Meet the great Skulduggery Pleasant: wisecracking detective, powerful magician, master of dirty tricks and burglary (in the name of the greater good, of course).
Oh yeah. And dead.
Then there's his sidekick, Stephanie. She's... well, she's a twelve-year-old girl. With a pair like this on the case, evil had better watch out...
"So you won't keep anything from me again?"
He put his hand to his chest. "Cross my heart and hope to die."
"Okay then. Though you don't actually have a heart," she said.
"And technically, you've already died."
"I know that too."
"Just so we're clear."
Stephanie's uncle Gordon is a writer of horror fiction. But when he dies and leaves her his estate, Stephanie learns that while he may have written horror, it certainly wasn't fiction.
Pursued by evil forces intent on recovering a mysterious key, Stephanie finds help from an unusual source - the wisecracking skeleton of a dead wizard.
When all hell breaks loose, it's lucky for Skulduggery that he's already dead. Though he's about to discover that being a skeleton doesn't stop you from being tortured, if the torturer is determined enough. And if there's anything Skulduggery hates, it's torture... Will evil win the day? Will Stephanie and Skulduggery stop bickering long enough to stop it? One thing's for sure: evil won't know what's hit it.
About the Author
Derek Landy lives near Dublin. Before writing his children's story about a sharply-dressed skeleton detective, he wrote the screenplays for a zombie movie and a murderous horror film. "I think my career-guidance teacher is spinning in her grave," he says, "or she would be if she were dead."
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Comments about Skulduggery Pleasant Tour Edition:
Skulduggery is a great character with a funny personality. However, the banter between him and his offsider gets a bit annoying after a while. Some of the violence may be a bit graphic for younger teens, but the book is a page turner and well worth the read, even for adults.
Praise for Skulduggery Pleasant: "It's exciting, pacy, nicely handled and fun." - The Guardian "A gripping debut." - The Observer "...remarkably accomplished." - Irish Times "Reading [this book] is like riding a rollercoaster." - Irish Independent "With writing of this standard, a rattling plot and definite potential for cross-over appeal, it's a good job Harry's [Potter] resigning before he's forcibly retired." - Irish Mail on Sunday "A rip-roaring adventure." Irish Sunday Independent
Series: Skulduggery Pleasant
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 1st August 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.0 x 3.2
Weight (kg): 0.278