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The Dark Missions of Edgar Brim: Monster
By (author): Shane Peacock
9780735262737 Paperback, Trade English Young Adult : Age (years) from 12, Grade (US) from 7 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Monsters Jul 16, 2019
$13.99 CAD
Active 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.7 in 288 pages Penguin Random House Canada Teen Penguin Teen
The pulse-pounding second book in a gripping Gothic YA trilogy, featuring monsters from classic literary tales, secret societies and the fight between good and evil.

After vanquishing the terrible creature that stalked the aisles of the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edgar Brim and his unusual crew of friends return to their mentor only to discover that he has been brutally murdered by an unknown assailant. The group go into hiding, Edgar desperate to protect his friends and family from what may be a second horrific creature torn from the pages of literature. Meanwhile, Edgar’s guardian, Alfred Thorne, forces him to pursue a trade, and so Edgar begins working with his uncle, Doctor Vincent Brim, and a renowned vivisectionist, the brilliant yet mysterious Doctor Godwin. The more time Edgar spends in the company of Godwin, the more he begins to wonder about Godwin’s motives. And time is running out for Edgar and his friends. A monstrous creature is chasing them, a beast seemingly impervious to Thorne’s weaponry. Can Edgar Brim once again defy the horrors that pursue him, and protect those dearest to his heart?

Series Overview: This dark and dramatic Gothic trilogy, set in the late Victorian era in its haunted country manor houses, dark London streets and the desolate Scottish moors, tells the story of Edgar Brim, who at age sixteen, battling debilitating inner fears but armed with the help of an eccentric collection of comrades, embarks upon the pursuit and assassination of “the evil three.”

SECOND IN THE ACCLAIMED TRILOGY: Book 1 has garnered strong reviews from publications like Kirkus Reviews.

BEST-SELLING, AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR: Shane Peacock has won numerous awards for his Boy Sherlock Holmes books, a series that has netted over 56,000 copies in hardcover and 40,000 in paperback.

MONSTERS: Monsters from literature and pop culture inhabit the landscape of this story. Book 2 features characters from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and H.G. Wells’ The Island of Doctor Moreau.

LITERARY PAGE TURNER WITH CROSSOVER APPEAL: Story and writing that will appeal to fans of Gothic fiction and HBO’s Penny Dreadful series about Victorian monster-hunters.

BOY AND GIRL READ: Adventure, romance and thrills make for a book that both male and female readers will devour.

PAPERBACK EDITION RELEASED ALONGSIDE the third and final book in the series, Demon, and includes the first chapter from the new book.

SHANE PEACOCK was born in Thunder Bay, Ontario, and grew up in Kapuskasing. A biographer, journalist and screenwriter, he is also the author of several novels and plays. He has received many honors for his writing, including the prestigious Arthur Ellis Award for Eye of the Crow and Becoming Holmes and the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Vanishing Girl, all titles in his Boy Sherlock Holmes series. Shane Peacock lives with his wife and three children in Cobourg, Ontario. Visit him at his website: and follow him on twitter: @Shane_Author

Author Residence: Cobourg, ON

Author Hometown: Kapuskasing, ON

PRAISE FOR The Dark Missions of Edgar Brim:

“Peacock weaves the frissons of classic Gothic horror into the reality of a culture entranced by its own dark creations. This thrilling historical mystery will have readers anxiously turning pages and checking under their beds.”—Kirkus Reviews

The Dark Missions of Edgar Brim is good fun, loaded with thrills and discoveries, old journals and secret connections, hidden rooms, and mysterious, cloaked figures. By including real-life personalities from the period, such as Bram Stoker and celebrated actor Henry Irving, Peacock captures the feel of the late 19th century, and doesn’t neglect the shadows and fog so essential for a book of this sort.”—Quill and Quire

The Dark Missions of Edgar Brim is a thrilling story that includes fantastic gruesome imagery, moments of unexpected humour, and plenty of surprises.”—CM Magazine

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