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Product description

A spooky mystery to read by torchlight. Weird chaos is gripping the notorious Bedlam asylum in the dead of night… Penny Treadwell is thirteen, the heiress of sensational magazine The Penny Dreadful. Its masterly tales of the macabre are gripping Victorian Britain. And Penny has a secret – she’s the author! She’s always hunting for sinister stories. So she’s intrigued when she hears of eerie events at the Bedlam madhouse. Every night, at twelve minutes to midnight, the inmates rise from their beds, scribbling strange words on scraps of paper, cell walls and their own skin. With each tick of the clock, chaos is coming closer, as Penny is swept from fictional mysteries into a terrifying real-life one…

  • A superbly spooky mystery set in Victorian London
  • Full of fearsome thrills to keep you on tenterhooks
  • Christopher Edge is a Brilliant Book Award winner
  • His books include The Many Worlds of Albie Bright
  • His novels have twice been selected as Times picks

Product Details




Nosy Crow Ltd

Date published

February 2nd, 2012

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 7.5; Middle years; 9.0 points

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  • 256 pages


UK edition


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  1. Roodieroo
    on 8 March 2014

    I liked this book but it was quite weird

  2. bookaholic202
    on 7 March 2014

    This is set in Victorian London. Its all about this girl detective who uncovers a sinister conspiracy.

  3. bouncybunny
    on 7 March 2013

    This book freaked me a out a little I mean its just a weird book , I enjoyed it and everything but still a lttle weird

  4. Flissy22
    on 7 March 2012

    after reading letties review and looking at the cover of this book i would rely love to read it.

  5. Book-Club-Review-Team
    on 23 February 2012

    This is a fabulous thriller set in Victorian London. It is a sinister story told in vivid language and is based in Bedlam, the famous lunatic asylum. Strange writings are being revealed there which set off an intriguing mystery that the heroine Penelope Treadwell tries to solve. I found this book enthralling; it was so good I couldn’t put it down. The author uses such descriptive language that you easily imagine it in your head. I recommend this book to anyone over the age of 10 who likes mystery and suspense.

    Lettie, age 11