Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
Series: Something Strange and Deadly #1
Rating: 4 stars
There’s something strange and deadly loose in Philadelphia. . . .
Eleanor Fitt has a lot to worry about.
Her brother has gone missing, her family has fallen on hard times, and her mother is determined to marry her off to any rich young man who walks by. But this is nothing compared to what she’s just read in the newspaper:
The Dead are rising in Philadelphia.
And then, in a frightening attack, a zombie delivers a letter to Eleanor . . . from her brother.
Whoever is controlling the Dead army has taken her brother as well. If Eleanor is going to find him, she’ll have to venture into the lab of the notorious Spirit-Hunters, who protect the city from supernatural forces.
But as Eleanor spends more time with the Spirit-Hunters, including the maddeningly stubborn yet handsome Daniel, the situation becomes dire. And now, not only is her reputation on the line, but her very life may hang in the balance.
Late 19th century and zombies? Count me in.
I stroked my amethysts and made my expression passive. I didn’t care one white about her gossip – though I did wish she wouldn’t talk about me to Clarence. I’d prefer if eligible young men learned my faults after meeting me.
She gets along swimmingly with Clarence and Daniel, the latter calling her many pretentious nicknames, like Empress. The former still pokes fun at her expense, though.
“And you can’t get rid of me that easily, Miss Fitt.” He lengthened his stride, a new glimmer in his eyes. “Whatever mischief you’ve up to, I’ll be there for it. Besides, someone must ensure that you behave like a lady.”
The Spirit-Hunters themselves were great – distinguishing themselves from the rest of the cast. I’ve been having a hard time finding books where there weren’t so many characters to remember, and they were all entertaining. Joseph was charming and Jie was a spitfire of energy and a true juxtaposition to Eleanor, both having been restrained due to gender roles.
I’m looking forward to reading more adventures of Eleanor and the Spirit-Hunters!
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