Stoker & Bash: The Fangs of Scavo

Title: The Fangs of Scavo
Author: Selina Kray
Publisher: self-published
Buy link: (Second Edition)
Release Date: June 7, 2017
Genre(s): Historical, Mystery
Page Count: 368
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.8 stars out of 5

At Scotland Yard, DI Timothy Stoker is no better than a ghost. 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 style but short on personal history, Bash just may be a Cheapside rogue in Savile Row finery.

When 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 finds himself thrust into a world of wailing mediums, spiritualist societies, man-eating lions, and a consulting detective with more 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 both?

And just who is Hieronymus Bash?

Grab your dictionary and settle in for a long and eventful ride with Selina Cray’s book The Fangs of Scavo.

I was reading this guest post with Ms. Kray when the title caught my attention. The book seemed like intriguing combination of several of my favorite elements: paranormal! mystery! historical! The word count almost scared me off, but I did pick the book up.

From the post it was obvious author spent a lot of time researching the material. While I generally like historically accurate details, I don’t like them interfering with HEA and the time period would put some constraints in this regard. Luckily, that was not the case.

There were hiccups at the beginning because some sentences were a mouthful and I needed to backtrack and reread. The writing style is specific and every time I picked the book I needed time to immerse myself in the story.

Bash (and that must be a wordplay because he definitely isn’t bashful) is in essence a showman: he is rich, cocksure and has enviable flair for dramatic. Everything he does is calculated for maximum effect.

In contrast, Tim is quiet and unassuming. In truth he is as volatile as Bash but keeps tight rein on himself. Bash challenges his control so they inevitably clash.

Tim is tasked by his superiors with disgracing Bash. I’m not entirely sure what it is Bash wants. I expected slow developing plot, but it was so far-reaching it was hard to keep track of everyone’s actions and motives. It’s not helped by the huge slew of secondary characters who were well-developed, but boggled the main story thread somewhat.

Despite the abundance of descriptions of their surroundings and physical occurrences there is little insight into the characters up until the end. (And what end it was: I didn’t expect that last twist, or the one before it.)

When two of them talk, it’s both battle of wills and sly flirting: I enjoyed that part and Bash is colorful character. It’s a book well worth the read, but I’d suggest arming with patience beforehand.

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