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

July 14, 2015 Review 0

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

A story too secret, too terrifying—and too shockingly intimate—for Victorian eyes.

A note to the Editor

Dear Henry,

I have been Simon Feximal’s companion, assistant and chronicler for twenty years now, and during that time my Casebooks of Feximal the Ghost-Hunter have spread the reputation of this most accomplished of ghost-hunters far and wide.

You have asked me often for the tale of our first meeting, and how my association with Feximal came about. I have always declined, because it is a story too private to be truthfully recounted, and a memory too precious to be falsified. But none knows better than I that stories must be told.

So here is it, Henry, a full and accurate account of how I met Simon Feximal, which I shall leave with my solicitor to pass to you after my death.

I dare say it may not be quite what you expect.

Robert Caldwell
September 1914

Title: The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal
Author: K.J. Charles
Series: The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal
Published by Samhain Publishing
Source: Author
Published: June 16th 2015
Genres: Ghost Story, Horror, Male Male Romance, Paranormal
Pages: 224
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Stars: four-stars
Flames: three-flames

I’m not a fan of ghost stories. I don’t like to be scared by things that go bump in the night so the fact that I signed up to read The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal was completely out of the norm for me. To tell you the truth, I chose to read it because I liked the title. It was kind of quirky and I knew If I didn’t at least discover what the title was about, I knew it would have bothered me for a while. And… I really liked the book!


I didn’t realize it was a series of short stories about Robert and Simon collected to make one book. You see, I’ve never read anything by K.J. Charles so I had no clue. Now I get it. The book is told completely from Robert’s first person POV of his relationship and experiences he had with Simon. Not just hunting ghost but what they went through as two men involved during the Victorian era. Now, normally, I shy away from horror and ghosts because I prefer to not be freaked out. Frankly, after their first encounter, I realized this wouldn’t be a uber scary story. Don’t get me wrong, there is horror and evil, which doesn’t all come from the dead, but Simon’s need to help ghosts seems to be more along the lines for good reasons. Some of the stories/chapters, are more fascinating than others although as I reach the end of each chapter, things would click into place the purpose behind them.


There’s a interesting cast of secondary character that add a curious layer to the book. Ms. Kay had me scratching my head for the longest time. That is until her story came out. YIKES! There are others that, whenever they appeared I had mixed feeling about. For the most part, the evil ones were easy to detect and when they finally meet their end I was cheering. But then there were a few that I felt I almost should know who they were. The Fat Man…is he a reference I should know or has the author created a character so sincere that I feel if I knew my British history better, I would know who he is?


As I’ve said before, this is my first book by K.J. Charles. I see she has a whole slew of books out with several of them about Simon and Robert. The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal has struck me curious enough that I really want to read more about them, despite not liking ghost stories. I think it’s because in the end, I really enjoyed then. I think I will indulge in more of her books.


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