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Publisher Comments:

Something mysterious and terrible is happening throughout Victorian London: Ghosts are disappearing. When this reaches the attention of the Ghost Bureau, the diligent but clueless Mr. Lapsewood, a paranormal paper-pusher, is sent to investigate, and what he discovers is grave. The Black Rot has arrived — a voracious spiritual infestation whereby empty haunted houses suck in unsuspecting ghosts and imprison them. Lapsewoods investigation weaves through the plotlines of several other memorable characters — both living and dead — including an undertakers son who can see ghosts, a serial throat-slasher reminiscent of Jack the Ripper, an evangelical exorcist, and many more. The living and dead must work together if they hope to destroy the Black Rot — before it destroys both the ghost and human worlds.

This highly atmospheric and bitingly funny ghost story by successful British author Gareth P. Jones will delight fans of Eva Ibbotson and Neil Gaiman.

Review:

"British author Jones (the Ninja Meerkats series) offers a witty take on Victorian ghost stories that mixes dark humor and satire with an almost traditional boy's adventure format. Sam Toop is the son of an undertaker, and has, after years of being exposed to the dead, become a 'Talker,' who can see and hear ghosts. When an amoral exorcist starts banishing ghosts in London, the places they'd previously haunted become corrupt and eerie to the living, a situation that can only be fixed when a new ghost is trapped there. A ghostly bureaucrat named Lapsewood investigates, and his attempts to fix the problem lands him in ghost prison and leads to Sam's violent uncle, Jack, being enlisted to help find new ghosts — something he decides is easiest if he creates the ghosts himself. From the often hilarious and inept ghostly bureaucracy to Jack's grisly murders and the horror of innocent ghosts being banished, Jones casts a wide net. As a result, the novel can ramble, but Jones's vision and verve give it heaps of charm. Ages 10 – 14." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Review:

"Jones has crafted a menacing, spooky Victorian London full of criminals and unfinished business, which is well balanced by the biting satire and buffoonery of the Bureau. Add to that a cast of fascinating, well-wrought characters — from the smarmy and threatening Jack, to the precocious, pot-stirring aspiring journalist, Clara — and its a winning combination of macabre atmosphere, whimsical antics, and heartfelt, earnest friendship." Booklist, starred review

Review:

"This story is sure to tickle the funny bone and satisfy the taste for some gruesome adventure while appealing to both girls and boys. A fun read that includes intrigue, murder, mystery, and a young damsel who rescues them all." School Library Journal, starred review

Review:

"Both spine-chilling and raucously funny, this ghostly Victorian mystery knits humor and horror into a lively supernatural escapade for confident readers." Library Media Connection, highly recommended

Review:

"Jones is interested in giving readers more than spooky thrills; his characters have moral heft and are concerned with issues such as culpability, whether people can be considered good if they have done bad things, and the importance of living life to its fullest." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"It is part mystery, part adventure, and thoroughly delightful." VOYA

Synopsis:

Something mysterious and terrible is happening throughout Victorian London: Ghosts are disap­pearing. When this reaches the attention of the Ghost Bureau, the diligent but clueless Mr. Lapsewood, a paranormal paper-pusher, is sent to investigate, and what he discovers is grave. The Black Rot has arrived—a voracious spiritual infestation whereby empty haunted houses suck in unsuspecting ghosts and imprison them. Lapsewoods investigation weaves through the plotlines of several other memorable characters—both living and dead—including an undertakers son who can see ghosts, a serial throat-slasher reminiscent of Jack the Ripper, an evangelical exorcist, and many more. The living and dead must work together if they hope to destroy the Black Rot—before it destroys both the ghost and human worlds.

This highly atmospheric and bitingly funny ghost story by successful British author Gareth P. Jones will delight fans of Eva Ibbotson and Neil Gaiman.

Praise for Constable and Toop

STARRED REVIEWS

"Jones has crafted a menacing, spooky Victorian London full of criminals and unfinished business, which is well balanced by the biting satire and buffoonery of the Bureau. Add to that a cast of fascinating, well-wrought characters—from the smarmy and threatening Jack, to the precocious, pot-stirring aspiring journalist, Clara—and its a winning combination of macabre atmosphere, whimsical antics, and heartfelt, earnest friendship."

--Booklist, starred review

"This story is sure to tickle the funny bone and satisfy the taste for some gruesome adventure while appealing to both girls and boys. A fun read that includes intrigue, murder, mystery, and a young damsel who rescues them all."

--School Library Journal, starred review

"Both spine-chilling and raucously funny, this ghostly Victorian mystery knits humor and horror into a lively supernatural escapade for confident readers."

--Library Media Connection, highly recommended

"Jones is interested in giving readers more than spooky thrills; his characters have moral heft and are concerned with issues such as culpability, whether people can be considered good if they have done bad things, and the importance of living life to its fullest."

