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The Thornthwaite Inheritance

The Thornthwaite InheritanceOvid and Lorelli Thornthwaite have been trying to kill each other for so long that neither twin can remember which act of attempted murder came first.

But whoever struck first, trying to take each other’s lives is simply what they do. Until one day a lawyer arrives at their house to take stock of its contents, and his accompanying son attracts their attention.

Soon a new battle evolves – one in which the twins have to work together to solve the mystery of their parents’ deaths.

Can Lorelli and Ovid overcome their old animosities, and will they ever get to finish that game of chess

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The Thornthwaite Betrayal

Everyone’s favourite murderous twins return in The Thornthwaite Betrayal (Piccadilly Books). After a lifetime of mutual mistrust and devilish plots to take each other’s lives, orphaned twins Ovid and Lorelli Thornthwaite have finally called an end to their ongoing civil war. An uncomfortable peace has fallen over their home. They are trying to live normal lives, going to school, making friends, not plotting each other’s demise – that kind of thing. Then long lost Uncle Harry comes to stay and danger returns to Thornthwaite Manor. A chandelier falls while they are under it … a fire starts in Lorelli’s room… nowhere is safe. Who could be behind the attacks? Uncle Harry? His French Chef, Beaufort Nouveau? Tom the gardener? Nurse Griddle? Hazel? Or perhaps Ovid is finding it hard to kick his old habits? As fresh mysteries emerge from within the grounds of the Thornthwaite estate, no one is above suspicion because everyone has a secret in this much anticipated sequel to The Thornthwaite Inheritance.

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Death or Ice Cream?

 

 

Larkin Mills is no ordinary town. It’s a place of contradictions and enigma, of secrets and mysteries. A place with an exquisite ice cream parlour, and an awful lot of death. There are sharks in the sewers, controversial medical experimentation on children and something in the attic of the waxwork museum.

Thirteen interconnected tales from this strange town fit together like a jigsaw puzzle to reveal a very strange truth at the heart of this strange place… and at the heart of everything.

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No True Echo

The Wellcome Valley is the kind of place people go to get away from it all. But how can you get away from everything unless the place you’re visiting is nowhere?

As far as Eddie is concerned, it’s even worse than that. The valley is the middle of nowhere. That’s how Eddie feels too. Empty. Nothingy. His life is defined by the absence of family members and all the things he doesn’t do.

But when a mysterious redheaded girl called Scarlett arrives, Eddie learns how the middle of nowhere can also be the centre of the universe.

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The Society of Thirteen

 

1891, London. Lord Ringmore has devoted his life to unearthing the roots of magic. Tormented by the thought of death, he knows that only real magic can overcome mortality. He has in his possession a book that contains the secret of true magic, but he cannot unlock its meaning alone. The Society of Thirteen is formed to investigate this mysterious object, but when thieving orphans Tom and Esther steal the book, they realise that it holds the key to a frightening, awesome and terrifying power known as Conjury.

When a mysterious mangey magpie and a black cat with an agenda also show interest in the book, Tom and Esther learn that Conjury has a much darker side.

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Constable & Toop

 

Constable & Toop is a comic Victorian ghost story set in London 1884. Sam Toop is the son of a funeral director with the unfortunate ability to see and hear ghosts. But London’s dead are the least of his worries when murderous Uncle Jack comes to stay, seeking sanctuary from the law. Trouble is afoot on the ‘other side’ too when a ghost clerk called Lapsewood, working in the Bureau discovers that ghosts are mysteriously going missing. His investigations soon reveal a terrible disease known as the Black Rot, eating away at the haunted houses of London.

 

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The Considine Curse

Winner of the Blue Peter Book Award 2012

The Considine Curse

 

Fourteen-year-old Mariel returns to England for her grandmother’s funeral. It is the first time she has been back since she emigrated with her mother as a baby, and it is the beginning of the uncovering of some really extraordinary truths about the Considine family. Why did Mariel’s mum argue with Grandma all those years ago? Why does Amelia wear so much perfume? Why are the walls of Louvre House covered in scratches? Why does Gerald seem scared of his brother’s appetite? Did Grandma Considine really break her neck falling down the stairs? And most importantly, what is the dark secret that lies at the heart of the family?

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