2016: 22. The Shadow Cabinet


“The Curtains at 16 Hyssop Close hadn’t been opened all day.”

The Shadow Cabinet, Maureen Johnson

This is the third in Johnson’s Shades of London series, a group of YA books about Rory Deveraux, a girl who can see ghosts, and quickly (this is in book one) gets drawn into a Jack-the-Ripper like series of murders.  See people think it’s a copy cat crime, but is it? DUN-DUN-DUN.

I’m teasing of course, because I wouldn’t be seeking out the third volume if I hadn’t loved the first two.  I like Johnson’s writing, generally (Suite Scarlett, 13 Little Blue Envelopes), but throw in mystery solving, with ghosts, and I am yours for life.  The first two in the series were great (The Name of the Star, The Madness Underneath) and this one continues in that tradition.  It picks up right where book two leaves off - so I would recommend reading the first two first (and I would recommend them generally because they are great), and things zip right along with a new paranormal mystery, and NO SPOILERS a very welcome plot point.  Hate to say more because to me, the plot is all the fun, but it’s a nifty escapist read. AND, it both ends satisfyingly, but leaves lots for another in the series, which is the perfect balance. To many YA books end on very unsatisfying cliffhangers, which makes me especially nuts, because by the time the new one comes out I’ve forgotten about the whole thing.  Not here, though!  The whole series is recommended.  

© Carrie Dunsmore 2017