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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Lockwood and Co: The Screaming Staircase (YA)


Book #58 Read in 2014
Lockwood and Co.:  The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud (YA)

This is the first in a young adult paranormal mystery series.  Children can see ghosts or spirits; adults cannot.  Due to this, ghosthunting agencies are made up of young children and teenagers.  Lockwood and Co. is one of these agencies, run by Anthony Lockwood.  He has his assistant George, whose strength is doing research, and hires Lucy, a young woman who can hear the spirits.  Their agency is hired by people and businesses to find the "source" of the spirit and put it to rest.  Some times this works out better than other times.  Lucy finds the spirit of a murdered woman, Annie, and the agency begins to look into her murder.  But is the murderer trying to stop their investigation?

This book is a good read and is well written.  There are some slow parts in the early stage of the book, but that is set up that does help support the story.  It includes good action, a decent mystery and intelligent and interesting characters.  I have #2 in my TBR pile.  I borrowed #1 from my local library.

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