Welcome back to Lamon Reviews. We have Haunted by Tessa Buckley. Haunted is the second book in the Eye Spy series. Young readers will enjoy this fun series. Check out this excerpt from Haunted and decide for yourself!
Alex doesn’t believe in ghosts, but he is about to have his beliefs challenged…
When Jimmy Devlin asks the twins to investigate the strange things that have been happening at The Priory, Alex seizes the opportunity to prove to his sister that there is no such thing as ghosts.
However, it soon becomes clear that unquiet spirits are not the only problem facing the Devlin family. Are the family servants hiding secrets? Has a valuable ring been stolen, or just mislaid? And what has happened to Jimmy’s missing elder brother, Harry?
As the twins and Jimmy try to solve the many mysteries of The Priory, they discover they are dealing with a very dangerous enemy…
Tessa Buckley was an inveterate scribbler as a child, andspent much of her time writing andillustrating stories. After studying Interior Design, she spent fifteen years working for architects and designers. She took up writing again after her young daughter complained that she couldn’t findenough adventure stories to read.
This led, in 2016, to the publication of Eye Spy, the first in a series of detective stories for 9-12 year olds, designed to encourage reluctant readers. The second book in the series, Haunted, was a finalist in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards 2017.
Tessa lives with her husband and a large white cat called Pippa. in a town on the Thames estuary,which inspired the seaside setting for the novels. She also writes about health and nutrition, andfamily history, which has been her passion for many years.
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📚Extract from Haunted by Tessa Buckley📚
Buckley, Alex, and Donna are spending the night at The Priory, the home of their friend, Jimmy Devlin, to investigate possible supernatural activity.
But before long, their sleep isdisturbed…I was so tired that when I reached my room, I threw myself down on the bed and fell instantly asleep, without bothering to change into my pyjamas.
It seemed only a little whilelater that I was jerked awake by an ear-splitting scream. As I sat up in bed, I heard the soundof raisedvoices coming from somewhere nearby.
I leapt out of bed and pulled open the door of my room to see what was going on. A moment later Donna’s head appeared round the door of her bedroom.
“What’s happening?”she mouthed at me. I shook my head as we both edged out into the corridor, trying to hear what Jimmy’s mum and dad were saying. The door of a bedroom further down the corridor was slightly ajar, and I heard Mr. Devlin say quite clearly,“Nonsense! You must have dreamt it!”
When she replied, Mrs. Devlin’s voice was shrill. “I’m not making it up, Ted! When I came back from the bathroom, I distinctly saw a hooded figure leave the corridor and disappear down the stairs.”
We heard Mr. Devlin snort. “Whatever you saw, Susie, it wasn’t a ghost, and I’ll prove it to you!” The next second the door opened and he hurried towards the stairs. He didn’t notice us because it was pretty dark in the corridor and he was looking in the opposite direction.
We watched him reach the head of the stairs and start to hurry down them, but then we lost sight of him as his figure was swallowed up in the shadows below. The next moment there was a terrific crash and an awful lot of swearing.We dashed to the top of the stairs. In the hall below us there was just enough moonlight coming through the windows to see a pile of what looked like scrap metal at the base of the staircase.
Then the bits of metal started to move and a muffled voice cried out,“Somebody put the damn light on!” Donna smothered a giggle. “He must have crashed into Sir Hubert!”
She began to search for a light switch. After a few seconds she found one and suddenly there was a blaze of light from the two huge chandeliers that served the hall. As we watched, Mr. Devlin hauled himself to his feet, scattering bits of metalas he did so, and trying to brush scraps of rusty chainmail off his flannel pyjamas.
By that time we had been joined by Jimmy, his mum, and Mrs. Liddell, who appeared suddenly and silently by my side in a dressing gown of such a pale grey that for a moment I thought she was another ghost.
Mrs. Devlin put her hand to her mouth. “Oh, Ted! Are you hurt? What happened?” Mr. Devlin glared up at us. “I fell over the poxy suit of armour! This house is a deathtrap!” He kicked the remains of Sir Hubert that lay scattered all around him on the stonefloor, before climbing slowly up the stairs to join us on the landing.
By the time he reached us, he had started to see the funny side of the situation. “Come on, you lot. Back to bed now. If there were ever any ghosts around, they’ll all have disappeared after that almighty racket.”
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