Book three of the truly awesome fun ride known as the SKULDUGGERY PLEASANT series starts off with the hunt for an apparent serial killer. Four murders have been discovered, and the novel soon announces that all four victims were teleporters. Skulduggery and Stephanie (Valkeyrie Cain for those in the know...) struggle to make sense of the violence, and with the road to official assistance being blocked after accusing the head of Sanctuary of treason at the end of book two, it takes a while for any kind of a lead to show its pretty face to our dynamic duo. But give up, they don't, and before long, a lead is found. A fifty year old murder proves to be that of a man with knowledge of the return of the Faceless Ones, and after a quick discussion of the matter with the victim, it is apparent that the current day murder spree is a twisted attempt by someone with the world's best interests at heart to stop that from happening. Or is it? Old friends are still around to help, along with some comic relief from minor characters that are brought onto the stage for some cameo appearances. As I have already said, a lead is found and it appears the book's anti-hero is known to have teleported recently into nightclubs, luxury hotels and the odd supermarket. This tells the alert reader he is still young enough to be interested in what happens to grown ups after dark, but that he is too young to learn the facts in the traditionally legitimate way. Is he, perchance, a potential partner for young Stephanie? This book is easily the series's highlight. Chapter four is pivotal to the story's development, and the end of chapter five possesses easily the best (and funniest...) sentence of the series so far. The books are still funny, lively, action packed and full of such awesome characters that you find them seriously addictive. I am also glad to see that each book is part of a giant story arc, as opposed to a series of independent adventures featuring our two heroes. This book is easily worth the five stars I have given it. The ending is emotional and shocking for all of the right (and wrong) reasons but books this good are way more than they appear. Lessons in life, love and loss are always painful, no matter at what age you come across them. I have been in the habit lately of reading several books at once, but this act of literary sabotage doesn't do anyone any justice. Least of all books by Derek Landy. They are *way* too good for that. Give them the respect they deserve. I know I will be. BFN Greggorio!