The Scarab Heart (US Edition) [NOOK Book]

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Theft and murder are afoot at an archeological dig in 1885 Egypt. Lizzie Blaylock, world renowned ghost channeler, and her mentor, Miss Otis, thought they were simply there to vacation, especially as Lizzie wants nothing more to do with her powers. Her powers, though, have other things in mind.

“Powers like yours expect to be used! Who knows what will happen if you choose to ignore them?”

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The Scarab Heart (US Edition)

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Overview

Theft and murder are afoot at an archeological dig in 1885 Egypt. Lizzie Blaylock, world renowned ghost channeler, and her mentor, Miss Otis, thought they were simply there to vacation, especially as Lizzie wants nothing more to do with her powers. Her powers, though, have other things in mind.

“Powers like yours expect to be used! Who knows what will happen if you choose to ignore them?”

US English edition
Cover photographs by Neithsabes, Marc Ryckaert, Daniel Csörföly, Harris & Ewing, Inc, and whatsthatpicure
Cover design by Negative Negative
Jacket description by Monica F
Published by Seventh Rainbow Publishing, London

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940045319706
  • Publisher: Seventh Rainbow Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/20/2013
  • Series: Involuntary Medium (US Editions) , #2
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Michael Gallagher is the author of "The Bridge of Dead Things" and "The Scarab Heart", the first two books in a series of novels featuring the young Victorian ghost channeler Lizzie Blaylock. Originally intended for the YA market, these historically based works have gained a much wider audience, appealing to children and adults alike. He is also the author of "Gooseberry", based on characters from Wilkie Collins’s "The Moonstone", which was first published as a weekly serialization during the summer of 2014 at Goodreads, and the extremely popular "Why the Victorians Saw Ghosts – An Illustrated Guide to 19th Century Spiritualism".
Michael is a teacher at Bede, a London-based charity that works with the local community, where he has taught adults with learning disabilities for the past twenty-odd years. He’s an avid reader who used to clock up fifty plus books per year, though this has slowed down considerably of late. For ten years he belonged to the large and successful reading group at Rotherhithe Library in Southwark, which transferred to a new home when Canada Water Library opened in 2011. He now attends a Crime and Thrillers group there.

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  • Posted April 27, 2014

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    Fantastically written addition to the Lizzie Baylock series!! As

    Fantastically written addition to the Lizzie Baylock series!! As much as I loved The Bridge of Dead Things ~ I adored The Scarab Heart! These books are marvelous, really and truly something special! Lizzie Baylock is a Victorian teen who can bring dead people back to the living temporarily. This is a talent she discovered in book 1. In this adventure, she travels with her blind and aging mentor, Miss Ottis to an archaeological dig in Egypt. I love accurately based historical fiction so this was a real treat for me. Ancient Egypt is a fascinating subject in itself, but bringing in our young medium, and giving her even another 'special gift' was dazzling. Once again Lizzie finds herself learning of young love as a side note, not the main event. Which is quite refreshing. This story is amazing ~ the fact that this young girl has to navigate the current mystery with an ancient one gives it real depth. Loved, Loved, Loved it!

    I would recommend this book to any and all. I love this series of YA historical fiction, that Michael Gallagher has created, and can not wait to read the next one.... whatever will Lizzie get up to now?

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  • Posted March 20, 2014

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    And the adventures continue! Lizzie Blaylock, a very unusually

    And the adventures continue! Lizzie Blaylock, a very unusually talented young woman of the 1890s, finds herself accompanying an older woman, with talents of her own, to an archeological dig in Egypt. Lizzie has the ability to not only speak with the dead, but also acts as a bridge between the afterlife and the current, allowing the dead to rise from her body and speak with their own voice. This is a talent that, as you can imagine, proves to be as much of a drawback as a blessing when surrounded by bits and pieces from Ancient Egypt. All Lizzie wants to do is ignore her talent and enjoy being in Egypt. Instead, Lizzie finds herself juggling a ghost with a mission, new friends with secrets, some not so petty thievery, and a companion who wants her to share her talent with the world. Plus, she might be falling in love. And then, there's a murder.... How Lizzie gets herself in, and out, of encounters with the far past and the present, is a captivating escape from everyday life. The imagery is fabulous, the characters are likable, and the story is believably enthralling.

    It is a good tale on its own, but read the first book in the series, The Bridge of Dead Things, to give yourself a better foundation for enjoying it to the fullest.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2013

    A fast paced who-dun-it with a paranormal twist.

    The story starts quite slowly but as soon as the wind begins to blow in Ancient Egypt it quickly becomes a hurricane that will not stop. An awesome blend of history, mystery and love story in turns. I loved the first book but OMG even if some of my favourite characters don’t make a reappearance in this one, I think it’s better. Can’t wait for the third.

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