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Strange Practice

(2017)
(The first book in the Dr. Greta Helsing series)
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In this delightfully witty fantasy adventure, Dr. Greta Helsing, doctor to the undead, must defend London from both supernatural ailments and a bloodthirsty cult.

Greta Helsing inherited her family's highly specialized and highly peculiar medical practice. In her consulting rooms, Dr. Helsing treats the undead for a host of ills - vocal strain in banshees, arthritis in barrow-wights, and entropy in mummies. Although she barely makes ends meet, this is just the quiet, supernatural-adjacent life Greta's been groomed for since childhood.

Until a sect of murderous monks emerges, killing human and undead Londoners alike. As terror takes hold of the city, Greta must use her unusual skills to stop the cult if she hopes to save her practice, and her life.

Strange Practice is the first novel in Shaw's debut series, the Dr. Greta Helsing Novels - perfect for fans of Neverwhere and V. E. Schwab.

Dr. Greta Helsing Novels
Strange Practice
Dreadful Company

Genre: Horror

Praise for this book

"An exceptional and delightful debut, in the tradition of Good Omens." - Elizabeth Bear

"A darkly delicious adventure featuring a quirky new heroine. Strange Practice breathes new life into the undead." - James Bennett

"A satisfying and surprising read, with rich imagery, nuance, and real compassion for its characters - give Strange Practice a shot!" - Elliott James

"Written with elegance, wit, and compassion. The prose is gorgeous, the wit is mordant, and the ideas are provocative. Also, there are ghouls." - Laura Amy Schlitz

"In Vivian Shaw's Strange Practice, a charmingly unusual doctor and her charges keep the city of London from grave danger. In the process, they peel back the covers of familiar (and according to them, somewhat 'libelous') stories to find that reality - especially with the undead - is more poignant and complex than it seems at first glance. An excellent adventure." - Fran Wilde


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Used availability for Vivian Shaw's Strange Practice

Paperback Editions

July 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: Strange Practice: A Dr Greta Helsing Novel
Author(s): Vivian Shaw
ISBN: 0-356-50887-0 / 978-0-356-50887-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orbit
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


July 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: Strange Practice (A Dr. Greta Helsing Novel)
Author(s): Vivian Shaw
ISBN: 0-316-43460-4 / 978-0-316-43460-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Orbit
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Audio Editions

August 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Strange Practice
Author(s): Vivian Shaw
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Availability: Amazon   


August 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Strange Practice
Author(s): Vivian Shaw
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


July 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Strange Practice: A Dr Greta Helsing Novel
Author(s): Vivian Shaw
Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
Availability: Amazon   


July 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Strange Practice: A Dr Greta Helsing Novel
Author(s): Vivian Shaw
Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
Availability: Amazon CA   


July 2017 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Strange Practice: A Dr Greta Helsing Novel
Author(s): Vivian Shaw
Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

July 2017 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Strange Practice (A Dr. Greta Helsing Novel)
Author(s): Vivian Shaw
Publisher: Orbit
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


July 2017 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Strange Practice: A Dr Greta Helsing Novel
Author(s): Vivian Shaw
Publisher: Orbit
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU