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It’s a scream

Book: Lockwood & Co: The Screaming Staircase Author: Jonathan Stroud Reviewed by: Natasha Kotze Review made possible by: Random House Struik Rating: Awesome

Psychic investigations agencies have sprung up all over the country as, for more than 50 years, England has been plagued by a horrifying epidemic of ghosts.

Lucy Carlyle, a talented young agent, arrives in London with high hopes, but finds herself joining the smallest 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.

This is an awesome new series filled with dark humour and an excellent story.

I like the characters, especially Lockwood who is quick-witted and cocky and reminds me a bit of Sherlock Holmes.

Add to that some truly scary, hair-raising situations and terrifying ghosts, and you have yourself an awesome story.

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