by Jon Mayhew
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9781408803929
Date: 05 April 2010 List Price £8.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
Uncorrected Proof Copy: A lead title from Bloomsbury, Jon Meyhew's Mortlock is a impressive debut, set in gaslit London amidst the most wonderful phantasmagorical Victoriana. It's basically exactly what I want in such a novel - moody, tense, spooky, gory in places, amusing in others, cobbled streets, faded circuses, pith-helmeted explorers, dark legends, tousle-haired orphans, coffins, stage magicians, zombies (of course!)... etc. What's not to like? Check out the book trailer for further info.
"The sister is a knife-thrower in a magician's stage act, the brother an undertaker's assistant. Neither orphan knows of the other's existence. Until, that is, three terrible Aunts descend on the girl's house and imprison her guardian, the Great Cardamom. His dying act is to pass the girl a note with clues to the secret he carries to his grave. Cardamom was one of three explorers on an expedition to locate the legendary Amarant, a plant with power over life and death. Now, pursued by flesh-eating crow-like ghuls, brother and sister must decode the message and save themselves from its sinister legacy. "