Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: the Whispering Skull

The Whispering Skull
By Jonathan Stroud (September 16th 2014, Disney Hyperion)

From Goodreads:

In the six months since Anthony, Lucy, and George survived a night in the most haunted house in England, Lockwood & Co. hasn't made much progress. Quill Kipps and his team of Fittes agents keep swooping in on Lockwood's investigations. Finally, in a fit of anger, Anthony challenges his rival to a contest: the next time the two agencies compete on a job, the losing side will have to admit defeat in the Times newspaper.

Things look up when a new client, Mr. Saunders, hires Lockwood & Co. to be present at the excavation of Edmund Bickerstaff, a Victorian doctor who reportedly tried to communicate with the dead. Saunders needs the coffin sealed with silver to prevent any supernatural trouble. All goes well-until George's curiosity attracts a horrible phantom.

Back home at Portland Row, Lockwood accuses George of making too many careless mistakes. Lucy is distracted by urgent whispers coming from the skull in the ghost jar. Then the team is summoned to DEPRAC headquarters. Kipps is there too, much to Lockwood's annoyance. Bickerstaff's coffin was raided and a strange glass object buried with the corpse has vanished. Inspector Barnes believes the relic to be highly dangerous, and he wants it found.

K’s thoughts:

The Screaming Staircase was one of the best books that R and I read in 2013, so the second we finished it, we were like: “Where is the second one?!” The world building is amazing and totally immersive and the characters and are so real and engaging, you’re sad you have to leave them.  So this book is a definite must for us, and since I’ve hearing some many good things about it, September couldn’t come soon enough!

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