First in the "Pure Dead" series
Finished: July 22, 2007
Reason for Reading: happened upon it at the library, the cover art (2002 Edition) was amazing and after reading the blurb on the back decided to check it out.
From an upstairs window peered three pairs of eyes.
Recommend: Yes. I thoroughly enjoyed this! Very funny with tongue-in-cheek British humour (well, Scottish, actually), I found myself laughing out loud several times and chuckling quietly many times. This family is very unique but endearing, think of a Scottish Addams Family. For the first half of the book, the plot was a bit slow as each chapter seemed to be more of a vignette than part of the story-line, but by the middle of the book the action picked up. I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoyed the Unfortunate Events books but be warned that this book is a bit 'gross' at times (large mythical beasts do eat bad guys), so definitely not for the very young or sensitive. I'll certainly be reading the next in the series.