta is a lovely moral heroine, her gang of vampires, demon, psychopomps in Led Zeppelin T-shorts etc are great fun, there's a delightfu...

    Urban fantasy with heart would be how I'd describe this series - whatever happens, the overall sense of how things should be never changes, and the ultimate goal remains the same: right wrongs, help those who need it, and encounter all sorts of interesting monsters along the way. Th...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/08/13/... Despite the mixed reviews for Strange Practice, I ended up enjoying it a lot and was very excited for Dreadful Company. Ironically though, it?s now this sequel that?s making me feel a bit conflicted. It...

    This is an odd thing to say about a book about vampires, other monsters, and the medical doctor who specializes in treating their ailments, but I really like the vocabulary and many of the sentences in this book (as well as book one). The text is often ironic and the author had me laug...

    Dreadful Company was a nice follow-up to Vivan Shaw's excellent debut novel Strange Practice. Was it enjoyable? Overall, yes. Was it as strong as the first book? Not quite. For me, the main draw of the Greta Helsing series is the supernatural doctor stuff. It is so original and Gret...

    Reviewed for The Bibliophibian. I was so excited to get this, and then I didn?t want to be over, and took longer than I should?ve to actually finish it. But while I was reading it, I was mainlining it: chunks and chunks of it all at once. I find Vivian Shaw?s writing just real...

    This picks up a few months after the first book, it's interesting to see where things have gone since that story ended and how the characters have changed or grown. The same warmth and humour is present in the writing and the sense of a wider much more complicated hidden world we saw a...

    Greta is in Paris for a conference where she encounters true horror: a coven of poser vampires, as lacking in ethics as taste. The horror. The horror. I enjoyed the expanded characters, especially the French werewolf! This series has fuel for miles. Give me more! ...

  • S. Nemo
    Sep 15, 2018

    An enormously enjoyable urban fantasy heavily based in period pulp (any book where Varney the Vampyre is back and has anxiety is all right with me). Greta is a lovely moral heroine, her gang of vampires, demon, psychopomps in Led Zeppelin T-shorts etc are great fun, there's a delightfu...

    Urban fantasy with heart would be how I'd describe this series - whatever happens, the overall sense of how things should be never changes, and the ultimate goal remains the same: right wrongs, help those who need it, and encounter all sorts of interesting monsters along the way. Th...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/08/13/... Despite the mixed reviews for Strange Practice, I ended up enjoying it a lot and was very excited for Dreadful Company. Ironically though, it?s now this sequel that?s making me feel a bit conflicted. It...

    This is an odd thing to say about a book about vampires, other monsters, and the medical doctor who specializes in treating their ailments, but I really like the vocabulary and many of the sentences in this book (as well as book one). The text is often ironic and the author had me laug...

    Dreadful Company was a nice follow-up to Vivan Shaw's excellent debut novel Strange Practice. Was it enjoyable? Overall, yes. Was it as strong as the first book? Not quite. For me, the main draw of the Greta Helsing series is the supernatural doctor stuff. It is so original and Gret...

    Reviewed for The Bibliophibian. I was so excited to get this, and then I didn?t want to be over, and took longer than I should?ve to actually finish it. But while I was reading it, I was mainlining it: chunks and chunks of it all at once. I find Vivian Shaw?s writing just real...

    This picks up a few months after the first book, it's interesting to see where things have gone since that story ended and how the characters have changed or grown. The same warmth and humour is present in the writing and the sense of a wider much more complicated hidden world we saw a...

    Greta is in Paris for a conference where she encounters true horror: a coven of poser vampires, as lacking in ethics as taste. The horror. The horror. I enjoyed the expanded characters, especially the French werewolf! This series has fuel for miles. Give me more! ...

    A book for all Seasons: related to this season ...

    I definitely prefer the original. I find this sequel lacklustre, and at 70-something percent, nearly DNF'ed. I only pushed on because I've already gone too far up the road, but it wasn't really reading so much as skimming. Here's what worked: I like seeing the old gang back. Grisa...

  • Adri Joy
    Jul 24, 2018

    An enormously enjoyable urban fantasy heavily based in period pulp (any book where Varney the Vampyre is back and has anxiety is all right with me). Greta is a lovely moral heroine, her gang of vampires, demon, psychopomps in Led Zeppelin T-shorts etc are great fun, there's a delightfu...

    Urban fantasy with heart would be how I'd describe this series - whatever happens, the overall sense of how things should be never changes, and the ultimate goal remains the same: right wrongs, help those who need it, and encounter all sorts of interesting monsters along the way. Th...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/08/13/... Despite the mixed reviews for Strange Practice, I ended up enjoying it a lot and was very excited for Dreadful Company. Ironically though, it?s now this sequel that?s making me feel a bit conflicted. It...