--Kirkus Reviews

"British author Jones offers a witty take on Victorian ghost stories that mixes dark humor and satire with an almost traditional boys adventure format."

--Publishers Weekly

"It is part mystery, part adventure, and thoroughly delightful."

--VOYA

About the Author

Gareth P. Jones is the popular UK-based author of The Dragon Detective Agency series, The Considine Curse (Blue Peter Book of the Year 2012), and the Ninja Meerkats series. He is also a TV producer and plays “a slightly ludicrous number of stringed instruments.”

Product Details

ISBN:
9781419707827
Author:
Jones, Gareth P.
Publisher:
Harry N. Abrams
Author:
Jones, Gareth
Subject:
Horror & Ghost Stories
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-Europe
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20131008
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 5 up to 9
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
from 10 up to 14

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "British author Jones (the Ninja Meerkats series) offers a witty take on Victorian ghost stories that mixes dark humor and satire with an almost traditional boy's adventure format. Sam Toop is the son of an undertaker, and has, after years of being exposed to the dead, become a 'Talker,' who can see and hear ghosts. When an amoral exorcist starts banishing ghosts in London, the places they'd previously haunted become corrupt and eerie to the living, a situation that can only be fixed when a new ghost is trapped there. A ghostly bureaucrat named Lapsewood investigates, and his attempts to fix the problem lands him in ghost prison and leads to Sam's violent uncle, Jack, being enlisted to help find new ghosts — something he decides is easiest if he creates the ghosts himself. From the often hilarious and inept ghostly bureaucracy to Jack's grisly murders and the horror of innocent ghosts being banished, Jones casts a wide net. As a result, the novel can ramble, but Jones's vision and verve give it heaps of charm. Ages 10 – 14." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "Jones has crafted a menacing, spooky Victorian London full of criminals and unfinished business, which is well balanced by the biting satire and buffoonery of the Bureau. Add to that a cast of fascinating, well-wrought characters — from the smarmy and threatening Jack, to the precocious, pot-stirring aspiring journalist, Clara — and its a winning combination of macabre atmosphere, whimsical antics, and heartfelt, earnest friendship."
"Review" by , "This story is sure to tickle the funny bone and satisfy the taste for some gruesome adventure while appealing to both girls and boys. A fun read that includes intrigue, murder, mystery, and a young damsel who rescues them all."
"Review" by , "Both spine-chilling and raucously funny, this ghostly Victorian mystery knits humor and horror into a lively supernatural escapade for confident readers."
"Review" by , "Jones is interested in giving readers more than spooky thrills; his characters have moral heft and are concerned with issues such as culpability, whether people can be considered good if they have done bad things, and the importance of living life to its fullest."
"Review" by , "It is part mystery, part adventure, and thoroughly delightful."
"Synopsis" by ,
Something mysterious and terrible is happening throughout Victorian London: Ghosts are disap­pearing. When this reaches the attention of the Ghost Bureau, the diligent but clueless Mr. Lapsewood, a paranormal paper-pusher, is sent to investigate, and what he discovers is grave. The Black Rot has arrived—a voracious spiritual infestation whereby empty haunted houses suck in unsuspecting ghosts and imprison them. Lapsewoods investigation weaves through the plotlines of several other memorable characters—both living and dead—including an undertakers son who can see ghosts, a serial throat-slasher reminiscent of Jack the Ripper, an evangelical exorcist, and many more. The living and dead must work together if they hope to destroy the Black Rot—before it destroys both the ghost and human worlds.

This highly atmospheric and bitingly funny ghost story by successful British author Gareth P. Jones will delight fans of Eva Ibbotson and Neil Gaiman.

Praise for Constable and Toop

STARRED REVIEWS

"Jones has crafted a menacing, spooky Victorian London full of criminals and unfinished business, which is well balanced by the biting satire and buffoonery of the Bureau. Add to that a cast of fascinating, well-wrought characters—from the smarmy and threatening Jack, to the precocious, pot-stirring aspiring journalist, Clara—and its a winning combination of macabre atmosphere, whimsical antics, and heartfelt, earnest friendship."

--Booklist, starred review

"This story is sure to tickle the funny bone and satisfy the taste for some gruesome adventure while appealing to both girls and boys. A fun read that includes intrigue, murder, mystery, and a young damsel who rescues them all."

--School Library Journal, starred review

"Both spine-chilling and raucously funny, this ghostly Victorian mystery knits humor and horror into a lively supernatural escapade for confident readers."

--Library Media Connection, highly recommended

"Jones is interested in giving readers more than spooky thrills; his characters have moral heft and are concerned with issues such as culpability, whether people can be considered good if they have done bad things, and the importance of living life to its fullest."

--Kirkus Reviews

"British author Jones offers a witty take on Victorian ghost stories that mixes dark humor and satire with an almost traditional boys adventure format."

--Publishers Weekly

"It is part mystery, part adventure, and thoroughly delightful."

--VOYA

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