The Fangs of Scavo (Stoker Bash, #1) [E–pub/E–book]
Imagine That! gThis was a crackingood example of the classic Victorian Penny Dreadful melodramatic and evoking the era of Sherlock Holmes and yet I still didn t really et the why s of the plotHowever that didn t stop me from loving the whole narrative and reading it with an ever increasing sense of the dramatic flair being presented in the narrativeIt s a twisty plot with multiple strands and I think for *me anyway on occasion it ot a bit too muddled trying to work out who was plotting whatBut overall the *anyway on occasion it Sister of My Heart got a bit too muddled trying to work out who was plotting whatBut overall the characters were compelling and I loved the relationship between Stoker and Bash as well as Han and CassieI can t wait for book two later this month ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review 45 Review written for Love Bytes ReviewsThere s just something amazing about having all your expectations about something blown away and this book did that in spades When I first started reading I honestly expected Hieronymus Bash to be something like Sherlock Holmes the Robert Downey Jr version because he was fun with a dash of the irreverent rogue thrown in to help tick off the officers of the Yard What Iot was so very different but so very oodThere are lots of things I could say about Hieronymus Bash but that would also be iving things away that are best left to be discovered as you would also be Rescuing Gus giving things away that are best left to be discovered as you What I will say is that Hiero is a uniue highly entertaining individual who thrives on attention and practically lives for the times he s in the spotlight Underneath all that however he s also an incredibly caring man who can t help but lend a hand to someone in desperate need of one Timothy Stoker on the other hand is considered uite ordinary and unlike Bash spends his time fading into the shadows so as not to draw attention to himself These two men who should be all rights be on opposite sides of most everything instead find themselves drawn together first by circumstance and then by a kind of helpless mutual regard that later blooms into Both men have their strengths and weaknesses but what drew me to them both as individuals and as a couple were the mysteries they re each hiding Bash s back story is hinted at over the course of the book while Stoker s own past is blatantly put forward as an explanation into his choices In either case there are uestions left unanswered that I m really looking forward to delving into in future storiesThe mystery itself was fantastic there was areat variety of characters all of them fleshed out beautifully that added to my enjoyment while keeping me constantly Class of 92: Out of Our League guessing as to who the antagonist was The historical details were pretty spot on the action scenes were a blast to read and I found myself completely in love with the descriptions and the way everything was just presented Seriously it was all reallyood By the end of the story I d changed my mind numerous times as to who the culprit actually was and why and I m thrilled to say that I was wrong on all countsThis book was both a complete surprise and a complete joy to read I was so engrossed in the story and the characters that I was super sad to see the book end If you enjoy historical mysteries and are looking for a book that features characters that make their own way outside of the expectations of society I d ive this one a look I will totally be eagerly awaiting the seuel in
the meantime I really really enjoyed this one the story was well done and the meantime I really really enjoyed this one the story was well done and the interesting so why only 45 stars that has different reasonsfirst of all I like complex characters but here I expected something else from Hiero and Kip and I am still not sure if I ot it right which makes it really How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly--and the Stark Choices Ahead good but on the other side also a bit confusingI also liked the secondary cast but would have loved toet background for them as well and it pains me to say it Callie is a strong female character which I enjoyed but I did not like hernevertheless I liked the story and will read the next one because this was a strong first book in this series I LOVED this book to bits I m a huge fan of Victorian Mysteries in fact it s my favorite enre Ms Kray is without a doubt a very talented writer Her first book Like Stars was a beautiful story The Fangs of Scavo although very different assuredly didn t disappoint meThe ambiance as well as ALL the characters the complex mystery and the dialog make this novel shine Tim and Hiero are well written and have definitely their own distinct voices They are layered deeply human and. At Scotland Yard DI Timothy Stoker is no better than a host A master of arcane documents and niggling details who unlike his celebrity chasing colleagues prefers hard work to headlines But an invisible man is needed to unmask the city’s newest amateur detective Hieronymus Bash A bon vivant long on flash and styl.
