Tales from Harborsmouth – E. J. Stevens

* I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

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Blurb:  In Tales from Harborsmouth, readers get to delve deeper into the award-winning world of Ivy Granger.

Ivy Granger is a psychic detective with ties to Harborsmouth’s paranormal underworld. Too bad those ties tend to ensnare Ivy and her friend Jinx in the Machiavellian schemes of the city’s teeming population of bloodsucking vampires and psychotic faeries.

Tales from Harborsmouth is the first time the Ivy Granger novellas are in one collection and features two exclusive short stories the series prequel Frostbite and the newest Ivy Granger tale Thrill on Joysen Hill.


Um.  I hope that you aren’t all getting fed up of rave reviews!

Yet again I have got extremely lucky and managed to find a new series that I can add to my ever-expanding To-Read list.  If, like me, you are a fan of Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files  and Kim Harrison’s Hollows series then you will definitely enjoy Ivy Granger’s adventures.

The characters, style, setting and plot are in the same vein, but just as Harry Dresden and Rachel Morgan are distinct, so is Ivy.  Her powers involve getting visions, which aid her in investigating and solving crimes, rather than being able to fuego and leyline blast her way out of trouble.  Her supporting cast is instantly engaging, even the minor bit players, as you will find in this collection which is the complete set of novellas from the series so far.

The format enables a taster of the author’s style and content, and the individual stories are excellent and stand alone well even without having read the main novels for context.

My personal favourite from this set was Club Nexus, which consists of four short stories telling the same story from the perspectives of four different characters.  The character’s voices were distinct and unique, and it was fascinating seeing the story unfold and interweave with each additional viewpoint.

The genre here is urban fantasy so expect magic, vampires, fae etc, crossed with city-based detective noir and plenty of snarky banter.

There is nothing here I would change or improve on.  I’m just thrilled to be able to add another writer to my favourites pile; and there are nine full novels in the series (not counting this collection), so that should keep me going for a while!

If a faerie, a vampire, and a demon walk into a bar, you wait for the punch line. At Private Eye, when a faerie, a vampire, and a demon walk through the door, it’s just another day at the office.
― E.J. Stevens, ‘Blood and Mistletoe’ in Tales from Harborsmouth

Check out E. J. Stevens website here for more information on the author and other books she has written.  Or you can connect with the author via Facebook and/or Twitter.

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