The Whispering Skull

The Whispering Skull

eBook - 2014
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In the six months since Anthony, Lucy, and George survived a night in the most haunted house in England, Lockwood & Co. hasn't made much progress. Quill Kipps and his team of Fittes agents keep swooping in on Lockwood's investigations. Finally, in a fit of anger, Anthony challenges his rival to a contest: the next time the two agencies compete on a job, the losing side will have to admit defeat in the Times newspaper. Things look up when a new client, Mr. Saunders, hires Lockwood & Co. to be present at the excavation of Edmund Bickerstaff, a Victorian doctor who reportedly tried to communicate with the dead. Saunders needs the coffin sealed with silver to prevent any supernatural trouble. All goes well-until George's curiosity attracts a horrible phantom. Back home at Portland Row, Lockwood accuses George of making too many careless mistakes. Lucy is distracted by urgent whispers coming from the skull in the ghost jar. Then the team is summoned to DEPRAC headquarters. Kipps is there too, much to Lockwood's annoyance. Bickerstaff's coffin was raided and a strange glass object buried with the corpse has vanished. Inspector Barnes believes the relic to be highly dangerous, and he wants it found.
Publisher: [United States] : Disney Book Group : Made available through hoopla, 2014
ISBN: 9781484711460
1484711467
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital

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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.

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BookNerdoftheWorld
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.

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k3j0
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.

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GhostWriter221b
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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