Something is rotten in the town of Widget, and Rags-n-Bones knows it’s all his fault. Ever since he snitched that avocado from Miss Ascot’s pack, things have been going wrong. Armed with a handful of memories he never realized he had, Rags-n-Bones searches for a way to put right whatever he did to Widget in the past. If only he knew what it was! Unfortunately, the only person who seems to have answers is a half-mad youth that only Rags can see.
Widget is also suffering from a ghost infestation that has the townsfolk almost as spooked of outsiders as they are of actual spooks. While Rags-n-Bones seeks answers in the past, Ascot offers the town leaders her service as an exorcist, only to be handed an ultimatum: banish the ghosts or be banished herself!
Who’s meddling with Widget? To catch the culprit, Ascot and Rags-n-Bones must match wits with a shifty sorcerer, a prissy ex-governess, and a troublingly attractive captain before the town consigns itself to the graveyard of history.
Review: Once again I enjoyed A.E. Decker’s magical world. The colorful quirky inhabitants are easy to fall in love with. Something always seems to be at a mishap adding depth to the mysteries involved in this world.
As Ascot journeys to Widget where mystery surrounds this town she finds secrets hidden. The secrets that are everywhere have needed to be freed or released for a long time ago. Sometimes it is easier to leave things buried. But there are those times when they are released a different turn of events happen and most times for the better.
I enjoyed that this story followed a lovable old friend from the first book Ascot along with her sidekick Moony and …Rags and Bones (still eating his fair share of avocados). He starts to heal as he finds his own self in this story. I also enjoyed that the wolf, Dimitri, gave us a wonderful array of literary quotes to make or rather add to the depth of the story. In this story we are introduced to Catch who seems to be very unpredictable. Catch is a shape shifting tiger with secrets that enjoys the richness of language. He is a welcome addition to Ascot’s friends.
This is a wonderfully written story with its collection of inhabitants. I found the mystery to be a little darker in this story than in the previous one. It had a Gothic feel to it but it worked. The vibe worked with all that was going on. Despite the darker storyline or feel it still had a really nice flow that kept me interested and the story moving helping to keep it very unpredictable.
Along with Ms. Decker’s quirky character’s, the descriptive imagery she brought to the story seemed to make things that would have seemed ordinary a bit more extraordinary. I found this fascinating. It added that extra bit of pop to the story.
I can’t wait for the next book.