Grave Importance

Orbit: Hachette. (Dr. Greta Helsing, Bk. 3). Sept. 2019. 448p. ISBN 9780316434652. pap. $15.99ebk. ISBN 9780316434669. FANTASY
Dr. Greta Helsing is London’s mummy specialist, and she’s thrilled to have the chance to work above Marseille at Oasis Natrun, the premier, private luxury health spa for mummies. Invited to be the interim medical director for four months, she leaves behind her own clinic to treat clients in the state-of-the-art French facility. However, she soon realizes that some of her patients have peculiar symptoms, and discovering their cause leads Greta, her vampyre love Sir Francis Varney, and her friends down a trail of Egyptian artifacts, magical spells, museum thievery, angels and demons, and trips to (literal) hell. It’s not only the mummies who are crumbling to dust, but the entire fabric of reality is being damaged.
VERDICT Intelligent prose and an intriguing cast of characters enhance the range of story lines, culminating in a breathtaking climax. Shaw’s third “Dr. Greta Helsing” novel (after Dreadful Company) blends medical mystery and fantasy adventure to wrap up a delightfully modern undead trilogy.

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