Twelve Minutes to Midnight

A spooky mystery to read by torchlight. Weird chaos is gripping the notorious Bedlam asylum in the dead of night… Penny Treadwell is thirteen, the heiress of sensational magazine The Penny Dreadful. Its masterly tales of the macabre are gripping Victorian Britain. And Penny has a secret – she’s the author! She’s always hunting for sinister stories. So she’s intrigued when she hears of eerie events at the Bedlam madhouse. Every night, at twelve minutes to midnight, the inmates rise from their beds, scribbling strange words on scraps of paper, cell walls and their own skin. With each tick of the clock, chaos is coming closer, as Penny is swept from fictional mysteries into a terrifying real-life one…

  • A superbly spooky mystery set in Victorian London
  • Full of fearsome thrills to keep you on tenterhooks
  • Christopher Edge is a Brilliant Book Award winner
  • His books include The Many Worlds of Albie Bright
  • His novels have twice been selected as Times picks

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  • I liked this book but it was quite weird

    8 March 2014

  • This is set in Victorian London. Its all about this girl detective who uncovers a sinister conspiracy.

    7 March 2014

  • This book freaked me a out a little I mean its just a weird book , I enjoyed it and everything but still a lttle weird

    7 March 2013

  • after reading letties review and looking at the cover of this book i would rely love to read it.

    7 March 2012

  • This is a fabulous thriller set in Victorian London. It is a sinister story told in vivid language and is based in Bedlam, the famous lunatic asylum. Strange writings are being revealed there which set off an intriguing mystery that the heroine Penelope Treadwell tries to solve. I found this book enthralling; it was so good I couldn’t put it down. The author uses such descriptive language that you easily imagine it in your head. I recommend this book to anyone over the age of 10 who likes mystery and suspense.

    Lettie, age 11

    23 February 2012

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    Winner of the Redbridge Children’s Book Award for The Many Worlds of Albie Bright.

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