    This is an odd thing to say about a book about vampires, other monsters, and the medical doctor who specializes in treating their ailments, but I really like the vocabulary and many of the sentences in this book (as well as book one). The text is often ironic and the author had me laug...

    Dreadful Company was a nice follow-up to Vivan Shaw's excellent debut novel Strange Practice. Was it enjoyable? Overall, yes. Was it as strong as the first book? Not quite. For me, the main draw of the Greta Helsing series is the supernatural doctor stuff. It is so original and Gret...

    Reviewed for The Bibliophibian. I was so excited to get this, and then I didn?t want to be over, and took longer than I should?ve to actually finish it. But while I was reading it, I was mainlining it: chunks and chunks of it all at once. I find Vivian Shaw?s writing just real...

    This picks up a few months after the first book, it's interesting to see where things have gone since that story ended and how the characters have changed or grown. The same warmth and humour is present in the writing and the sense of a wider much more complicated hidden world we saw a...

    Greta is in Paris for a conference where she encounters true horror: a coven of poser vampires, as lacking in ethics as taste. The horror. The horror. I enjoyed the expanded characters, especially the French werewolf! This series has fuel for miles. Give me more! ...

    A book for all Seasons: related to this season ...

    I definitely prefer the original. I find this sequel lacklustre, and at 70-something percent, nearly DNF'ed. I only pushed on because I've already gone too far up the road, but it wasn't really reading so much as skimming. Here's what worked: I like seeing the old gang back. Grisa...

    YES YES YES I'm so excited to read this! Despite not greatly enjoying bits of strange practice, I loved the way ending and want more of Greta and company! Dreadful company.... ? ...

    A lot of this is really beautifully-written, especially the descriptions of Paris. It's also a book about a kind person being competent, which I really need right now. Partway through I realized I was smiling because I was just so happy to be a reading a good book about people I like. ...

    The first book in this series is one of my favorites ever, and the second book is no different. Vivian Shaw takes plenty of my favorite classic stories and a lot of very good stuff from her own very good brain and blends it into the perfect story. Nothing makes me happier than a new st...

    God, do I love this series. If you like Ben Aaronovitch's RIVERS OF LONDON series, but find at times that the writing gets a little too abstract and strays from the point (as I sometimes find when reading them), this series is the perfect antidote. It's got everything I could want in a...

    Last year, Strange Practice, the first in this ongoing series, was one of my unexpected delights, so much so that it was one of my 'favourite five' Fantasy novels of the year. It shouldn?t be a surprise then that I was really looking forward to this one. Dreadful Company begins pr...

    Dreadful Company builds on the strengths of the first volume in the series, delivering another solid urban fantasy adventure. Dreadful Company is the second novel from Vivian Shaw in the Dr Greta Helsing series, following last year's Strange Practice. Readers who follow a fair bit o...

  • William Gowling
    Dec 10, 2017

    An enormously enjoyable urban fantasy heavily based in period pulp (any book where Varney the Vampyre is back and has anxiety is all right with me). Greta is a lovely moral heroine, her gang of vampires, demon, psychopomps in Led Zeppelin T-shorts etc are great fun, there's a delightfu...

    Urban fantasy with heart would be how I'd describe this series - whatever happens, the overall sense of how things should be never changes, and the ultimate goal remains the same: right wrongs, help those who need it, and encounter all sorts of interesting monsters along the way. Th...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/08/13/... Despite the mixed reviews for Strange Practice, I ended up enjoying it a lot and was very excited for Dreadful Company. Ironically though, it?s now this sequel that?s making me feel a bit conflicted. It...

    This is an odd thing to say about a book about vampires, other monsters, and the medical doctor who specializes in treating their ailments, but I really like the vocabulary and many of the sentences in this book (as well as book one). The text is often ironic and the author had me laug...

    Dreadful Company was a nice follow-up to Vivan Shaw's excellent debut novel Strange Practice. Was it enjoyable? Overall, yes. Was it as strong as the first book? Not quite. For me, the main draw of the Greta Helsing series is the supernatural doctor stuff. It is so original and Gret...

    Reviewed for The Bibliophibian. I was so excited to get this, and then I didn?t want to be over, and took longer than I should?ve to actually finish it. But while I was reading it, I was mainlining it: chunks and chunks of it all at once. I find Vivian Shaw?s writing just real...

    This picks up a few months after the first book, it's interesting to see where things have gone since that story ended and how the characters have changed or grown. The same warmth and humour is present in the writing and the sense of a wider much more complicated hidden world we saw a...

