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    The Whispering Skull (Lockwood & Co #2) – Jonathan Stroud

    “‘Don’t look now,’ Lockwood said. ‘There’s two of them.’  I snatched a glance behind me and saw that he was right. Not far off, on the other wise of the glade, a second ghost had risen from the earth. Like the first it was a pale, man-shaped curtain of mist that hovered above the dark wet grass. Its head seemed oddly skewed, as if broken at the neck.”  When the Lockwood & Co. team find themselves in a sticky situation and Kipps’ Fittes gang save them all Lockwood can do is enter into a deal. The next time they go head to head on a case, the best team wins…

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    Hate – Alan Gibbons

    “Saturday, 10 August, 2013 The last time I saw Rosie, she was getting on the bus with Paul. It was August and the air was thick with dust and petrol fumes on the Manchester road. Off to our left, on the far side of the housing estate, sun and shadow were playing tag on the hills. Some of the people at the stop noticed the young couple next to them. Rosie and Paul didn’t seem to notice. They were used to the attention.” When Eve gets the news that her sister is in hospital after a vicious attack and may not ever fully recover she thinks things can’t get any…

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    Dead Jealous – Sharon Jones

    “It had to be here.  The soles of his shoes squeaked from marble to wood as he ran between the choir stalls, swinging the torch beam like a whip that could beat back the night.  How could he have been so stupid as to lose the book? If he didn’t find it he was dead.  A faint scuffling noise brought him to a halt. Shit! His fingers fumbled to shut off the torch. The light died and he stood frozen, holding his breath.” When Poppy Sinclair and her boyfriend, Michael, visit Cambridge for Michael’s interview they expect a relaxing weekend visiting her father and seeing the sights. However the sights…

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    Smart – Kim Slater

    “It just look like a pile of rags, floating on the water.  Jean sat on the bench with the brass plaque on. It said: In Memory of Norman Reeves, who spent many happy hours here.  The plaque means Norman Reeves is dead, but it doesn’t actually say that.  Jean held her head in her hands and her body was all jerky, like when you are laughing or crying, I guessed she was crying and I was right.  ‘He was my friend,’ she sobbed.” Jeans friend has been murdered. But the police don’t agree. To them he was just another homeless person who’s fallen into the river after one too many…

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    Witch Finder – Ruth Warburton

    “Luke lifted his head and sniffed the dusk. The risk smell of roast chestnut pierced the cold foggy air, above the more familiar Spitalfields stink: horse manure, coal smoke, rubbish. Another day he might have searched his pockets for a farthing, bought a paper cone of hot, burst chestnuts and burnt his fingers as he ate. Not today. Not with his stomach churning like a wash tub and a fluttering sickness in his gut.”  When Witches killed his parents, Luke swore he would do anything to avenge their deaths. He has a gift and he plans to use it. His gift is that he can see magic, and the witches…

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    Finding Jennifer Jones – Anne Cassidy

    “Kate Rickman looked down at her hands.  Hands that had killed.  She held them flat, palms down. Her hands were pale a threadwork of veins just visible underneath the skin. The fingers were thin and seemed to tremble as she stared at them. The nails were short. There was no varnish and no rings; no decoration of any kind.” Kate Rickman is a student, living in Exmouth attending Exeter University. Only her probation officer knows the truth about her, and thats how it has to stay. However when a none year old holiday maker goes missing the police are suspicious of her whereabouts on the night. They take her in…

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    The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co #1) – Jonathan Stroud

    “Of the first few hauntings I investigated with Lockwood & Co. I intend to say little, in part to protect the identity of the victims, in part because of the gruesome nature of the incidents, but mainly because, in a variety of ingenious ways, we succeeded in cocking them all up. There, I’ve admitted it! Not a single one of those early cases ended as neatly as we’d have wished.” When Lucy Carlyle goes for her interview at Lockwood & Co. the agency seemed unusual and shabby, there wasn’t the formality that there had been at the other agencies and one of the workers seemed sure she would run screaming…

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    Cruel Summer – James Dawson

    “Fade in: One Year Ago Against the white cliffs, the girl in the red dress was as vivid as a drop of blood. Even by moonlight, the rugged shoreline was visible for miles at sea: two vast cave mouths yawned, black stains scarring the chalk. The tide was coming in, advancing on a dark, rocky beach; the surf sighed over the shingle as the waves crept closer.” The holiday seemed like a good idea to Ryan, he would finally have his friends all together again, all except Janey of course. A year since her death and still the niggle was there for Ryan that it wasn’t just suicide, there was…

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    Soul Storm – Kate Harrison

    ***Please note that this is the third in a trilogy. Whilst I have tried to refrain from spoiling any aspects of the story there may be some assumptions about the previous books that can be made from this review*** “Loneliness is worse than death.  It rots you from the inside out, making you disappear. I avoid mirrors, because I am afraid I will see a space where I should be. And when I accidentally catch a glimpse of my reflection in a window, I am surprised at how solid I look. How ‘normal’.” For a year now Alice has been visiting Soul Beach, a website where she can talk to, touch and…

  • Guest Post

    Dead Jealous Blog Tour: Will the real Lake District please step forward! By Sharon Jones

    Today I have the wonderful Sharon Jones, author of the contemporary murder mystery Dead Jealous, on the blog talking about settings and in particular, The Lake District. The setting of Dead Jealous was one of the things that really made the book stand apart from others when I read it and I love hearing more about how Sharon came up with that and what kind of prompting that took. So enough of me wittering on, over to Sharon…  *** For me, writing a place is just like writing a character. I need to know its moods, its strengths and weaknesses. I need to be able to see it in my…