"The corpses swayed where they stood, their bony arms outstretched before them and tattered sleeves hanging limply in the foggy air. I smelled the sourness of the sewers about them; that, and the sweet whiff of death. Their sunken eyes bored into mine. I was surrounded." Barnaby Grimes is a tick-tock lad, an elite messenger running errands all over Victorian London, day and night. In this third book in a hilarious horror series for readers 8 to 12, gangland funerals and diving expeditions are hazardous enough, but Barnaby faces his deadliest challenge yet when the graveyards begin to give up their dead.
"This third entry in the historical-horror Barnaby Grimes series pits the tick-tock hero against an army of Victorian-era zombies. The funeral of a master criminal brings a dozen squabbling gangs together for a moment of peace, but when Barnaby shortcuts through the graveyard and sees the body rise from the earth, a terrifying mystery is born. [Paul] Stewart ramps up the ick factor in his decadent descriptions of rotting corpses, and [Chris] Riddell matches him note for note in devilishly detailed ink drawings. Barnaby's pervading good cheer and chim-chiminey rooftop skittering again make for tremendously entertaining reading."—Booklist