The Fantastic Phantasmic Detective Agency
And the Woebegone Oddity of the Underworld
by D L Dugger
Pub Date 30 Mar 2017
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The Fantastic Phantasmic Detective Agency is back with two new cases from the afterlife to solve!First, the agency is hired to retrieve a ghost cat from a nearby pet cemetery; a simple enough request. Or so it would seem. But when your clients are from the spirit realm, nothing is ever as easy as it appears. Soon the youthful sleuths and their grumpy medium, Mr. Monsento, are tangled up in a case involving magic charms, talking ghost dogs, and shape-shifting witches.
Next, the UnderWorld bounty hunter, Zeaflin, reappears, seeking assistance in locating an escaped UnderWorld prisoner so he can offer the unfortunate soul asylum in the OtherWorld. Another straight-forward request...right? But when dealing with the UnderWorld, deceit and betrayal go hand-in-hand and the detectives find themselves once again in the middle of a power struggle between the OtherWorld and the UnderWorld--and Zeaflin's fate depends on which side prevails.
D.L. Dugger writes with alacrity and has succeeded in creating a world that is both strange and familiar, giving it unique rules and principles. One of the qualities of this book that drew me in is the author's narrative style -- light and filled with numerous humorous instances. It is interesting to see how the author creates a neat intersection between the physical and the yonder world. The language is beautiful and it flows with power and grace, and readers will be amused to see the way the author plays with words when it comes to naming places and characters. The conflict is strong and it builds up fast. This is the kind of book that will keep the reader laughing heartily, entertained by the idiosyncrasies of the characters and the fun. I enjoyed the originality in this work and the author's confident writing. The Fantastic Phantasmic Detective Agency And the Woebegone Oddity of the Underworld was a joy ride for me. It will keep you laughing for many hours, even after you have turned the last page. It is a perfect blend of fantasy and adventure for young readers--Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
A delightful instalment in a series that promises more fun and otherworldly miscreants to come - Kirkus Reviews