    Greta is in Paris for a conference where she encounters true horror: a coven of poser vampires, as lacking in ethics as taste. The horror. The horror. I enjoyed the expanded characters, especially the French werewolf! This series has fuel for miles. Give me more! ...

    A book for all Seasons: related to this season ...

    I definitely prefer the original. I find this sequel lacklustre, and at 70-something percent, nearly DNF'ed. I only pushed on because I've already gone too far up the road, but it wasn't really reading so much as skimming. Here's what worked: I like seeing the old gang back. Grisa...

    YES YES YES I'm so excited to read this! Despite not greatly enjoying bits of strange practice, I loved the way ending and want more of Greta and company! Dreadful company.... ? ...

  • Rpaul Tho
    Nov 14, 2018

    An enormously enjoyable urban fantasy heavily based in period pulp (any book where Varney the Vampyre is back and has anxiety is all right with me). Greta is a lovely moral heroine, her gang of vampires, demon, psychopomps in Led Zeppelin T-shorts etc are great fun, there's a delightfu...

    Urban fantasy with heart would be how I'd describe this series - whatever happens, the overall sense of how things should be never changes, and the ultimate goal remains the same: right wrongs, help those who need it, and encounter all sorts of interesting monsters along the way. Th...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/08/13/... Despite the mixed reviews for Strange Practice, I ended up enjoying it a lot and was very excited for Dreadful Company. Ironically though, it?s now this sequel that?s making me feel a bit conflicted. It...

    This is an odd thing to say about a book about vampires, other monsters, and the medical doctor who specializes in treating their ailments, but I really like the vocabulary and many of the sentences in this book (as well as book one). The text is often ironic and the author had me laug...

    Dreadful Company was a nice follow-up to Vivan Shaw's excellent debut novel Strange Practice. Was it enjoyable? Overall, yes. Was it as strong as the first book? Not quite. For me, the main draw of the Greta Helsing series is the supernatural doctor stuff. It is so original and Gret...

    Reviewed for The Bibliophibian. I was so excited to get this, and then I didn?t want to be over, and took longer than I should?ve to actually finish it. But while I was reading it, I was mainlining it: chunks and chunks of it all at once. I find Vivian Shaw?s writing just real...

    This picks up a few months after the first book, it's interesting to see where things have gone since that story ended and how the characters have changed or grown. The same warmth and humour is present in the writing and the sense of a wider much more complicated hidden world we saw a...

    Greta is in Paris for a conference where she encounters true horror: a coven of poser vampires, as lacking in ethics as taste. The horror. The horror. I enjoyed the expanded characters, especially the French werewolf! This series has fuel for miles. Give me more! ...

    A book for all Seasons: related to this season ...

    I definitely prefer the original. I find this sequel lacklustre, and at 70-something percent, nearly DNF'ed. I only pushed on because I've already gone too far up the road, but it wasn't really reading so much as skimming. Here's what worked: I like seeing the old gang back. Grisa...

    YES YES YES I'm so excited to read this! Despite not greatly enjoying bits of strange practice, I loved the way ending and want more of Greta and company! Dreadful company.... ? ...

    A lot of this is really beautifully-written, especially the descriptions of Paris. It's also a book about a kind person being competent, which I really need right now. Partway through I realized I was smiling because I was just so happy to be a reading a good book about people I like. ...

    The first book in this series is one of my favorites ever, and the second book is no different. Vivian Shaw takes plenty of my favorite classic stories and a lot of very good stuff from her own very good brain and blends it into the perfect story. Nothing makes me happier than a new st...

    God, do I love this series. If you like Ben Aaronovitch's RIVERS OF LONDON series, but find at times that the writing gets a little too abstract and strays from the point (as I sometimes find when reading them), this series is the perfect antidote. It's got everything I could want in a...

    Last year, Strange Practice, the first in this ongoing series, was one of my unexpected delights, so much so that it was one of my 'favourite five' Fantasy novels of the year. It shouldn?t be a surprise then that I was really looking forward to this one. Dreadful Company begins pr...

    Dreadful Company builds on the strengths of the first volume in the series, delivering another solid urban fantasy adventure. Dreadful Company is the second novel from Vivian Shaw in the Dr Greta Helsing series, following last year's Strange Practice. Readers who follow a fair bit o...

    I really wasn?t as enamoured with this one versus the first one of the series. The characters were hard to tell apart given that the new ones were introduced properly or developed until too late in the book. I wanted to really enjoy it, but found it tasking at the beginning. In the e...

  • Ziggy Nixon
    Aug 19, 2018

    An enormously enjoyable urban fantasy heavily based in period pulp (any book where Varney the Vampyre is back and has anxiety is all right with me). Greta is a lovely moral heroine, her gang of vampires, demon, psychopomps in Led Zeppelin T-shorts etc are great fun, there's a delightfu...

