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Publisher's Summary

A story too secret, too terrifying - and too shockingly intimate - for Victorian eyes.

Dear Henry,

I have been Simon Feximal's companion, assistant, and chronicler for 20 years now, and during that time my Casebooks of Feximal the Ghost-Hunter have spread the reputation of this most accomplished of ghost-hunters far and wide.

You have asked me often for the tale of our first meeting, and how my association with Feximal came about. I have always declined, because it is a story too private to be truthfully recounted, and a memory too precious to be falsified. But none knows better than I that stories must be told.

So here is it, Henry, a full and accurate account of how I met Simon Feximal, which I shall leave with my solicitor to pass to you after my death.

I dare say it may not be quite what you expect.

Robert Caldwell
September 1914

©2013, 2015 K. J. Charles (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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  • BR
  • 11-24-17

KJ Charles is magic

A Gothic supernatural romance is not my usual cup of tea. But I have never been disappointed in KJ Charles so I gave it a try. And was well rewarded with a great narrator telling creepy supernatural stories set in pre-WWI England. Main character Robert Caldwell has written countless published stories of the great ghost hunter Simon Feximal, now he shares stories to his editor that give the intimate background of the two men as long time partners. Robert's compassionate (and passionate) love for a difficult man makes this more than the average m/m romance. And Simon as a man hardened by the evil he fights, is a hidden true romantic adding more emotion than expected. Edwardian Britain is well described adding a nice atmosphere to the proceedings. Gary Furlong is a narrator I haven't heard before and will now keep an eye out for because of his great performance. My dearest hope is that he will be tapped as narrator for Spectred Isle as it is set in the same supernatural world. Quite frankly I look forward to anything audible puts out for KJ Charles if it continues to be of this quality.

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Beautiful audio for one of the best books

Audio: I was worried about the audio for this book because Furlong narrates another book that I forget the title of and I hated it. I was worried that a book I love without measure would be ruined. But. No. He does an outstanding job with this story. His voice for Simon is swoonworthy, his voices are all distinct, and he does great with the accents. Fantastically well narrated.
This is one of two Charles' books that I haven't re-read compulsively. This one because it hurts at the end, in a hopeful way, but still painful. I adore this book, and, in it's way it may be the most(?) romantic relationship she's written. Two men that find a connection that, at first, shouldn't be broken, and then, eventually, can't be broken. How many romances have two characters that bind themselves together in such a permanent way? How many people would be willing to take on what Robert does to save Simon? Yes, this is her most heart breaking and strongest character connection.

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It's incredible

The Secret Casebook is already one of my favourite books, but the narrated version was somehow even better. Kudos to Gary Furlong for his incredible performance

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Brought me to tears at the end

I like this author very much. I own a t-shirt related to her Magpie series. But I have held off reading this book until drawn in by the start of the Green Men series, which takes place in the same world. I'm convinced that this is that rare book which is best enjoyed in its Audible version, in part because the reading brings the writing to life. The author makes Robert's love for Simon palpable. Ultimately, that is what this collection of stories is--the story of their developing relationship. There is a brief reference to a short, Remnant, co-written with Jordan L. Hawk, that is a cross-over of this world with that of Widdershins. I don't often listen to books more than once, but I think this will be an exception, it was that well read.

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loved this book!

Interesting story, with likeable, well-developed characters. The performance was excellent. The love story was believable, and the supernatural encounters were written well and scary. I will definitely read/listen to more books by this author.

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  • Bob
  • East Hampton,NY
  • 07-03-18

Clever and Sexy. A sort of ghost hunting Sherlock

What a great listen! Mystery and intrigue, paranormal, and steamy romance. Somehow I found myself listening much later into the night than I should.

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The performance sells this tale

The story is a bit middling (though it certainly improves throughout), but the performance/reading is absolutely stunning.

Gary Furlong has such nuance with characters that he actually makes their voices reflect changes in age. It's honestly incredible.

Really, though, if you like KJ Charles's other works, you will certainly like this one.

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Worth savoring

it's been a long time since I've really Savor the book, really gone back to read some of the parts at the beginning before continuing on. Gary is an excellent narrator, and I actually looked him up specifically for other books that he has narrated. I look forward to reading them. The story is beautifully written, and done with loving care not only for the history, but also for the characters. very happy that there is a character who neither identifies as male or female, especially in a Victorian novel. the parallels between this book and Sherlock Holmes is unmistakable, but I'm not frustrated with it as I am sometimes we had a books. It still feels very much like an original story

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Very enjoyable.

Differing from most gay romances, the story tells of the developing relationship over 20 years thru the varying cases of dealing with ghosts. The premise that most haunting are because the spirits need for their story to be told is the authors very civilized way of ghost hunting. The story rambles along even though there are dramatic happenings. Thus I found it to be a delightful listen & one I’m sure to repeat.
PS the narrator was easy on the ears & most appropriate.

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You will cry and love it

This book stole my soul and made me cry. Once again. So worth it .

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  • M.
  • 03-18-18

Favourite book, lesser narrator

This is a favourite book of mine and I was very much looking forward to the audio. I find it hard to be critical of narrators, but I have to say that I found the narration rather monotone. Not so much the dialogues, and voices and accents are OK. But the narrative sentences all seem to sound the same, thus turning it relatively dull. The book deserved more.