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The Phantasmic Detective Agency

The Phantasmic Detective Agency

by Julian Leatherdale and Beattie Alvarez

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 08/03/2020

RRP  $19.99 $19.25
London, Christmas Eve, 1911.The world is changing fast: giant warships, aeroplanes with bombs, spies and assassins, fear of war with Germany. The cosy lives of Sophie and Samuel Keeler and their famous stage magician father Edmund Keeler are about to be torn apart by secrets, espionage and monstrous creatures from the shadows. Trapped in their stuffy Edwardian childhoods, the Keeler siblings pine for adventure. Sophie (14) dreams of being Britain's first woman detective while Samuel (15) would love to be a pilot, the newest kind of hero. They both envy their eccentric uncle Alfred, a brilliant and notorious Sherlock Holmes-like paranormal detective who uses his brilliant deductive powers and esoteric equipment to solve mysteries from the world of spirits and mythical beasts. When their uncle's performance of a Christmas Eve shadow-puppet play of Little Red Riding Hood unexpectedly releases the hungry spectre of the Shadow Wolf, Sophie and Samuel will get more adventure than they ever bargained for. But Shadow Wolf proves to be only the first mystery in a conspiracy that threatens to destroy the Keeler family, as Sophie and Samuel witness their parents, Edmund and Alice, vanish for real in the middle of their latest spectacular magic act. So they turn to their eccentric uncle to keep them safe and solve the mystery of their parents' disappearance. From the Royal Naval dockyards of Plymouth to the bone-stacked catacombs of Paris, Uncle Alfred and his two apprentice detectives, Samuel and Sophie, confront eerie creatures and blood-chilling danger as they are chased by a ruthless spy-ring determined to harness the dark forces of Magick as weapons of war. As Sophie struggles with her refusal to believe in shadow-wolves and ghosts and her brother Samuel takes terrible risks to impress their eccentric uncle, the Keeler children find moments of great courage and inspired cleverness, as they try to solve the mysteries in Uncle Alfred's casebook with plenty of clues and spine-tingling intrigue along the way.
ISBN:
9780648194538
9780648194538
Category:
General fiction (Children's / Teenage)
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
08-03-2020
Language:
English
Publisher:
Christmas Press
Country of origin:
Australia
Julian Leatherdale

Julian Leatherdale's first love was theatre. On graduation, he wrote lyrics for four comedy cabarets and a two-act musical. In 2017, he wrote the short play A Life in Ten Meals for the theatre project Breaking Bread. He discovered a passion for popular history as a staff writer, researcher and photo editor for Time-Life's Australians At War series.

He later researched and co-wrote two Film Australia-ABC documentaries Return to Sandakan and The Forgotten Force and was an image researcher at the State Library of New South Wales. He was the public relations manager for a hotel school in the Blue Mountains where he lives with his wife and two children.

His first novel Palace of Tears was published by Allen & Unwin in 2015 and HarperCollins Germany in 2016. His essay on the Hydro Majestic and Mark Foy was published on the Dictionary of Sydney website for the 2015 Blue Mountains Icons project. The Opal Dragonfly is his second novel.

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