Someone is conning people by using Birdie’s name in a carnival show in Whitechapel to draw crowds. Alfred Bunce is drawn again into the bogling business with Jem as his new apprentice when children continue to go missing, but this peculiar plague proves to be more horrible than anything Bunce has ever experienced.
The bogles have evolved into something horribly gruesome in appearance and are more vicious than ever. Does the upsurge in bogle appearances have anything to do with the sewers that lead to Newgate prison, or the graveyard that used to be beneath the Hall of the boys school?
Startling revelations come Jem’s way on his search for Sarah Pickles. She proves to be more callous and threatening than he had expected. Sarah is baby farming together with her daughter, not for any humane reason, but for a ghastly, gut-wrenching reason that is tied in with the missing children.
This series is highly imaginative, well-researched and with a glossary to explain words common in the era in which the books are set that may be unfamiliar to modern readers. There is a feeling of being transported into the scenes on the page due to Catherine Jinks’ superb prose and undeniable skill with words. The series began with A Very Unusual Pursuit (KBR review here) and the third book in this outstanding series, A Very Singular Guild, is due out soon.
Title: A Very Peculiar Plague (City Of Orphans # 2)
Author: Catherine Jinks
Publisher: Allen & Unwin, $14.99 RRP
Publication Date: July 2013
For ages: 12+
Type: Middle Fiction