Lockwood & Co by Jonathan Stroud

Whatever genre you maybe into, I can vouch for this series. It’s so very good. You are bound to like it. Jonathan Stroud is a gem of a writer. His Bartimaeus trilogy is fabulous. And this one is even more so. The premise is so very imaginative and unusual. A London plagued by ghosts. Ghosts which only the young can see. And so, it’s the lot of the children to rid London of its ghosts. Lockwood & Co is the smallest ghostbusting agency in town. But it’s definitely one of the best. The leader is the charismatic Anthony Lockwood, a suave, brave, handsome, charming (you can see how much I like him 😊) hero with a past. Then there is Lucy Carlyle who has the uncanny ability to talk to ghosts and who is incidentally the narrator of the books. Last but definitely not the least is plump, dirty, bespectacled George Cubbins who acts as the group’s researcher. Together they make a formidable team. There are so many tiny details which Stroud has penned, making this difficult to imagine world seem as real as well, the real world. When I read the first book in the series, The Screaming Staircase, I was spooked. I loved it but I didn’t want that book with me. It gave me the creeps. So, I gave it away to a friend, highly recommending it. After a while, my curiosity got the better of me and I devoured the rest of the books in the series, each more fantastic than the last. In each book, Stroud unfolds one particular haunting case in dark, dangerous detail. Ooh, I can see a ghost peeping over my shoulder as I write this. Quick, where is my lavender spray? Or even a salt bomb would do. Now what are these things to do with ghosts? You know the answer. READ these books to find out. It’s a spooky, engrossing, thrilling ride. And the end of the series is fantastic. Do give this one a try.

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