This was one of the most different books read by me in this year. And I was glad to have read it. The basic plot line was great: an admixture of fantasy and magic in a children’s book.
The story was set in the city of Lundenwich where magic and spirits and unexplainable beings abounded. Amongst them was Tom, suddenly plucked from the orphanage, into an extraordinary funeral home by Mrs. Wickfield who could see Tom’s potential as a medium and something more and his intelligence.
This was an eclectic read for me as the book started with a group of children in the orphanage, soon went on to become fantasy in the funeral home where it was shown how Mrs Wickfield ran a Society with talented children who were mediums, inventors, each capable of getting to the truth from autopsy to channelling. They all helped cops in solving various crimes.
If I forgot that the characters were children, then this would have sounded like a perfect YA fantasy. The author Terry Graves is talented, his imagination knows no bounds. He made the book an absolute adventure set in olden times. His descriptions of the world of Lundenwich were emotive in an eccentric manner.
Then came my niggles, the book should have been written in a simpler manner, there were too many difficult explanations. I had to go back and reread some. The flow of the book didn’t feel smooth, and Tom as the main character, took too many pages to shine through.
But the book was good fun, there was a murder mystery along with intelligent kids, magic, ghosts and spirits, unnatural talent, weird ectoplasm, machines which could capture memories, noctivages (zombies), powders which could solidify souls – all these made this book quite a distinctive read!!
I received a copy from the author, and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.
My rating : 4 stars
About the Author
Terry Graves is a pen name for Victor Selles, a Spanish writer. He has served coffees for a living and cleaned and prepared dinosaur fossil bones just for fun. Also, he writes in third person because he doesn’t have enough money to pay for a proper biographer.
Under his real name, he has published a dozen short stories in different Spanish anthologies and magazines, together with writers such as Mike Resnick, Caroline M. Yoachim, Aliette de Bodard and Lavie Tidhar. He has translated Lucy Clifford’s The New Mother into Spanish, has written scripts for two short films and has won a couple of literary competitions. He is proud to say that some of his work has been rejected by both Granta and 2000 AD magazines.
Victor Selles mostly writes slipstream and literary fiction, and the Terry Graves pseudonym is his way to play with a more straightforward approach to the fantasy genre and to explore the possibilities of self-publishing and the English language.
Author Contact Details
The city of Lundenwich is overrun by the supernatural. Now there is also a murderer on the loose who threatens to destroy the peace of the metropolis.
For Tom, who lives a dreadful existence at St Mary’s Orphanage with an uncaring caretaker, nothing would be better than to find a real family. However, his life changes when he is recruited by a mysterious old woman for her funeral business. Soon, Tom discovers that there is more to the funeral home than meets the eye, and that Mrs Wickfield takes care of the deceased in a rather unexpected way, as she secretly leads a Society of half-detectives, half-medium children who help the police solve heinous crimes.
Now Tom has to stop a vicious killer, overcome his fear of ghosts, and prove himself worthy of being a member of the Society. Will he be able, with the help of his new friends, to re-establish the city’s equilibrium?
Publication date : 24th November 2017
Lovely cover. The Book sounds exciting 😃
It was quite a different read 💝
Great review 💟😍
Happy Halloween…. How was Durga Pooja?
This sounds so cute and fantastic!! I love that cover! 😍😍
I hope you’re getting lots of sleep and relaxing! 😙😙
Blehhh…. I slept after speaking to you for an hour and now am hopping on 3 cups of coffee 🙈🙈
… You PROBABLY shouldn’t be drinking coffee, love. You should PROBABLY have food and water…
Hahaha I know but like magic, coffee was in my hand 😂😂
Hmmm… Well, I’m going to have to have a chat with those damned coffee elves…
Hehehe 😁😀 sending you cheesy grin
😒 Sending you stern glare. Don’t make Tran mountain man Nicole come after you shaking her fist…
Hehehehe *more cheesy grins* 😀😁😀😁😀😁😀😁😀😁😀😁 Cheshire grins are okay? With dimple on one side?
I am your… Wife. I’m immune to that charming shit. 😘
Oh less than a year, the seven year itch hits you!!!! 7⃣😂😂😂😂😂
Yeahhhh…. I went mad yesterday. Today I start with one cuppa tea… And maybe stop with that!!
Had my first cup of coffee about 3 hours ago… contemplating a mild tea now…
Seems very strange. I may have to look into it. I like strange books!
Jen very strange but weirdly fun book
Well, this does sounds like a really cozy and nice read. And as everyone else is saying here: the cover is just amazing! 😊
I hope you are feeling better Shalini 😘 Please take care 😊😊
I am taking care, Michel…. Just tired of meds and other things. Thank you.. The cover us fab, I agree… I found author cute. Story is also pretty nice. The next book will be wonderful, methinks
Yeah…understandable. I really am sorry that things are still not going too well. I’m still happy that you are able to read some good books, and are writing great reviews 😊
Look forward to your next one, and your next post 😊
Not reading, Michel. Can’t read. These are old scheduled posts 😓😓
Ugh…I’m sorry Shalini. I really mean it: I hope so very much that you will be feeling better soon😘
This wasn’t cozy read… It had zombies…. Unless you find them cozy and want them under/in your bed…. 🛏️😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂
Lol…well…I don’t know…I just found the premise for the book pretty cozy. And..zombies can be cozy…not the bad ones though, but if you look for instance at the movie warm bodies, the zombies there are really cute and different 😊
Huhhh…. Really!!! I didn’t know. I only saw one movie of them and had nightmares for a long time. The living dead… Ugggghhhh
Haha…well…there are sometimes some movies that put a differrent spin on the genre 😊😊 That was one of them. You would like it I think 😊
This book looks so charming!
That posted before I pressed post, perhaps there is a ghost monitoring your blog? I meant to say as charming as it can be with zombies and such!🎃🧟♀️
Hahaha true… The nactivages were terrible!! Lost souls, so apt for today. Happy Halloween
Intelligent kids are my favorite reads! There seems to be a lot going on in this book. I’m glad you enjoyed! Great review!
Thanks Jasmine. This was fun… ❤️
Sounds like a pretty cute read. Mediums in a funeral home could be useful for murder solving 😉
Oh yes and for autopsy before funeral done by kids 😉😂😂 sounds just right for you
Nice review Shalini. I do find that sometimes books written for children is too high for them to understand, but we need to give them the chance and the benefit of the doubt. I enjoy children’s books and I am glad you enjoyed this one.
This was quite different. I didn’t feel they were children, the aura was of a young adult or a teen.. Not a middle grade. But good fun
Great review, Shalini. Glad you enjoyed this one despite the issues you mentioned. It sounds different but also interesting. I love the author’s pic too. At first, I thought he wearing a witch’s hat
Hahaha he is cute with a book on. The story was quite different but still a fun read
Why the pause….