." . . the descriptions of Victorian London are vivid without being overwhelming, and the storytelling has a direct, focused clip, making this a possible candidate for readers just delving into historical mysteries." The Bulletin of The Center for Children's Books, April 2014
"Edge successfully delivers his own penny dreadful in the riveting style of a Victorian mystery. Original, chilling, atmospheric mystery with a heroine of remarkable mettle." Kirkus Reviews, January 15, 2014
"Debut author Edge has created an excellent mystery in a league with Jonathan Stroud's Bartimaeus, Philip Pullman's Sally Lockhart, and Eleanor Updale's Montgomery series." Starred Review, Booklist, February 15, 2014
From the Inside Flap
Penelope Tredwell, author, editor, and sole proprietor of The Penny Dreadful, Victorian London's bestselling magazine, is called on to solve the mystery of a strange phenomenon occurring in a madhouse.