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Sent to live at Cloy Mansion with a distant relative, twins Mog and Nick begin to explore their surroundings and soon discover strange goings-on within its walls, thus when a governess is found hanging in a room and old documents reveal dangerous secrets, the twins must work quickly to find out who or what is behind the evil deeds taking place.
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Paul Bajoria is the author of The Printer's Devil (9/05). A writer and producer for BBC Radio 4, he was born in 1964 to a British mother and an Indian father, grew up in the North East of England, and took English degrees at Oxford and Toronto universities. He lives in Northumberland with his partner and their two young children.
Grade 6–9—This sequel to The Printer's Devil (Little, Brown, 2005) continues the adventures of Mog (Imogen) and Nick, twin orphans in early-19th-century England. Having spent most of their childhood apart under difficult conditions, the now 13-year-old siblings have been reunited and are living with Sir Septimus, a distant relative of their mother, at his rural estate. The youngsters investigate the death of their governess, the whisperings of superstitious villagers, and the return of Damyata, a mysterious man from India who is somehow connected to their past. They soon discover that Sir Septimus has been involved in numerous misdeeds, stumble upon a murderous conspiracy, and end up unraveling many family secrets. Bajoria creates a readable mix of historical fiction, mystery, and adventure. A slow start eventually builds to an exciting climax in which the local ritual of making straw "guys" and burning them becomes a stage for murder. Although the pace lags in some places and races in others, the eerie setting and macabre characters provide enough chills to overcome some uneven plotting. While this novel does not stand alone, readers of the first book will want to know the protagonists' fate. These titles, though not essential purchases, would be good picks for those too young for Philip Pullman's "Sally Lockhart" mysteries (Knopf).—Caitlin Augusta, The Darien Library, CT
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Book Description Little, Brown Books for Young, 2007. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P11031601091X
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