666 Charing Cross Road by Paul Magrs (book review).

Shelley’s happy with Daniel. At last, she found a man she can work and live with. Shelley’s job is in charge of exhibits for the New York Museum of Outsider Art Museum is also very satisfying. Her latest project, Women And Madness sees her exhibit her new find, quickly termed the Scottish Bride after an old legend, although Daniel, who also happens to be her boss, isn’t that impressed.


Daniel isn’t happy because until he acquires a grimoire from Shelley’s Aunty Liza, he doesn’t realise when he’s well-off. After that, it’s pretty much downhill for him, Shelley and the rest of New York.

Lisa’s friend Jack is happy now he’s met Ricardo even though Ricardo’s mother, Consuela, moves in to keep an eye on them.

Forces are moving and New York, home to so many spectacular breakdowns in civil liberties and destroyed so many times in fiction, is once again going to be subjected to the energies of the supernatural.

It really kicks off because of Aunty Liza’s consuming passion of schlocky horror books which leads to her purchases from an old book shop at 66b Charing Cross Road, her bargain packages include that grimoire. Liza is no stranger to the supernatural but she’s unprepared for the dark powers that are rising. It’s lucky that the Scottish Bride gets a whole new lease of life to stand shoulder to shoulder with her sisters against the dark.

Paul Magrs spins an enjoyable tale about three women and three men which takes an interesting direction and some international flights resulting in a cracking finale. Fun, frolics and fantastic fiction.

Sue Davies

July 2014

(pub: Headline. 390 page small enlarged paperback. Price: £11.99 (UK). ISBN: 978-0-7553-5948-6)

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