In The Screaming Staircase we met the three main characters of this series of novels: Lucy, the narrating voice and unique POV, Lockwood and George, three agents able to deal the issue of ghost apparition.
In this second novel they will carry on an investigation in parallel to some Fittes agents in order to find which group of agent is the best on, the small Lockwood & Co. or the bigger and more organized Fittes; the investigation has the aim to find a mirror stolen during the recovery of the coffin of Edmund Bickerstaff, a mysterious evil man who was interested in making contact with dead people.
While searching for the mirror Lucy will have the chance to meet old Lockwood friends and to test again her skill to communicate with the skull preserved in a jar within the Lockwood agency, a mostly unique talent that will provide some useful information.
Here the plot is more linear with respect to the previous one, nevertheless the story is engaging and well-built; it is introduced the theme of relic theft and market, a new element that composes the worldbuild of this alternative England subjected to ghost apparition.
* The Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud ★★★★☆
*I read this book in english