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    Spooky happenings in Peculiar County

    Stuart R. West knows a thing or two about combining humour with horror. His deft style lifts both characters and plot straight off the page and into the reader's mind and living room. This latest work is a classic West Tale. They do everything differently in Peculiar County. They live differently, die differently and, in between are secrets heaped upon secrets, ghosts, spooky librarians - and a girl called Dibby trying to solve a murder, assisted by a cast of ghosts and a highly fanciable new boy in town called James. You never know quite what is going to happen next in Peculiar County, but it's a lot of spooky fun finding out.
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    Excellent, entertaining ghost story mystery

    What a read! I laughed so hard. This is Stuart West at his best. Well written, funny but serious at the same time. This novel is not just for teens, but adults too. I highly recommend it. You won't be able to put it down.
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    Peculiar County is a very strange and fun book

    Peculiar County is a very strange and fun book. Hangwell is a unique town with a strange background and weird happenings around every corner. Dibby is being haunted by a young boy and she becomes determined to find out why and what happened to him. This book was really good. The ghost story and secrets make for an intriguing mystery. The characters, especially Dibby, are very likable and I love her country manner and language. This book was a wild ride from start to finish. It was packed with action. This is the first book I have read by this author, but I really enjoyed it.
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    Something peculiar going on...

    Mildly creepy, so don't pick this up for the big chills. What Mr. West has accomplished is a book that keeps on giving phrase after clause after sentence after paragraph you'll want to highlight and say "this is so amazingly good." To do that, I'd have had to highlight the whole darned thing. Here's just a couple of examples of words that sing to me: "The scythe rose, scarred the moon's face. The weapon swooshed down. Thunked into Hedrick's back, the sound of a watermelon chunked apart." Another: "A bad wind, riding shotgun with evil, spat through the field. Corn stalks rattled like bones. A whistled wheezed through the field, a train plummeting down, down, dead straight into Hell." Another: "Waves of flowing blood rolled into the cornfield. Soon, only the tips of the tallest stalks rose above the red tide and I floated into the sea of blood. I let it take me, far downstream, away from the murder and madness. I closed my eyes. And sun, seeking calm." And Another: "A rooster beat me awake, but not by much. The early bird had nothing on me. I had places to be, people to meet, murderers to uproot." The first person approach to Dibby, the 15-year-old female lead, is a highly dangerous task for a 50-something old guy, but he just dug in and channeled a perfect Dibby from 1965. This was a brilliant choice. Trying to emulate a 21st Century 15-year-old would be doomed to failure, but the 1965 version of a polite lil gal from Kansas with plenty of issues like a runaway mom and the high-school drama queen hellbent on making her life hell? Brilliant. I happened to have written a first person book in the POV of an 11-year-old Texas boy. The cadence and style between Dibby and Eddie is pitch perfect. Guess what? I was about Dibby's age in 1965 and a tomboy to boot, so I know this girl. I was this girl. Except Dibby is stronger and smarter and more eloquent. I kept waiting for Mr. West to falter on this character, but he pulled it off like he was Stephen King writing about the kids in Maine dealing with killer clowns, a possessed Plymouth Fury, or a high school girl pushed to her horrible heights my a bunch of high school bullies. Peculiar County isn't as scary as King's books, but the the pitch perfect characterizations and intriguing use of language remind me of the master writer. I've read a lot of Mr. West's books. I generally enjoy them. This one, however, hits the sweet spot for me. Dibby is a heroine of the first order taking charge in a very Peculiar County in Kansas. Totally recommended for light horror fans. I don't care for tons of gore, so this book set with me right well (see, I'm writing like Dibby talks now). I was given a pre-release copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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