Solving crime isn’t only for the living.
In turn-of-the century New York City, the police have an off-the-books spiritual go-to when it comes to solving puzzling corporeal crimes . . .
Her name is Eve Whitby, gifted medium and spearhead of The Ghost Precinct. When most women are traveling in a gilded society that promises only well-appointed marriage, the confident nineteen-year-old Eve navigates a social circle that carries a different kind of chill. Working with the diligent but skeptical Lieutenant Horowitz, as well as a group of fellow psychics and wayward ghosts, Eve holds her own against detractors and threats to solve New York’s most disturbing crimes as only a medium of her ability can.
But as accustomed as Eve is to ghastly crimes and all matters of the uncanny, even she is unsettled by her department’s latest mystery. Her ghostly conduits are starting to disappear one by one as though snatched away by some evil force determined to upset the balance between two realms, and most important—destroy the Ghost Precinct forever. Now Eve must brave the darkness to find the vanished souls. She has no choice. It’s her job to make sure no one is ever left for dead.
“There is something truly magical about Leanna Renee Hieber’s writing.”
—Shana DuBois Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi/Fantasy Blog on Perilous Prophecy
“Smart, boundlessly creative gaslamp fantasy.” —RT Book Reviews on Eterna and Omega
“Will have readers chomping at the bit for more.”
—Suspense Magazine on Eterna and Omega.
"The Spectral City is a spooky thrill - lovely and bold, with terrific characters and a glorious gaslamp setting that's filled to the brim with beauty and peril."
--Cherie Priest, Locus Award Winning Author of Boneshaker
In this middling historical fantasy set in 1899 New York City, a young socialite seeks to solve crimes with the aid of ghostly informants and fellow mediums as part of the newly designated Ghost Precinct. Unfortunately, not only does Eve Whitby have to deal with skeptics, she must contend with institutionalized sexism from those who still believe women don't belong in law enforcement. But she and her team prove their worth by solving one cold case at a time covering everything from theft to murder. When one of her most reliable ghosts vanishes, Eve desperately tries to find her, even as Ghost Precinct takes on cases involving a missing girl and stolen religious artifacts. Luckily, Eve's new ace in the hole is the charming Detective Horowitz, with whom she shares a delightful chemistry. For this series opener, Hieber (The Eterna Solution) draws in characters and themes from previous adventures set in the same paranormal gaslamp world, giving it a lived-in sensation that nevertheless may leave new readers wondering if they missed something. The personable cast, snappy prose, and intriguing premise are somewhat undermined by a nebulous ending that points directly at the next installment.