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Meet Skulduggery. He’s a detective. He’s a magician. He loves to crack one-liners. And (now it gets freaky) he’s a skeleton! Detectives get dead cool in this funny cult series. It’s given horror fiction a good hard kick in the pants. Ouch. It all starts when Stephanie inherits her Uncle Gordon’s estate. He wrote horror fiction. Or was it horror fact? Now Stephanie is being chased by vampires, demons and monsters. Only one person – we use that term loosely – can save her skin…

  • Hilarious horror full of wit, suspense and action
  • The first Skulduggery book won the Red House Award
  • “Hugely enjoyable… thrill-a-minute” – Jonathan Stroud
  • Bestselling series that has made a huge impact

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UK edition


Derek Landy

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  1. Ben
    on 10 June 2016

    One of my favourite books

    Skulduggery Pleasant is a really fun book once you get into it. Derek Landy tells us the story of Stephanie Edgley and chose every word really carefully. I must-read for people who love books with magic and intense action every other page (normal action on the other pages).

    4out of 5

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What kids think

  1. Moonsweet
    on 29 August 2014

    My older brother introduced me into the series as he had read it when he was younger.I wasn’t warned i was going to be in for a real imaginary adventure. I loved reading about Stephanie a heir of the last of the ancient ones MUST READ if you havn’t already

  2. fatisbad1
    on 20 July 2014

    this book is so instering and I love reading books only fun books my teacher told me reading is good I listiend to them and starting reading all the time. and them prizes that you could win I do hope I win so I will treasure it and look after it

    4out of 5
  3. Valduggery11
    on 21 June 2014

    Loved it!

    5out of 5
    on 15 June 2014

    Awesome book. A real page turner!

    5out of 5
  5. Nevey
    on 1 May 2014

    My review:

    What’s on common between a curious girl and skeleton ? That the lately passed aways horror author was the uncle of the girl and the best friend of the skeleton. Did I get your attention or not yet? The story begin with telling the well of the dead author when we all including Valkyrie’s family finds out that the lately passed away one left her all of his money, house and everything including his problem which mostly lead to his death. His best friend Skulduggery finds himself in charge of the safety of the very curious Valkyrie who finds her self within the world of ancient fights, book of names, the old ones and people on battle to get the faceless one back to our world. She gets many new friends, discover her inner powers and destiny; by the end of this book you will get very entertained and you will wish to read more of this series .

    Over all:I am in love with this series already and going to give it 5 out of 5 stars. It suites Middle Grade reads and adults who are looking for light laughs and fun ;) . This is such exciting, well written, amazing conversations, FUN and entertainment all at one book. Please hand me part two right away…

    Favorite Quote(s): “So you won’t keep anything from me again?” He put his hand to his chest. “Cross my heart and hope to die.” “Okay then. Though you don’t actually have a heart,” she said. “I know.” “And technically, you’ve already died.” “I know that too.” “Just so we’re clear.”

    5out of 5
  6. Kokky20
    on 20 March 2014

    One of the most fav

    5out of 5
  7. AngelofDeath
    on 9 March 2014

    A great book, simply gothtastic.

  8. BookMonster57
    on 8 March 2014

    An amazing book.

  9. A-boy
    on 6 March 2014

    A good and Action-Packed book but it could have been better. And this is quite embarrassing but i actually had a crush on Valkyrie Cain ( Stephanie )! An Amazing Book!!

    5out of 5
  10. bookaholic202
    on 6 March 2014

    It is full of action and magic. Set in Dublin Stephanie finds she is the descendant of a race of magical beings.

    5out of 5
  11. books2000
    on 6 March 2014

    its good

  12. Celine1
    on 5 March 2014

    Love these books so cool and fun with touching and action hero parts I love it

  13. Spidergirl
    on 5 March 2014

    Didn’t like this book kept putting me to sleep

    1out of 5
  14. Venera2
    on 4 March 2014

    This book is fantastic! You should read it if you are into adventure and fantasy books. Believe me,later you’ll be thanking me for telling you this .

    5out of 5
  15. maybombay
    on 27 February 2014

    funny and i love skulduggery pleasant.Great book for horror and I don’t really like horror.;)

    5out of 5
  16. TROLEVANS2002
    on 28 January 2014

    Dear SCHOLASTIC BOOK CLUB members,

    I am writing to inform you on the most brilliant book of this year ” Skulduggery Pleasant ”.

    I myself have turned into a bookworm over the past couple of years and now at the stage when reading lets you escape from the world of reality constantly around us every minute of every day.

    This book is currently at the top of my favourite reading books this month. I have read quite a lot of books over the years of my bookworm days and i have to admit that honestly this is definitley a stunning book which is totally worthwhile buying and reading whilst knowing that as soon as you finish this book you can read the next book as well as there is a whole series of Skulduggery Pleasant to work your way through.

    I would certainly recommend this mind blowing good book to any older readers out there who have yet to find that bit in them that loves to read.

    I feel the age ratings for this book should be 10-12 year olds as for some younger readers it could be a slight bit overwhelming , but of course every child is different so it depends more on what their personality is .

    I hope this review has helped you with your decision on choosing a brill book for your child to read !

    From scholastic book club member TROLEVANS2002

    5out of 5
  17. TheBraveBubblegum
    on 25 January 2014

    This is simply the best book ever! It tells the story of 12 year old Stephanie Edgley as she teams up with a cool skeleton to save the world from an evil guy.This book will put you on the edge of your seat! A must read for Harry Potter fans

    5out of 5
  18. skulduggerypleasantrules
    on 15 January 2014

    This book is great. I would advise you to read it if you like crime and adventure ( and dead detectives with teenage sidekicks ).

    5out of 5