By: Allison Rushby
Genre: YFB - General fiction (Children's/Teenage)
Published by: Walker Books
Published: 01 Mar 2017
ISBN: 9781925126921


Flossie Birdwhistle is the Turnkey at London's Highgate Cemetery. As Turnkey, Flossie must ensure all the souls in the cemetery stay at rest. This is a difficult job at the best of times for a twelve-year-old ghost, but it is World War II and each night enemy bombers hammer London. Even the dead are unsettled.

When Flossie encounters the ghost of a German soldier carrying a mysterious object, she becomes suspicious. What is he up to? Before long, Flossie uncovers a sinister plot that could result in the destruction of not only her cemetery, but also her beloved country. Can Flossie stop him before it is too late?


Set in the midst of the bombing of London in December 1940, this is a great historical setting for work of fiction, interwoven with a supernatural touch.

The inspirational heroine of the story is the ghost of twelve-year-old Flossie, who is the Turnkey of the Highgate cemetery. Her role as the Turnkey is to assist all the souls in her care to remain in eternal rest. But the war doesn’t make this easy!

Then Flossie uncovers a leading German soldier who is trying to bring English secrets directly to Hitler. She has to stop him.

On top of that, Flossie has to help a young girl that is badly injured and has seemingly lost all her family. Flossie needs to find a way to give the girl enough hope to continue living.

Is this all too much for Flossie to achieve when she feels her role as Turnkey during this horrible war is possibly already too overwhelming?

In summary, this is an inspiring and intriguing mystery with a wonderful plot that keeps you enthralled until the last page. Best suited to

10-14 year old readers.

Reviewed by Rob