Review: The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal by K.J. Charles

Secret Casebook of Simon FeximalThis intertwining collection of “short stories” are a blast to read, and I love the idea of a Holmes and Watson style pairing working together in the occult realm. This is definitely a case where the author’s notes at the end enhance the coolness of what I just read, and shows how the author’s research really paid off in crafting a fantastic world.

The multiple instances of the supernatural in this book are imaginative and effective, creating tales within themselves that are as thrilling as any old-fashioned pulp story. I especially loved the cameos from other characters familiar to anyone who has read actual stories from that time period.

The relationship between Simon and Robert is sexy and quietly adoring. Not all relationships need hearts and flowers, and Charles does a great job of showing how committed the men are without the trappings of romance.

No spoilers here, but the ending is incredibly poignant. There are many types of happily ever afters, and Charles picked the perfect one here.

Rating: 5 (out of 5) stars. Cross-posted to Amazon and Goodreads.

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By day, J. L. Gribble is a professional medical editor. By night, she does freelance fiction editing in all genres, along with reading, playing video games, and occasionally even writing. Her debut novel, STEEL VICTORY, was her thesis novel for Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction graduate program in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Previously, she was one of the co-editors for FAR WORLDS, a speculative fiction anthology. She lives in Ellicott City, Maryland, with her husband and three vocal Siamese cats. Find her online (, on Facebook (, and on Twitter and Instagram (@hannaedits). She is currently working on more tales set in the world of Limani.

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