Jun 18, 2014

"Waiting On" Wednesday #152: The Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud!

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

The Whispering Skull
(Lockwood & Co., #2)
Jonathan Stroud

Publication date:
September 16th, 2014

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.

The author of the blockbuster Bartimaeus series delivers another amusing, chilling, and ingeniously plotted entry in the critically acclaimed Lockwood & Co. series.

The Whispering Skull is one of my most anticipated 2014 books! The first book The Screaming Staircase was one of the most surprising reads for me last year, and it was one of my best 2013 reads, so I'm really excited about reading this sequel. I actually got approved for an eARC, and I'm planning to read it next week for the YALC Readathon. If you still haven't read The Screaming Staircase, you have no idea what you are missing, so I highly recommend it!

What are you waiting for this week?
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  1. OOoh nice! Glad to hear you got the ARC! That's always a wonderful moment!

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    Have a GREAT day!

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  2. What an exciting pick
    I hope you'll enjoy it a lot :)


  3. Ahh, I haven't read the first, which I'll have to before YALC, not 100% if I'm going yet, depending on a few things, but I'm hoping. Going to be so much fun! :) Glad you already got this though.

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    Kirsty @ StudioReads

    1. Well, I hope you'll read The Screaming Staircase (before or after YALC), and that you'll love it as much as I did.

      Have fun at YALC if you're going, and thanks for stopping by :)

  4. Wow, I love that cover! Thanks for sharing :) Here is my My WOW!

    1. Yeah, the cover is so cool, right? And you're welcome & thanks for stopping by!

  5. This sound amazing. I need to check out the first book! Great pick.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever's WoW

    1. Yes, you definitely must check out The Screaming Staircase!

      Thanks for stopping by, Jenea!

  6. Creepy creepy creeepy! I love it! but it sounds thrilling :)

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    1. Well, the 1st book was creepy & thrilling, so I'm pretty sure this one will be, too :) I'm really looking forward to it!

      Thanks for stopping by :)