In Victorian London, monster hunting isn't just a job, it's a way of life. Freddie Westman, a reporter for a paranormal magazine, is one of the best in the business, but now it's personal. His childhood friend, Jim Penderry, has disappeared, and the signs point to sinister forces from beyond the grave. If Westman wants to save Jim, he’ll have to face his worst fear. No, not fighting a demon with only a cake to hand. Something far more daunting.

Sceptical Sophie Penderry doesn’t solve mysteries or go on adventures. She’s more at home in the library with her nose in The Botanist’s Guide to Plants and Fungi. But she puts the science books away to help Westman find her missing brother, whether he likes it or not. Which he really doesn’t. Westman is a loner, reluctant to lead anyone into danger. According to him, the supernatural is not just the stuff of folklore and children's nightmares, and a world of kidnap and black magic await them.

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