This is a uniquely told historical paranormal story. The story is set in 1914 and told by Robert as he tells us about various cases he and his partner Simon have been on over the course of 20 years. It's set up as a casebook and it's filled with tales of ghosts and the supernatural. We also see glimpses of the men's lives and love story spread throughout.
I enjoyed this story and thought it was creatively done. The stories were all good and some were down right creepy. There was a host of interesting side characters that kept me entertained. I didn't realize it would be set up like it was and it took me a chapter or two to get used to the storytelling style. Once I did I was drawn right in. This is tagged as a romance and there is a romance there but it's not as prevalent as most of this author's other work. It wasn't bad. Just different.
This is a nice addition to the historical paranormal genre and one you should check out if you enjoy ghost stories like I do.
A story too secret, too terrifying—and too shockingly intimate—for Victorian eyes.
A note to the Editor
I have been Simon Feximal’s companion, assistant and chronicler for twenty years now, and during that time my Casebooks of Feximal the Ghost-Hunter have spread the reputation of this most accomplished of ghost-hunters far and wide.
You have asked me often for the tale of our first meeting, and how my association with Feximal came about. I have always declined, because it is a story too private to be truthfully recounted, and a memory too precious to be falsified. But none knows better than I that stories must be told.
So here is it, Henry, a full and accurate account of how I met Simon Feximal, which I shall leave with my solicitor to pass to you after my death.
I dare say it may not be quite what you expect.
Warning: Contains a foul-tempered Victorian ghost-hunter, a journalist who’s too curious for his own good, villainy, horror, butterflies, unusual body modifications, and a lot of tampering with the occult.