Eccentric teenager Edgar Wilde lives with his grandmother and runs his own cemetery tour business in the quaint, coastal New England town of St. Edmund. Determined to offer the very best tours, Edgar volunteers at the local library on Saturdays, where he secretly digs through old town documents for interesting historical tidbits.
Among his recent discoveries is the name of a man who seems to be missing from the official town records. Edgar’s curiosity deepens the further he digs — if he didn’t know better he could swear the mysterious figure had been intentionally removed from St. Edmund’s history. But it’s when two members of the local historical society forcefully tell him to mind his own business that he begins to realize he’s stumbled into something very, very big.
St. Edmund’s cemetery manager, Corinthian Harknell, has been Edgar’s confidant and father figure for some time, and the curious mystery of the missing man seems to have whetted his appetite for a good adventure as well. Corinthian knows Edgar better than anyone, and instantly picks up on the chemistry between Edgar and high school acquaintance Shelby Emerson, whose curiosity draws her deeper and deeper into Edgar Wilde’s compelling world of Victorian garb, cemetery iconography and passion for mystery.
Together, the three find themselves on a tantalizing quest involving centuries-old clues hidden around St. Edmund, a forgotten witch trial, and a mysterious book of spells — the Lost Grimoire — that promises untold power to the one who wields it.
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This is a fast read, yet a compelling one. A short book (this runs to an estimated 126 pages: estimated since it is on Kindle) needs to pull you quickly into its own universe, and with Edgar Wilde Paul Ramey achieves that deftly and swiftly. That his characters are well-developed and three-dimensional despite the low word-count is testament to the talent of this author. This tale of New England teens investigating a centuries old mystery is always engaging and tantalising. The book has what Stephen King (in Misery) calls ‘The Gotta’; that elusive element in a story that compels you to want to find out what happens next. “You don’t know exactly where to find the gotta, but you always know when you did.” The Gotta keeps you up all night, because you simply have to read ‘just one more chapter’. Well OK, maybe not all night given the length of this adventure, but if you read it on the bus I guarantee you will miss your stop. The story flips between the modern day and the 18th century. The modern scenes are far more engaging, possibly because the dialogue of the characters in the past occasionally comes across as clunky and forced. This is my sole criticism of the book, and by the end of the second chapter I found myself hooked. I had exclaimed in surprise, laughed out loud, and completely forgotten the stilted historical speech. Edgar is an engaging hero, not least because he shares my love of old cemeteries, but the star of the book has to be the beguiling Shelby Emerson, a strong and intelligent female lead that reminded me of Joss Whedon’s women – capable, quick and perfectly capable of standing alone while preferring not to. The plot is well-paced, and the language beautiful at times – “white cotton curtains billowed in the icy breeze like ghosts dancing on the air”. The book, while aimed at young adults, certainly delighted this grumpy old git. Do yourself a favour, give Edgar Wilde a couple of hours of your time. You’ll be delighted that you did.
i met the author at onespark (a festival in downtown Jacksonville) & i bought a kindle version of it that night. it took me about a week to finish the whole book (well, i could say less than a week since i practically refused to put my kindle down only to charge it because the story was really good that it was impossible to put it down until i had at least 2-3 chapters read, or more depending on if i wanted to, which was usually yes). i messaged paul on Facebook& sent him a friend request, which he accepted. so, it feels awesome to be friends with an author that, in my opinion, could possibly become the next JK Rowling (the author of the Harry Potter series & the creator of the Harry Potter world). with onespark happening again this year, i hope he'll be there again & i'm sure he'll remember me & my dad again.
I read this book in about 2 hours while taking a few breaks to play with my kids. It was an interesting read, one that I'd recommend to teens, or young adults, but as kind of hokey for adults. I found it very predictable and wasn't very attached to the characters but enjoyed the story. I had a hard time believing the age of Edgar Wilde, his language was WAY more advanced at 15 than most adults I've known, and the statement he made to Corinthian when he was 8 was completely unbelievable. I think if Paul had either dumbed down the language for the characters or increased their ages, I'd have enjoyed this book more. Also, I wasn't a big fan of all the little hints. I feel like he's setting this up to be the first in a series, and that's fine, but how do the 4 ladies in the Historical Society connect to the book, and what's up with his gram's powers? Is she a true witch? Did she get her abilities from the book? I feel like I almost love this book and am almost brought into it, but at the end, it falls short. I'm kinda bummed too because I really wanted to love this book.
The action started with the first couple paragraphs and kept on until the end. I had to put this book down a few times, but the characters were well-developed enough that I jumped right into the story when I picked the book up again. The protagonist, a 15-year-old boy, is intelligent, self-motivated, and very sympathetic. I'd gladly let my kids read about him, and have already recommended that my daughter read this book. Parents: there are a couple of cuss words. I say "a couple" and it's no exaggeration. A couple of cuss words, in one chapter toward the beginning of the book, said by disrespectful kids and chastised for it. The rest of the book is completely appropriate, IMHO.