    Urban fantasy with heart would be how I'd describe this series - whatever happens, the overall sense of how things should be never changes, and the ultimate goal remains the same: right wrongs, help those who need it, and encounter all sorts of interesting monsters along the way. Th...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/08/13/... Despite the mixed reviews for Strange Practice, I ended up enjoying it a lot and was very excited for Dreadful Company. Ironically though, it?s now this sequel that?s making me feel a bit conflicted. It...

    This is an odd thing to say about a book about vampires, other monsters, and the medical doctor who specializes in treating their ailments, but I really like the vocabulary and many of the sentences in this book (as well as book one). The text is often ironic and the author had me laug...

    Dreadful Company was a nice follow-up to Vivan Shaw's excellent debut novel Strange Practice. Was it enjoyable? Overall, yes. Was it as strong as the first book? Not quite. For me, the main draw of the Greta Helsing series is the supernatural doctor stuff. It is so original and Gret...

    Reviewed for The Bibliophibian. I was so excited to get this, and then I didn?t want to be over, and took longer than I should?ve to actually finish it. But while I was reading it, I was mainlining it: chunks and chunks of it all at once. I find Vivian Shaw?s writing just real...

    This picks up a few months after the first book, it's interesting to see where things have gone since that story ended and how the characters have changed or grown. The same warmth and humour is present in the writing and the sense of a wider much more complicated hidden world we saw a...

    Greta is in Paris for a conference where she encounters true horror: a coven of poser vampires, as lacking in ethics as taste. The horror. The horror. I enjoyed the expanded characters, especially the French werewolf! This series has fuel for miles. Give me more! ...

    A book for all Seasons: related to this season ...

    I definitely prefer the original. I find this sequel lacklustre, and at 70-something percent, nearly DNF'ed. I only pushed on because I've already gone too far up the road, but it wasn't really reading so much as skimming. Here's what worked: I like seeing the old gang back. Grisa...

    YES YES YES I'm so excited to read this! Despite not greatly enjoying bits of strange practice, I loved the way ending and want more of Greta and company! Dreadful company.... ? ...

    A lot of this is really beautifully-written, especially the descriptions of Paris. It's also a book about a kind person being competent, which I really need right now. Partway through I realized I was smiling because I was just so happy to be a reading a good book about people I like. ...

    The first book in this series is one of my favorites ever, and the second book is no different. Vivian Shaw takes plenty of my favorite classic stories and a lot of very good stuff from her own very good brain and blends it into the perfect story. Nothing makes me happier than a new st...

    God, do I love this series. If you like Ben Aaronovitch's RIVERS OF LONDON series, but find at times that the writing gets a little too abstract and strays from the point (as I sometimes find when reading them), this series is the perfect antidote. It's got everything I could want in a...

    Last year, Strange Practice, the first in this ongoing series, was one of my unexpected delights, so much so that it was one of my 'favourite five' Fantasy novels of the year. It shouldn?t be a surprise then that I was really looking forward to this one. Dreadful Company begins pr...

    Dreadful Company builds on the strengths of the first volume in the series, delivering another solid urban fantasy adventure. Dreadful Company is the second novel from Vivian Shaw in the Dr Greta Helsing series, following last year's Strange Practice. Readers who follow a fair bit o...

    I really wasn?t as enamoured with this one versus the first one of the series. The characters were hard to tell apart given that the new ones were introduced properly or developed until too late in the book. I wanted to really enjoy it, but found it tasking at the beginning. In the e...

    I am enamoured I love this world of cute monsters, demonic corporate structures, vampires who believe in their own worst stereotypes, and a dedicated doctor of really really alternative medicine. Please continue as long as you are able, and thank you. ...

    I loved the first book of this series so much I immediately dove into the sequel and I have no regrets for binge reading them and going off my reading schedule for this one. It?s such a wonderful follow-up. One of the things I loved most about the first one was the characters, and...

    Greta Helsing, doctor to the supernatural, is kidnapped by a coven of vampires while attending a medical conference in Paris. I very much enjoyed the first book in this series but this sequel disappointed me somewhat. I wanted to spend more time with Greta and her medical practice i...

    Not enough dread in this one. Never felt any real threat from the feckless Corvin or from the time slips. Maybe the writing was a little too light hearted and the monsters a little too cute and sweet to make me take the situation seriously..... ...

    4+ stars! Another exceptional read from Vivian Shaw! I'm not one to generally go along with the sort of Hollywood-esque praise (you know: love love kiss kiss, let's do lunch DAH-ling) that is oft included in the small-case, roman-numeraled pages of new books. However, I am going to ...