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The Whispering Skull

Ghosts and ghouls beware! The smallest, shabbiest, most talented psychic detection agency is back.

Life is never exactly peaceful for Lockwood and Co. Lucy and George are trying to solve the mystery of the talking skull trapped in their ghost-jar, while Lockwood is desperate for an exciting new case.

Things seem to be looking up when the team is called to Kensal Green Cemetery to investigate the grave of a sinister Victorian doctor. Strange apparitions have been seen there, and the site must be made safe. As usual, Lockwood is confident; as usual, everything goes wrong – a terrible phantom is freed, and a dangerous object is stolen from the coffin.

Lockwood & Co. must recover the relic before its power is unleashed, but it’s a race against time. Their obnoxious rivals from the Fittes agency are also on the hunt. And if that’s not bad enough, the skull in the ghost-jar is stirring again,

The Whispering Skull is the second installment in the chilling and humorous Lockwood & Co. series.


US edition available in
Ptolemy's Gate
UK edition available in harback, paperback
and ebook.



"If you’re a fan of swordplay, ghost stories and snark, go out RIGHT NOW and pick up the first book…Fingers crossed that Jonathan Stroud will keep these books coming for a ZILLION YEARS."
Kirkus Reviews
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“A dashing teenage hero, a ghostly cult leader and a girl gravedigger with serious personal hygiene issues are just some of the delights that lie in wait in The Whispering Skull, Jonathan Stroud’s second book in the Lockwood & Co. series.”
The Independent

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“Seriously scary, brilliant prose.”
The Metro

“I’ve waited with baited breath for the latest instalment of Jonathan Stroud’s Lockwood & Co novels. At last, The Whispering Skull is here - and it’s definitely worth the wait… The story is just as spooky, and brilliantly told as the previous instalment, which admittedly you don’t need to have read first but why miss out?”
The Scotsman

"Blending deadpan humour with thrilling action . . .no shortage of creepy moments."
The Guardian


German edition available
in hardback and audio CD.


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