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The Black Book of Secrets (Tales from the Sinister City 1) - F. E. Higgins

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This title is from a 4-book set of the first YA Fiction (10+) series by F. E. Higgins.

Title: The Black Book of Secrets

Author:  F. E. Higgins

ISBN:  9781405089791

Weight:  634 g

Signed and dated first edition, first printing



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The Black Book of Secrets by F. E. Higgins

Only available as part of a set, this is book #1 in the Tales from the Sinister City Series.

When Ludlow Fitch’s parents cruelly betray him, he steals away on the back of a carriage and leaves behind the stinking City.  He arrives in the dead of night at a remote village, where he crosses paths with the tall and limping figure of Joe Zabbidou – a pawnbroker with a difference.  For Joe trades secrets, not goods, for cash.

Employed as Joe’s assistant, Ludlow records the villagers’ fiendish confessions in an ancient leather-bound volume: The Black Book of Secrets.  There s the gravedigger who has been resurrecting bodies; the butcher who made a mouse-meat pie for his bullying father, with fatal consequences; the wizened bookseller who went to murderous lengths to get her hands on a priceless tome.

Ludlow longs to trust his mysterious master, but he senses Joe has much to hide.  But then Ludlow Fitch has his own, very dark, secrets…

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Peer & Press Reviews

This polished debut from a British writer tantalizingly blends secrets and thick, evocative atmosphere…  Higgins, framing her book as texts discovered in a hallowed wooden leg, expertly sustains the audience’s curiosity, revealing just enough information to keep readers riveted.  And for all the grisly details, the novel gets at important themes about self-determination and trust.  Original and engrossing.

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Wonderful.  Higgins has created a uniquely grim fantasy world that more than holds its own with Dickens or Peake.  Her characters are brilliantly realised and the story grabs at the reader with hooked talons.

Eoin Colfer

The story’s vaguely Dickensian atmosphere is exquisite…  A tantalizingly revelatory ending leaves at least one thread dangling for future volumes (which are sure to evoke more picaresque oddities and nefarious tales), making this a smart, peculiarly thrilling book that is sure to appeal to readers ready to sidestep the goodygoody Harry Potters of adventure fiction.

Booklist (starred review)

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title The Black Book of Secrets
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Edition features Look inside the jacket for a surprising hidden message!
Series Tales from the Sinister City (#1)
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On the title page
Dated January ’07
Book Stats
Publisher Macmillan Publishers
Imprint Macmillan Children’s Books
Age guide 10+
Publication date
Printed Mackays of Chatham
ISBN 13 9781405089791
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 296
Size (h x w x d) 192 x 143 x 30mm
Image and Design Credits
Jacket illustration David Wyatt

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