By Shawn Thomas Odyssey

**A 2012 Edgar Award nominee** and **A 2011 Agatha Award Nominee**

Oona Crate was once born to be the Wizard's apprentice, yet she has one other future in mind.

Despite owning the infrequent reward of usual magic, Oona desires to be a detective. longing for a case to end up herself, she desires to convey her uncle--the Wizard of darkish Street--that common sense is as strong as magic. but if a person assaults the Wizard, Oona needs to delve even deeper into the area of magic to find who sought after her uncle dead.

Full of magic, bizarre characters, evil henchmen, and a road the place not anything is general, The Wizard of darkish highway will have you ever guessing until eventually the very end.

"Delightful conceal paintings will allure Lemony Snicket and Neil Gaiman readers, who will benefit from the quirky characters and offbeat humor. Upbeat in tone, this satisfaction is a superb combination of myth and secret with various suspicious characters and sufficient crimson herrings to maintain the reader guessing the entire option to the end..."
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She shoved her nostril as as regards to the inspector’s ghostly face as her mammoth bosom could enable. “Get out of my store, you jogging disaster in inspector’s garments! Get out earlier than I knock you out! ” The inspector begun slowly to again away in the course of the entrance door, yet Madame Iree persevered to stalk him, having a look as if she may perhaps chunk him at the nostril. “You … You wouldn’t dare damage an officer, Madame,” the inspector stammered. Madame Iree thought of him for a second, after which whirled round. “Everyone out! And that comes with you, Adler and Isadora. And your little good friend to boot. ” Isadora scowled at Oona. “She’s now not my pal. ” “The feeling is mutual,” Oona answered, sooner than making an attempt: “Ah … Madame Iree. may perhaps i've got a glance round? i'd have the ability to locate a few clue as to—” “Out! ” Madame Iree cried, stomping her foot so difficult that her hat toppled off her head. Oona’s mouth clamped close, and she or he and Isadora headed towards the go out. because the of them handed the tea desk, doing their top to not examine one another, Adler Iree stood. Taking his huge, immense booklet once more lower than his arm, he cocked his head to at least one facet and gave Oona a short wink earlier than preventing on the doorway and increasing his hand. “Ladies first,” he acknowledged. Oona’s cheeks flushed crimson. All ideas of attempting to convince Madame Iree to enable her study the store have been long past, and he or she once more remembered the dreadful situation of her hair. Madame Iree slammed the door at the back of them. The flock of older girls dispersed in a chattering knot in a single path, and the inspector sauntered off around the road within the different, leaving Oona, Deacon, Isadora, and Adler by myself in entrance of the shop. midway around the road, the inspector tripped on a cobblestone and fell flat on his face. He speedy driven himself again up, peering on the elbow of his jacket, after which glared over his shoulder with an accusatory expression on his light face. Oona used to be yes that he was once approximately responsible her or another person for tripping him, yet in its place he unexpectedly marched off down the road within the other way he have been going. Adler laughed. “Dark Street’s most interesting! ” “Indeed,” stated Oona, not able to maintain the corners of her mouth from creeping upward. “You imagine you are able to do greater? ” stated Isadora, the gold stripes of her gown glinting within the solar. “Better than Inspector White? ” Oona requested. “I may still say so. somebody may perhaps clear up a criminal offense higher than Inspector White. ” Isadora regarded unconvinced. Deacon rustled his feathers uneasily as she leaned in shut, arms on her hips. “Prove it,” she stated. “You get these attire again sooner than the next day to come evening, and that i feel that might turn out you’re smarter than … good, than you glance. my very own masquerade gown used to be in that showroom. it's very beautiful, and extremely extravagant, and you’re going to get it again for me. ” there has been greater than a touch of dare in her voice, and Oona used to be approximately to inform Isadora that she couldn’t care much less how outstanding Isadora’s costume was once, and that she might locate it herself, thanks very much…. simply what got here out of Oona’s mouth was once: “You’re on.

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