Thirteen-year-old Violet is the daughter of an undertaker: born in the mortuary, living her whole life among the dead. With a cemetery for a back garden, dealing with loss and those in mourning is nothing new for her. She can sense the dead and listens to their messages.
Then, one day, a young man is brought in – a John Doe with no family, no friends, no story. He is one of a number of recently deceased who have met with a terrible accident. Or were they accidents at all? Strange noises in the night, a mysterious woman in black and a missing body signal the start of an incredible mystery that only Violet can solve.
This story is deliciously creepy. With Victorian gothic tones, it is full of darkness and foreboding. Ghostly occurrences, black roses, empty graves and a funeral train lead Violet and her faithful dog, Bones, on a journey they will never forget. “Just a girl” by Victorian standards, Violet has a lot to prove. She is strong, brave, intelligent and more than capable of solving the crime. As she searches for clues, suspects and leads, she discovers more than she ever expected. Corruption, blackmail, debts, grudges and revenge lead her on an adventure through the dark streets, inside ruined churches and through ancient graveyards. Determined not to be underestimated, will she be able to find the truth and solve the mystery before it’s too late?
My thirteen-year-old daughter is a huge Sophie Cleverly fan having adored the Scarlet and Ivy series. We knew this new book would not disappoint but it is even better than we hoped! With excitement and intrigue at every turn, I was gripped from beginning to end. We hope there will be more in the series.
Thank you to Harper Collins Children’s Books for this fantastic book!
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