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SINK OR SAVE HIS CAREER IS TO INVESTIGATE NONEor save his career is to investigate none than one Hieronymus Bash and expose him as a fraud for the small but unforgiveable sin of embarrassing the police by solving a presumably unsolvable case And there s no small amount of irony that it s Tim s honesty and discretion that make him the perfect man for the jobIn an era known for its puritanical ideals the Victorians sure did love their spiritualism and there s no shortage of it connected to the four fangs of Scavo and their disappearance There s too much detail to this part of the story to o into it all and I don t want to ive anything away but I will say that the fangs themselves are a common thread between the four who hold them a medium whose talents Bash would like to expose which earns him zero popularity points and the mystery of who s stolen several The story within the story of the Fangs of Scavo is Hieronymus Callie and Han working to discover the whereabouts of those that have Moonrise gone missing and who suilty of stealing them all while Stoker is working undercover as Tim Kipling to investigate HieroTim or Kip as he s dubbed and Hiero are like moth and flame and the Kip tries to resist read deny his attraction to Hiero the he s drawn into the exotic and flamboyant man s orbit Who is Hieronymus Bash the man who treads the boards keeps an unconventional household has a steady supply of Turkish tea and coffee on hand who powders his face to lighten the color of his skin is cheeky and flirtatious and is no stranger to the bottle Kip is as perplexed and obsessed by Hiero as I am and I can t wait to Fallen Angel: The Passion of Fausto Coppi get to know all the man s secretsI loved every single thing about this book Kray s voice andift for After Tamerlane: The Global History of Empire Since 1405 grounding the reader in the time and place the mystery and the story of the fangs the way she introduced and then layered her characters until they became real and fascinating and diverse people within the framework of their story Most of all though I loved the evolution of Kip s character He s often described as unremarkable but so is everyone when compared to Bash and his history is fascinating especially when it comes to a past that haunts him Tim s efforts to smother and suash his attraction to Hiero was as touching as his denial that any sort of future never mind happiness with the beautiful and enigmatic and confounding man could be for a man such as him This paragraph really says it allIf Tim could have this only this a sacred memory to conjure up on sleepless nights after his disgrace all the shame and rejection and recrimination would have been worth it To know that for one shining moment he was cherished however ephemeral Hiero s affections proved He might very well survive the trials to comeKray writes with suchrace and substance which made this book a pleasure to Alien Alpha get lost in for a while And anyone who invokes Wilde he had toet his inspiration from somewhere is doing everything right in my bookReviewed by Lisa for The Novel Approach Not only did the writing take my breath away but also the thrilling conflict and clash of characters kept me up at night Complex characters Kip and Heiro are alive and well in my imagination and in my heart 4 starsMy first Selina Kray novel and this was one was a solid hit for me The characters were absolutely the best part of this book and no one was better than the charming foppish Hieronymus Bash The name is as ridiculous as the man and suited him to a T Set in Victorian London Hiero and his motley crew are celebrated for their prowess in solving mysteries and uncovering scams before the police can even et a look in When DI Timothy Stoker is tasked with investigating Hiero he ends up working with him to solve a series of thefts that are uickly turning fatal for those involved Naturally a tenuous relationship forms between the two men who couldn t be different Hiero is all beauty and dramatic flair while Tim is plain in both looks and words But somehow they find something in the other that they never knew was even missing While the plot is a little crazypants I still really liked it Moreover I thought the side characters were skillfully rendered and interesting which really helped make this story But Tim and Hiero are lovely together and I enjoyed watching them fall for one another There is barely an HFN here but that only made me eager to read what further adventures Tim Hiero and his crew will et up to next I can t wait for book Finds himself thrust into a world of wailing mediums spiritualist societies man eating lions and a consulting detective with ambition than sense Will this case be the end of his career or the start of an unexpected liaison Or will the mysterious forces at play be the death of them bothAnd just who is Hieronymus Ba. A fascinating pair I like the way they dance around their attraction and I like the tension and the undeniable chemistry between the two protagonists The author really took the time to develop her characters she did a beautiful job of showing not tellingThe mystery is well crafted it s ripping absorbing and highly enjoyable You find yourself effortlessly immersed in a thoroughly Victorian atmosphereI m eagerly waiting for the next Stoker Bash Mystery and I can t wait to know about Tim and Hiero
