Book Review: The Curse of Kali by Guido Henkel

For a fun romp through a pseudo-Victorian England murder mystery, you can’t go wrong with The Curse of Kali.

There’s enough tension and fast paced action, I read the book in a single afternoon. A gothic feeling pervades the story and just to alert parents, violence is involved. It is a murder mystery, after all. “Kali” will especially appeal to teens or adults with a taste for supernatural horror, but think “X-Files” rather than “Friday the 13th.”

There’s a heroine who literally kicks more butt than the hero detective, Jason Dark, a revenge-driven not-quite-ghost, a murderous Hindu statue, hopping vampires (a true Chinese legend and ultra creepy) and more.

For instance, there’s the somewhat gratuitous appearance of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. By “gratuitous,” I don’t mean I didn’t enjoy their cameos. I did. I would have preferred that the characters continued to put in appearances throughout the book, which they don’t. Yet it was still delightful to see them and agree with the other characters’ assessments of Holmes.

The book does have some minor points to quibble over, though most readers won’t care. There were a few moments when I stubbed my reader’s eyes on anachronisms, but hey, there are vampires. There is no reason to expect total historical accuracy in a story when you know to expect supernatural or science fictional elements.

If you or your teens enjoy mysteries or the supernatural, this is a must-read and I can’t wait to read the sequel, “Fu Man Chu’s Vampire.” Stay tuned for my interview with the author, Guido Henkel.

8 Responses to “Book Review: The Curse of Kali by Guido Henkel”

  1. Rachna Chhabria says:

    The Curse of Kali sounds intriguing, I like the idea of a murderous statue

  2. Janet Johnson says:

    This sounds like a fun (yet creepy) romp through victorian England. LOVE the idea of Sherlock Holmes and Watson putting in an appearance. 🙂

  3. DWei says:

    Not really my kind of book I think. I haven't touched a fantasy novel in a while.

  4. Victoria Dixon says:

    The murderous statue and the hopping vampires were great. And creepy. ;D

    The bit with Holmes and Watson was particularly fun because Jason Dark's opinion on Holmes is astute and no less than what many of us have thought. LOL

    I'd say it was probably more horror/murder mystery than fantasy, though the difference between horror and fantasy is very thin here. So sorry you don't read fantasy! I can honestly say, I'd be a very different person without fantasy in my life. I suspect I'd be an unhappy creature, so thank God for fantasy! 🙂

  5. Giora says:

    I can't find how to leave a comment for your interview with the author. Great interview and it'll will be interesting to read about vampires in China, in his upcoming book.

  6. DWei says:

    I can't comment on your interview. Was this intentional?

  7. Victoria Dixon says:

    I'm so sorry, guys and THANK YOU for telling me! My mouse sometimes goes out of control without me (Curse of the Laptop) and it must have hit the "Don't Allow" button when I published the article. I've republished it now and you should be able to comment.

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