The Whispering Skull

The Whispering Skull

Book - 2014
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London's smallest, shabbiest and most talented psychic detection agency is back. Life is never exactly peaceful for Lockwood & Co. Lucy and George are trying to solve the mystery of the talking skull trapped in their ghost jar, while Lockwood is desperate for an exciting new case. Things seem to be looking up when the team is called to Kensal Green Cemetery to investigate the grave of a sinister Victorian doctor. Strange apparitions have been seen there, and the site must be made safe. As usual, Lockwood is confident; as usual, everything goes wrong - a terrible phantom is unleashed, and a dangerous object is stolen from the coffin. Lockwood & Co must recover the relic before its power is unleashed, but it's a race against time. Their obnoxious rivals from the Fittes agency are also on the hunt. And if that's not bad enough, the skull in the ghost-jar is stirring again.
Publisher: London :, Doubleday Children's,, 2014.
ISBN: 9780857532657
Branch Call Number: OLDER FICTION
Characteristics: 485 pages ;,25 cm.


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The author of the blockbuster Bartimaeus sequence delivers another humorous and chilling instalment in the critically acclaimed Lockwood & CO. series.

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kirstd31 Nov 21, 2016

This book was better than the first one. Suspenseful and full of mystery. Can Lockwood and Company figure out who took the mirror before it is too late!!! I love the skull in the jar. I hope we can learn more about him.

Oct 22, 2015

After The Screaming Staircase I read The Whispering Skull. One word......AWESOMENESS!!!!! Stroud really has a talent in the horror industry. The Whispering Skull tied right in and the end left readers speechless. (Although I kinda suspected as much) What interested me right away about the series was that it was like no other book I had read before, meaning, it was just about them and their stor
y. Not the heroes that will define the ghost busting age or conquer them forever. But the normal struggling agency and it' hilarious characters. ( if you could call living with phantoms and poltergeists in your world "normal.") I think all the characters are my favorite in different ways. I believe horror and humor is the craziest combo in a book that I have ever read. Somehow though Stroud manages to pull it off wonderfully. Keep it up!!! I just bought the Hollow Boy.........btw I agree with GhostWriterAt221B uhhh why aren' t Lockwood and Lucy together yet?

JCLHilaryS Mar 25, 2015

A very fun read. The team is hired for what seems a simple job in the cemetery. But nothing is ever simple for this trio.

What's found in and then stolen from the cemetery leads to a fast-paced and thrilling investigation. The skull jar introduced in The Screaming Staircase holds a vital clue in solving the mystery.

Stroud does an excellent job in providing some comic relief to the eerie tone of the book, keeping it from becoming too dark or gory.

Feb 03, 2015

This was slightly better than the first installment. I'm not looking forward to the next book. Not because I'm dreading it, but because I'm not invested in reading it.

natalie_g Nov 25, 2014

So good! I love Lockwood and Co. This is the best mystery series for higher elementary kids. Plenty of suspense and not as predictable as most juvenile fiction tends to be. I highly recommend for any kiddo (or adult!) who enjoys Neil Gaiman.

Nov 19, 2014

Aimless, slightly amusing, but overall... it honestly did not meet the high standards that the previous installment had set. The entire plot line was, to be frank, dull and lifeless like the specters that the trio hunts. The team seemed slightly out of character, their conversations awkward and choppy. Obvious tension between Lockwood and Lucy. I have one question, though... Why haven't Lockwood and Lucy kissed yet? There was an ideal scene on the rooftop where it almost happened, but that's not enough for me... Overall, it was not worth the grueling wait of an entire year. I would still urge you to read it though, because the ending will cause you to participate involuntarily in spontaneous internal combustion. It is that amazing. Harsh, but true...

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