Skulduggery Pleasant

Skulduggery Pleasant

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Meet the great Skulduggery Pleasant: wise-cracking detective, powerful magician, master of dirty tricks and burglary (in the name of the greater good, of course).

Oh yeah. And dead.

Then there's his sidekick, Stephanie. She's... well, she's a twelve-year-old girl. With a pair like this on the case, evil had better watch out...

"So you won't keep anything from me again?"
He put his hand to his chest. "Cross my heart and hope to die."
"Okay then. Though you don't actually have a heart," she said.
"I know."
"And technically, you've already died."
"I know that too."
"Just so we're clear."

Stephanie's uncle Gordon is a writer of horror fiction. But when he dies and leaves her his estate, Stephanie learns that while he may have written horror, it certainly wasn't fiction.

Pursued by evil forces intent on recovering a mysterious key, Stephanie finds help from an unusual source - the wisecracking skeleton of a dead wizard.

When all hell breaks loose, it's lucky for Skulduggery that he's already dead. Though he's about to discover that being a skeleton doesn't stop you from being tortured, if the torturer is determined enough. And if there's anything Skulduggery hates, it's torture... Will evil win the day? Will Stephanie and Skulduggery stop bickering long enough to stop it? One thing's for sure: evil won't know what's hit it.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 24mm | 270g
  • HarperCollins
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0007241623
  • 9780007241620
  • 10,879

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Praise for Derek Landy:

`Landy [has the] ability to craft an engaging story from start to finish.' Inis

`Derek Landy has been something of a publishing phenomenon.' Irish Post

Praise for Skulduggery:

'A gripping debut.' Phil Hogan, Observer

`Landy's witty style will win him fans of all ages ... It's a good job Harry's [Potter] resigning before he's forcibly retired.' Irish Mail on Sunday

'Hugely enjoyable - a thrill-a-minute adventure.' Jonathan Stroud, author of the BARTIMAEUS TRILOGY

'It's exciting, pacy, nicely handled and fun. I sincerely hope Landy revisits these characters.' Philip Ardagh, Guardian

'Skulduggery Pleasant serves up a thoroughly satisfying blend of humour, magic and adventure. Once you've met Stephanie and Skullduggery, you'll be clamouring for a sequel.' Rick Riordan, author of the PERCY JACKSON series

`A remarkably accomplished debut with wonderful dialogue.' Robert Dunbar, Irish Times

`A rip-roaring adventure.' Irish Sunday Independent
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About Derek Landy

Derek Landy lives near Dublin. Before writing his children's story about a sharply dressed skeleton detective, he wrote the screenplays for a zombie movie and a murderous horror film. "I think my career-guidance teacher is spinning in her grave," he says, "or she would be if she were dead."
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Rating details

42,606 ratings
4.2 out of 5 stars
5 48% (20,255)
4 32% (13,720)
3 15% (6,499)
2 4% (1,493)
1 1% (639)

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by Dawn
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by jesse
This is a totally amazing book. it may look like a kids book but it is far from that. This comedy-horror-adventure-fantasy book is such a I-can-not-put-you-down-you-are-so-exciting book. It's sufficiently creepy with added humor that balances it out. AWESOME more
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by Leah Frahn
This book is fantastic.The only problem is sometimes you don't know who is speaking.And the author sometimes uses the surname of a villian and the first name which makes it confusing as there are too many names to remember.Other than than,fabulous book!show more
by Petya Birant
i wasnt expecting this to be good and i thought it looked childish but its miles better than harry potter i reccomend it to everyoneshow more
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