What Rough Beast
by H.R. Knight
My rating: 4 stars
Publication Date: September 8, 2014
Publisher: H. R. Knight
Genre: Adult Historical Paranormal Mystery
Print Length: 320 pages
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unlikely partnership between escape artist Harry Houdini and mystery
writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is born as their plan to debunk an
infamous occultist leads them on a pursuit of a horrific demon that has
been unleashed upon London.
What Rough Beast by H. R. Knight
Can the creator of the world’s greatest sleuth and the world’s greatest escape artist uncover the evil behind mystery and mayhem terrifying London? Discover the answer in H. R. Knight’s What Rough Beast, an historical look at the occult, unlikely allies and what happens when a dark god is unleashed on Earth.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini team up to expose the dark medium, Max Cairo for the fraud he is, by using the detective skills of Sherlock Holmes and magical skills of the Great Houdini. What they uncover is far more deadly and dangerous than either could have imagined. Even the smoke and mirrors used to pander to grieving relatives desperate to connect with their loved ones across the veil pales in comparison to the darkness unleashed. Can they stop this evil entity before it destroys London and beyond? Will its evil be manifested as a madness in it victims?
Told with the atmosphere of Old London, H. R. Knight does a wonderful job of creating a world that feels dark and foreboding, dank and evil. From the sounds of horses’ hooves the ever-present fog and drizzle, London comes to life. Conan Doyle is the image of his fictional Holmes and Harry Houdini is like a child often needing attention and praise until his skills are needed, then he is all business. Perhaps a little too sure of his infallibility but a delightful character! Doyle has his own personal shadows and pain in his life, as well as a guilty conscience for things left behind in search of the answers to his latest mystery.
Take a trip into the past, feel the darkness envelope you and watch the masters at work as they unravel this mystery! But my advice? Think twice before holding a séance!
I received this copy as part of the What Rough Beast Review Tour Stopping at Tome Tender November 17, 2014.