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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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    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…

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    The Bell Between Worlds (The Mirror Chronicles #1) – Ian Johnstone

    “‘Their voice is clear and true, yet it us not breathed, not carried upon the air. It echoes like thought inside the skull, speaking words where none are spoken.’ Gabblety Row was quite the most peculiar and ramshackle building in town. Its undulating walls, hiddledy-piggledy red tiles and winding iron drainpipes all showed an utter disregard for straight lines. The frontage of four shops with three floors above rose in an astonishing disarray of red brick and dark brown beams, leaning here and lurching there until it reached the garret rooms at its top.” Having spent the past few years running through the hallways of Gabblety Row on errands for…

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    Dance of Shadows – Yelena Black

    “In the harsh glare of the lights, Chloe’s shadow stretched across the stage. Her toes pointed and taut, her arms fluttering like wings, she arched her neck and watched as her own silhouette seemed to move without her…”Venessa’s Sister, Margaret, went missing three years ago. She was in her first year at the New York City Ballet Academy. Now Venessa has followed in her footsteps, quite literally. Venessa is cast as the lead in the Academy’s first performance of the year, The Firebird; something that rarely happens to freshmen, but that did happen to Margaret. When tales of other dancers going missing, who were cast in this part too, Venessa…

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    Envy – Gregg Olsen

    “Water gushed out of the corroded faucet into the chipped, porcelain tub, pooling at the bottom with a few tangled strands of long brown hair. The water was easily 120 degrees. So hot that Katelyn Berkley could hardly stand to dip her painted green toenails into it. The scalding water instantly turned her pale skin mottled shades of crimson.” When Katelyn Berkley is found dead in her bathtub the small town of Port Gamble everyone suspects suicide, that’s what the rumour mill carries at least. But twin sisters Hayley and Taylor Ryan believe different, they weren’t close to Katelyn but that’s because she’d pushed them away – they were all…

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    Midwinterblood – Marcus Sedgwick

    “The sun does not go down. This is the first thing that Eric Seven notices about Blessed Island. There will be many other strange things that he will notice, before forgetting takes hold of him, but that will come later.” When Eric arrives on Blessed Island he finds himself a changed man. Usually a lonely workaholic, he seems to turn into a laid back guy, craving the company of the very pretty young lady Merle, who lives on the island.  Eric realises something is wrong however and cant get it out of his mind that he’s been on the island before, and he knows Merle from somewhere else, even though he can remember neither. But what…