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Tuesday, October 29, 2013
The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co. #1)
By Jonathan Stroud
Published by Disney-Hyperion

When the dead come back to haunt the living, Lockwood & Co. step in . . .

For more than fifty years, the country has been affected by a horrifying epidemic of ghosts. A number of Psychic Investigations Agencies have sprung up to destroy the dangerous apparitions.

Lucy Carlyle, a talented young agent, arrives in London hoping for a notable career. Instead she finds herself joining the smallest, most ramshackle agency in the city, run by the charismatic Anthony Lockwood. When one of their cases goes horribly wrong, Lockwood & Co. have one last chance of redemption. Unfortunately this involves spending the night in one of the most haunted houses in England, and trying to escape alive.
Set in a city stalked by spectres, The Screaming Staircase is the first in a chilling new series full of suspense, humour and truly terrifying ghosts. Your nights will never be the same again . . .


Review: Have you ever enjoyed a book so much that you slowed down your reading because you didn't want it to end? That was me reading The Screaming Staircase, a book so charming and entertaining I spread my reading out in order to savor it. I'm a huge fan of Stroud's Bartimaeus series and this book is just as well written, with an alternate British setting that is just as intriguing. 



The three central characters are all amazingly well rounded, with strengths and weaknesses. Lucy, haunted by the trauma of a ghost hunt gone horribly wrong, finds a new friendship/family with Lockwood (an intelligent and charismatic leader who's still prone to screw-ups) and George (the hilariously acerbic researcher). Together they make an entertaining team as they work to solve a mystery, save their business, and fight some ghosts along the way. Some of the ghost sequences I found very effective in their creepiness, even for someone who loves horror novels. The mystery itself was resolved satisfactorily, but there's still plenty to learn about these characters and their world. I can't wait for the sequel.

I'll be giving this book to my nephew, who's just finished Harry Potter. I think he'll love it.

4.5 Cups of tea


This book is RIP VIII approved.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Review: The Screaming Staircase (Lockhart & Co. #1)

The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co. #1)
By Jonathan Stroud
Published by Disney-Hyperion

When the dead come back to haunt the living, Lockwood & Co. step in . . .

For more than fifty years, the country has been affected by a horrifying epidemic of ghosts. A number of Psychic Investigations Agencies have sprung up to destroy the dangerous apparitions.

Lucy Carlyle, a talented young agent, arrives in London hoping for a notable career. Instead she finds herself joining the smallest, most ramshackle agency in the city, run by the charismatic Anthony Lockwood. When one of their cases goes horribly wrong, Lockwood & Co. have one last chance of redemption. Unfortunately this involves spending the night in one of the most haunted houses in England, and trying to escape alive.
Set in a city stalked by spectres, The Screaming Staircase is the first in a chilling new series full of suspense, humour and truly terrifying ghosts. Your nights will never be the same again . . .


Review: Have you ever enjoyed a book so much that you slowed down your reading because you didn't want it to end? That was me reading The Screaming Staircase, a book so charming and entertaining I spread my reading out in order to savor it. I'm a huge fan of Stroud's Bartimaeus series and this book is just as well written, with an alternate British setting that is just as intriguing. 



The three central characters are all amazingly well rounded, with strengths and weaknesses. Lucy, haunted by the trauma of a ghost hunt gone horribly wrong, finds a new friendship/family with Lockwood (an intelligent and charismatic leader who's still prone to screw-ups) and George (the hilariously acerbic researcher). Together they make an entertaining team as they work to solve a mystery, save their business, and fight some ghosts along the way. Some of the ghost sequences I found very effective in their creepiness, even for someone who loves horror novels. The mystery itself was resolved satisfactorily, but there's still plenty to learn about these characters and their world. I can't wait for the sequel.

I'll be giving this book to my nephew, who's just finished Harry Potter. I think he'll love it.

4.5 Cups of tea


This book is RIP VIII approved.

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