Book one in the Skulduggery Pleasant series
Stephanie notices the stranger with the overcoat, sunglasses and frizzy hair at her uncle's funeral; the next time they meet, he's saving her life. Meet Skulduggery Pleasant, skeleton detective, fighting to save the world from wizard-gone-to-the-dark-side, Nefarian Serpine.
Stephanie enters Skulduggery's shadowy netherworld and learns about the Ancients, the Faceless Ones, and the Sceptre they all seek. What's more, she'd choose life on the edge with wise-cracking Skulduggery to her old existence any day!
There's non-stop action, a striking cast of spooky, evil and/or deformed characters, spine-tingling horror and tension with smart, snappy dialogue, and the overlap between real and supernatural worlds cleverly handled. A gripping, funny, spooky read.