Synopsis: Flossie Birdwhistle is the Turnkey at London’s Highgate Cemetery. As Turnkey, Flossie must ensure all the souls in the cemetery stay at rest. This is a difficult job at the best of times for a twelve-year-old ghost, but it is World War II and each night enemy bombers hammer London. Even the dead are unsettled. When Flossie encounters the ghost of a German soldier carrying a mysterious object, she becomes suspicious. What is he up to? Before long, Flossie uncovers a sinister plot that could result in the destruction of not only her cemetery, but also her beloved country. Can Flossie stop him before it is too late?

Release Date: 5th September 2019

Format Read: Paperback

Genres: Historical, Middle Grade, Paranormal, Mystery, War

Pages: 256

Review: This was so unique, I’ve never read anything like this. It was such a fun, thrilling, interesting read. It had twists and turns and so many exciting characters. 

Firstly how fascinating is this book that it is set in a graveyard during WW2 and the strong protagonist is a dead young girl? Like seriously I loved that and she was so brave, strong, Independent and determined. She carried the weight of everyone on her ghostly shoulders and was the greatest heroine. She was thought out and written so incredibly well. 

I loved the whole mystery of this book, figuring out who the spy was, to what the plots were that the Germans were planning, to the skittish girl in the German graveyard; and to how Flossie was going to save all of England from this war and most importantly how to protect the inferred and her graveyard. It was so unique, so creative, so captivating and fascinating to read. 

The Turnkeys were such a wonderful creation, in each graveyard one dead ghost is there to look after everyone else, that was such a beautiful thought that even In death everyone is loved and looked after. It was so beautiful a concept and it was really enjoyable to read about this whole other world within our own. 

I really did enjoy this book so much and I know it’s one I’ll read again in the future, I’ve honestly never come across anything like this before, everything in this book was so unique and creatively made.


Where to buy: Amazon, Wordery, Book Depository, Waterstones

About Author: Allison Rushby, the daughter of an author, was raised on a wholesome diet of classic English literature. Some of her favourite books, re-read countless dog-eared times, include Rumer Godden’s The Dolls’ House, Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden, Joyce Lankester Brisley’s Milly-Molly-Mandy series and Noel Streatfeild’s Shoes series. She adores cities with long, winding histories, wild, overgrown cemeteries, red-brick Victorian museums, foxes and ivy. She likes to write with a cup of Darjeeling tea by her side and a Devon Rex cat called Claudia curled up in her lap. The Turnkey is Allison’s first book with Walker.


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