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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

...dark doings in high and low places!

A Plague of Bogles (How to Catch a Bogle) by Catherine Jinks 

Boggles are back! Sarah Pickles, Jem Barbary's nemesis is maybe near or faraway, dead or alive. Children are going missing near Newgate Prison.
I must admit to being a longtime Catherine Jinks fan. Her Bogle world draws us in on a different plane. Bogles are the stuff of terrifying nightmares. No need to look under the bed for these child-eating monsters because they are dwelling in those dreadful places that none of us would wish to be. Set in Victorian London when children were still used as chimney sweeps or sent into dark dank cellars to fetch and carry it seems many are disappearing at an alarming rate. 
Boggles seem to be clustering, not the solitary hunters that they were.
A plague is lurking in the sewers of London and all are unaware.
A missing child here or there. Plenty of reasons they say...and yet!
Jem, our former pick pocket is in the thick of things.  He's more or less talked himself into being Alfred Bunce's apprentice even though Alfred has retired. Jem is unsure of his place, longing to belong, and sees this as his chance.
Birdie is taking singing lessons, yet appears to be feeling stultified and trapped.
Miss Eames is here sure and confident, yet somehow a tad off. Yet she comes through dispute her disapproval of the goings on and Birdie's involvement.
I really like the glossary of terms of all things to do with Bogles and the dark side of London.
Did you know that a 'cracksman' is a burglar, and that a 'flam' is a lie? All very useful!

A NetGalley ARC

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