Review - The Beast of London by L.D. Goffigan

The Beast of London by L.D. Goffigan
Narrated by Danielle Cohen
Series: Mina Murray #1
Publisher: L.D. Goffigan
Publication Date: May 30, 2019
Date Read: June 13, 2019
Length: 6 hours 51 minutes
Source: Audiobook Boom
In this electrifying retelling of a classic tale, Mina Murray takes center stage, embarking on a dangerous adventure...

London, 1890. Mina Murray once lived an adventurous life, but after a tragedy in the forests of Transylvania, she left it all behind. Now she has settled into a quiet routine as a schoolteacher in London, engaged to the respectable solicitor Jonathan Harker, attempting to fit into the stuffy upper class London society to which he belongs.

But when vampires abduct Jonathan, her dark past comes careening into her present. Determined to rescue him, she teams up with her former paramour Abraham Van Helsing and his colleague, Scotland Yard Inspector John Seward.

As they pursue Jonathan's abductors from England to the Low Countries and beyond, Mina realizes that Jonathan's abduction is tied to a larger threat against humanity...
My Review

I thought that this was a very well done audiobook.  This is a Dracula retelling but I really cannot make any comparisons since I have yet to read the original.  I was drawn to this story because I tend to enjoy a good vampire story and the time period of this tale was really interesting.  This turned out to be a very quick read for me and a highly enjoyable one as well.

Mina Murray was a really interesting character.  She was not like most of the ladies you would find in London during the 1890s.  She cares less about society and propriety than her peers.  She is engaged to a man that seems to be her perfect fit who loves her just as she is.  When Jonathan is taken, she must do everything in her power to find him before it is too late.

I loved the way that vampires were represented in this story.  I thought that the evidence that they have been around for quite some time was very well done.  I liked that their presence was shown in various ways including the after-effects of an attack in a young woman.  There was a lot of emotion tied to some of these events and I found them quite exciting.

I thought that Danielle Cohen did a fantastic time with the narration.  This was the first time that I have had the chance of listening to her work but I think she added a lot to the story.  I felt like she was able to add a lot of emotion to her reading and she handled all of the character voices very well.  I had no problem listening to this book for hours at a time.

I would recommend this book to others.  I thought that this was a very well done vampire story with some great characters.  I do hope to continue with this series!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
About the Author

L.D. Goffigan writes historical fiction and historical fantasy novels. She studied film and dramatic writing at New York University. Though she grew up on the East Coast, she now resides in a large glittering city by the sea on the West Coast.

She enjoys exploring fierce and complex heroes and heroines of the past and bringing them to life in the present. Her interests range from history to adventure, romance to thrillers–all facets you’ll find in her books.

When not writing, you can find her traveling to places she’s never been, reading the latest book which strikes her fancy, or watching an obscure documentary about ancient past times (such documentaries do exist). And, of course, daydreaming about the next tale she’ll tale, fantastical or otherwise . . .

Author Links: Website | Goodreads


  1. Oh, Mina? That could be interesting

  2. nothing more interesting than a girl who can kill vampires, and knows VAn Helsing

  3. My kind of story. I am glad you enjoyed it. I will have to look into this one.

  4. Sounds really good! Glad you enjoyed it and I am pretty sure I have this on my Kindle somewhere.

  5. I've never read Dracula either, but this sounds like a well-done book, re-telling or not. Glad you liked it.


  6. i love a good vampire story too. glad you enjoyed this
    sherry @ fundinmental

  7. Oh I always like books like that, the setting is intriguing too

  8. I love the sound of this one. It's got a Sherlock Holmes meets Dracula feel which I don't think I've ever really seen before. Definitely adding to my TBR!

  9. I read a few Dracula retellings several years ago and they were fun. Dracula the classic was actually not that great for me. LOL

    This looks good.

  10. I love the original Dracula and the retellings that have come from it.

  11. I haven't heard of this, but I must add it to my wish list! I love Dracula and the re-tellings are such fun. I am glad you enjoyed this one.

  12. I like the idea for this and will be checking it out. Such atmosphere on the cover!

  13. I didn't like the original Dracula but I really enjoyed this book! I hope to catch up with the whole series before autumn ends!

  14. I'm kind of off vampires at the moment but I like a different take on things. I like hitoricals best with mystery or fantasy. Wonderful review!

    Anne - Books of My Heart

  15. Awesome review! I really enjoyed this one as well!

  16. Hmmm, this is tempting! I've always rather liked Dracula.

  17. Thanks for the great review Carole!


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