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The Case of the Glasgow Ghoul

Shortlisted for the Lancashire Fantastic Books Awards 2012

Books from Scotland Children's Choice for February 2011!

The Scottish Book Trust Book of the Month, March 2011. "... our pick of Scotland’s very best children’s literature every month."


There’s been a series of mysterious thefts from the Hunterian Museum in Glasgow ...

Despite maximum security measures, the thief is yet to be caught and the stolen objects appear to vanish into thin air, never to be seen again.  But Slightly Jones, detective-in-training, isn’t daunted by the lack of clues.  She’s more concerned about the stories of ghosts in a nearby graveyard.

Could the two be connected?

Slightly’s head hit the pillow and she plunged deep, deep into sleep …

…until the crying started.  It was an achingly unhappy sound.  Someone was very sad, and she wanted to comfort them, but where were they?  She couldn’t see anyone.  And where was SHE?  This wasn’t home – she didn’t know where it was – if only the crying would stop!  If only …

Slightly sat up with a gasp.  Her heart was pounding and her hands were sweaty, but as she looked about in the dim light, gradually she was able to calm down.

She wasn’t lost at all.  She was in Glasgow, in the Gentler mansion, in bed, in the middle of the night.

“It was just another nightmare,” she murmured.  “Just a …”  The words froze in her throat as she realised that even though the dream was over, the crying wasn’t!  She was wide awake, yet she could still hear the same sad whimpering.  And it was right outside her door.  Something horribly unhappy was desperate to get into her room.

... that I named the under watchmen at the Hunterian Museum after people I know?  Fraser and Ross are my lovely agents, and MacDonald was named after the man who gave me the Gaelic translation for “Your happiness is in the grave.”  (Tha do thoileachas anns an uaigh)

Oh, and Hetty (the sister of the boy whose leg was broken) is named after my grandmother, Hetty Fiddler.


... that in the middle of the nineteenth century, almost half of all patients having major surgery died of infection afterwards? Doctors used to say things like, “The operation was a success, but the patient died.”


... that the Euston and Victoria Hotel, where Mr Gentler stayed during his visit to London, was a real hotel?  The famous novelist Charles Dickens stayed there briefly in 1847.  It no longer exists, but it stood on the north side of Euston Square, where No. 14 Euston Grove is now.

“Joan Lennon returns with book two in her Slightly Jones Mystery series, The Case of the Glasgow Ghoul ... Fans of adventures will enjoy this historical mystery with its very contemporary heroine."

Jane Sandell, The Scotsman 10 April 2011


“... fun and fast-paced mystery novel, with a strong sense of time and place ..."

Books from Scotland Children’s Choice for February 2011


To read a fantastic review from The Bookbag, click here.


“The story romps along, drawing in assorted snippets of Glasgow’s history on the way."

Books for Keeps 188

Here are the answers to the questions in the back of The Case of the Glasgow Ghoul

The Roman numeral MDCCCLXXXVI is the date 1886.

If you got on the Glasgow Subway the day after it opened in 1896, how long would it take you to go right round the system?

It would have taken you a little over a month. That’s because even though the Subway opened first thing on 14 December 1896, it closed the same day, because of a derailment on the inner circle, and a collision on the outer circle.  It didn’t open again until 21 January 1897 – five weeks later.