Waiting On…Constable & Toop by Gareth P. Jones

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This week I’m waiting on…

Title Constable & Toop
Author Gareth P. Jones
Pages 416 Pages
Genre Middle Grade, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Paranormal
Publisher Amulet Books
To Be Published October 1st, 2013
Find It On GoodreadsAmazon.com

Something mysterious and terrible is happening throughout Victorian London: Ghosts are disap­pearing. When this reaches the attention of the Ghost Bureau, the diligent but clueless Mr. Lapsewood, a paranormal paper-pusher, is sent to investigate, and what he discovers is grave. The Black Rot has arrived — a voracious spiritual infestation whereby empty haunted houses suck in unsuspecting ghosts and imprison them. Lapsewood’s investigation weaves through the plotlines of several other memorable characters — both living and dead — including an undertaker’s son who can see ghosts, a serial throat-slasher reminiscent of Jack the Ripper, an evangelical exorcist, and many more. The living and dead must work together if they hope to destroy the Black Rot — before it destroys both the ghost and human worlds.

I’ve always had a soft spot for middle grade fiction – Whether it’s fanciful like Lauren Oliver’s The Spindlers, dark and disquieting like Nikki Loftin’s The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy or more firmly grounded in reality like Rebecca Stead’s Liar & Spy, I often find myself picking up novels aimed at this age group when I’m looking for a change of pace. So, when I read the synopsis for Constable & Toop by Gareth P. Jones, I knew I had to read it. I absolutely love books set during the Victorian period and while I don’t believe in them myself, I’ve always found the idea of ghosts and the spiritualism movement fascinating. This is one novel that has earned a firm place on my ‘to-be-read’ pile!

16 Responses

  1. This does look cute! I’m always watch out for MG books, both because of the library I work at and b/c my son will be there soon enough… *sigh*

    Any mystery with ghosts rocks!! I like that this book is non-gender specific, too – so hard to find in MG books, esp. when you’re trying to encourage boys to read. Thank goodness for all the Chillers, Riordan’s, etc 🙂

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  2. Oh gosh look at that cover! I love middle grade covers, but more importantly, I feel as though I need to read more of them. This one sounds so cool with a plague that’s killing the ghosts, and the Victorian time period?! Thanks so much for getting this book on my radar, Jen!
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  3. I love, love this cover, and I am the kind of people that judge books by their covers (professional bias, I guess). I’d love to see your review once you get a chance to read it.

    P.S.: I’m glad I found your blog… I’ll be back!

    1. Isn’t the cover wonderful? 🙂 It was definitely one of the first things that caught my notice about the novel, although the concept itself sounds equally special.

      Thank you so much, Diana! I also just have to say – I took a moment to take a look at your portfolio and your work is absolutely delightful 😀 I particularly liked the illustration of the girl looking at the constellations in the sky which had taken the form of cute, everyday objects. It’s such a special, beautiful piece!
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Jen is a thirty-something Canadian book blogger and bibliophile currently residing in the wilds of suburbia. Aside from a penchant for older men, particularly those with the surnames Firth, Elba and Norton, Jen is also passionately interested in running, Mad Men, and Marilyn Monroe. In addition to being a voracious reader and self-proclaimed television addict, Jen is also an aspiring children and youth services librarian who would like to pursue a MLIS and better help readers find the perfect book for them.