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Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 6-10–In Victorian London, Albert Wilkes returns home for tea four days after his funeral. While his shocked and terrified wife rushes to prepare it, Wilkes takes the family dog for a walk and is abducted. His kidnapping is witnessed by young pickpocket Eddie, who becomes embroiled, along with an assistant at the British Museum and a clergyman's daughter, in a deadly plot involving the fragments of a diary, a secret department at the British Museum, and a dinosaurlike creature roaming the streets. Oh, and there are some zombies. This thoroughly absorbing page-turner is a terrific blend of horror and mystery with three teen protagonists. It is a quick read packed with twists, turns, and just enough gore to keep things interesting. A great choice for horror fans.–Michele Capozzella, Chappaqua Public Library, NY
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Gr. 6-9. "Four days after his own funeral, Albert Wilkes came home for tea." It's hard to resist an opening line like that one, which sweeps readers right into this highly atmospheric story that invites at least nascent comparison to Frankenstein and Sherlock Holmes. However, kids who have read Richards' Ghost Soldiers (2006), part of his Invisible Detective series, can't help but recognize a lot of similarities: three young protagonists (in this case, 19-year-old clockmaker, George; Liz, 18, daughter of an elderly clergyman; and intrepid street urchin Eddie); a foggy British backdrop that provides convenient cover for the activities of both heroes and villains; and a powerful megalomaniac, well on the road to creating monstrous beings that will topple world order. Readers will certainly need to suspend disbelief here, but the creepy combination of horror and mystery picks up speed deliciously with every turn of the page. Stephanie Zvirin
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Listening Library (Audio); Unabridged edition (May 23, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739335391
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739335390
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.9 x 6.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,276,434 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Justin Richards has written dozens of novels as well as non-fiction books. He has also written audio scripts, a television and stage play, edited anthologies of short stories, been a technical writer, and founded and edited a media journal.

Justin is the author of The Death Collector, The Chaos Code, The Parliament of Blood and The Invisible Detective series. He is also Creative Consultant to the BBC's best-selling range of Doctor Who books.

His novel 'The Skeleton Clock' is available as a Kindle eBook.

He lives in Warwick with his wife and two children, and a lovely view of the castle.

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Top Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
This is a fabulous blend of mystery and horror for young adults who would like a Victorian scare with high-tech flair. The story was fast paced, and I was riveted to my seat from start to finish in one sitting. I am a big fan of the author's Invisible Detective series and found this another great title to enjoy. Like in the Invisible Detective series, the plot mixes a nice blend of endearing characters with some very nasty villains and lots of action and mystery to keep one turning the pages without stopping. . Two thumbs up for this creepy suspense novel!
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A Kid's Review on March 19, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I am a sixth grader. The book I read is The Death Collector. It is about a man named George, a lady named Liz, and a boy named Eddie. They battle a mad scientist who experiments with dead things and tries to create life.

I recommend this book to anyone who likes lots of action, and adventure. I really liked this book because it really got my imagination going. It was also fun to predict what might happen next, and in the beginning, who's bad and who's not (this is really fun). For example, in my favorite part (described in part below), there is lots of action and suspense, and you never know what to expect. This really helps to grab my interest.

My favorite part is when George and Eddie save Liz and Sir William (a person who works at the British Museum and helps him). Eddie, a former pickpocket, dresses up as a delivery boy and delivers a special clock to the mad scientist, Lorimore. At exactly six o'clock, the clock does something very unexpected, but I will not spoil it for you.

I really like all the surprises in this book. For example, in the beginning, George and his friend Percy are attacked, and Percy is killed. But in his last breath, Percy says "help" and "Lorimore". This makes George think that Lorimore can help, but when he goes to Lorimore's mansion, he is in for a big surprise.

This is a really good book that I think anyone who likes action, adventure, suspense, and mechanical monkeys in army uniforms should read this book. Think this was an extremely great book and I also think everybody should read it.
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A Kid's Review on March 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I am a sixth grader. The book I read is The Death Collector. It is about a man named George, a lady named Liz, and a boy named Eddie. They battle a mad scientist who experiments with dead things and tries to create life.

I really liked this book because it really got my imagination going. It was also fun to predict what might happen next, and in the beginning, who's bad and who's not (this is really fun). For example, in my favorite part (described in part below), there is lots of action and suspense, and you never know what to expect. This really helps to grab my interest.

My favorite part is when George and Eddie save Liz and Sir William (someone who works at the British Museum and helps him). Eddie, a former pickpocket, dresses up as a delivery boy and delivers a special clock to Lorimore, the mad scientist. At exactly six o'clock, the clock does something very unexpected, and if I explain any more I'll spoil it for you.

I really like all the surprise in this book. For example, in the beginning, George and his friend Percy are attacked,and Percy is killed. But in his last breath, Percy says "help" and "Lorimore". This convinces George that Lorimore can help, but when he gos to Lorimore's mansion, he is in for a big surprise.

This is a really good book that I think anyone who likes action, adventure, suspense, and mechanical monkeys in army uniforms should read.
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Format: Paperback
I am not the most avid of readers, yet I found this book a page-turner. This is a good, clean story with entertaining science fiction and and a good dose of suspense. I definitely recommend.
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