Because Ms Kray HasMs Kray has scratched the surface Highly recommended SoMuchFunReview here Liked this a lotIts fun doesn t talk down and has a satisying mystery element full review here A Joyfully Jay review 4 starsThe Fangs of Scavo was such a conundrum to review I both loved certain aspects and dreaded others Ultimately the amazing characters and their rowing relationship won me over And it s those characters that steal the show over and over again Normally I start with the positives and this book has many of them but I have one ripe to address right off the bat Hieronymus Bosch was a European artist who lived in the early part of the 16th century Aside from his highly interesting body of work his name is rather unforgettable
In The Mystery Worldthe mystery world is already a character called Hieronymus Harry Bosch an LA detective created by Michael Connelly Now there is another Hieronymus and as a name it is simply too unusual to be used again without constantly thinking of another character I know it seems silly and it may be a moot issue for some of you but I was freuently distracted by Bash s name Luckily the author shortens it to Heiro and I m sure this distraction will ease with further volumes but it was a laring issue for me this time aroundThat said Heiro and Kip are wonderful characters Heiro is outrageous and wild and utterly irresistible His past is mysterious and he tends to wear a mask for everyone save his closest friends We re told that Heiro is only nominally detective Those around him most often do the real work but his charm and captivating performances tend to open doors that would otherwise remain closed Kip is his absolute opposite He is solid and staid and he solves cases by doing the research and paperwork that others won t Yet he is wonderfully passionate around Heiro and it s evident that society and circumstance have forced him to wear a mask of his own Both men are engaging and well drawn and their relationship is the heart of this book Heiro s ward Callie and his uard Han round out an excellent uartet and while we don t know uite as much about either of them the author has done an a reat job of laying a foundation for further Beautiful Ghosts growthRead Sue s review in its entirety here It took approximately three seconds ofawping at this book s cover before I jumped on it G head and judge it if you d like because what s inside this beauty is every bit as fantastic as I hoped it would be and now I m salivating for the next book in the seriesSet in Victorian London author Selina Kray introduces a mystery set in an enigma and wrapped in a conundrum and then names him Hieronymus Bash Hiero is many things a thespian a provider a lush a man who relies on his charisma and a flair for the dramatic and he s a consulting investigator for hire although he isn t the brains of the operation and knows it The author teases her readers horribly in the most delicious way as to who Hiero is Or perhaps I should say was because from what I can tell he s suffered and has come out of it a different person s suffered and has come out of it a different person s lost his long time lover Apollo the man who dragged Hieronymus from the Alexandra, Gone gutter and helped him turn his life around and now he s built himself a family of sorts with his ward and Apollo s niece Calliope Pankhurst who is the brains of the operation along with his manservant and muscle Han Tak Hai who is than meets the eye The mystery that Hiero and his cohorts have been challenged to solve is almost almost as confounding as the mystery of Hieronymus Bash himself hiding in plain sightDetective Inspector Timothy Kipling Stoker is on thin ice His job at Scotland Yard is in jeopardy after he blew the whistle on his formeruv for skimming money off the top of the rewards his detectives received for solving crimes Rather than earning Tim respect for his honesty however it earned him the scrutiny of his new Superintendent as well as making him the scourge of the Yard and a pariah amongst his fellow officers. E but short on personal history Bash just may be a Cheapside rogue in Savile Row fineryWhen the four fangs of the Demon Cats of Scavo trophies that protect the hunters who killed the two vicious beasts disappear one by one Stoker's forced to team with the very man he was sent to investigate to maintain his cover He.