Review of The Whitechapel Demon (The Adventures Of The Royal Occultist #1), Joshua Reynolds

The Whitechapel DemonI picked up a copy of Josh ReynoldsThe Whitechapel Demon from Amazon when it was free.

Description from Goodreads:
Formed during the reign of Elizabeth I, the post of the Royal Occultist was created to safeguard the British Empire against threats occult, otherworldly, infernal and divine. 

It is now 1920, and the title and offices have fallen to Charles St. Cyprian. Accompanied by his apprentice Ebe Gallowglass, they defend the battered empire from the forces of darkness.

In the wake of a séance gone wrong, a monstrous killer is summoned from the depths of nightmare by a deadly murder-cult. The entity hunts its prey with inhuman tenacity even as its worshippers stop at nothing to bring the entity into its full power… It’s up to St. Cyprian and Gallowglass to stop the bloodthirsty horror before another notch is added to its gory tally, but will they become the next victims of the horror guised as London’s most famous killer?

I quite enjoyed that, but since it’s a holiday here you get an abbreviated review.

Things I liked:

  • Interesting characters
  • smooth, humorous dialogue
  • two male/female partnerships that didn’t involve romance (that’s possible you know)
  • incidental inclusion of LGBT individuals (ok, a gay man, but it’s a start)

Things I didn’t like:

  • the villains were too slapstick
  • the era-speak and witticisms in the face of danger went over the top
  • the evil entity was defeated too easily
  • too many easy, throw-away deaths
  • needed a tad more editing

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