The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co., #1)
After a horrifying debacle at her previous job, Lucy strikes out on her own, applying for a new position in London. Her search lands her at Lockwood & Co., where her psychic abilities are a complement for Anthony’s and George’s. Not that this guarantees everything will go smoothly.
Emanations and eradication. Ghost lamps and restless spirits. Iron shavings and silvered glass. Old murders and lingering presences. All the hauntings and vindictive ghosts make for an edge-of-seat reading. These ghosts are far from passive; those who are ghost-touched are goners. Danger, clues, and an unfolding mystery involving a missing girl, all well told. I thoroughly enjoyed Stroud’s storytelling and have added him to my “Favorite Authors” list. As of this posting, I’ve read 3 of the 5 Lockwood & Co. books currently available.
Fair warning: this series will probably be too scary for sensitive youngsters.