Thirteen-year-old Thomas Creeper hasn’t been dealt the best hand. He lives in the seaside town of Gloomsbury—a damp and miserable place overrun by scabber weed, where the sun shines for only a few days each year. With the inexplicable death of his older brother, David, Thomas becomes heir to Creeper & Sons, the family’s funeral business, and his place as a mortician’s apprentice seems set. Thomas, however, dreams of a different kind of life (as a code-cracking spy) in a different kind of place (anywhere but Gloomsbury!). When a body arrives on the doorstep of Creeper & Sons Funeral Home with signs of foul play, Thomas and his smart-as-a-whip sidekick, Jeni Myers, is thrust into the middle of a terrifying mystery, one which will reveal the link between his family and the dark secret of his hometown. Joining forces with the motley crew of the Conch Whistle, a high-tech submarine that hides in offshore waters, Thomas and Jeni must rely upon their wits (and a few magical devices!) to defeat a powerful and horrifying foe.
In praise of Thomas Creeper and the Gloomsbury Secret
“A delightful steampunk, spy tale, ghost story, mystery mash-up with genuinely spooky moments. Through wonderfully gloomy illustrations and a plot that twists and turns like fog, J.R. Potter keeps the reader engaged and guessing. Expect just the right amount of the macabre, a host of fun, eccentric characters, and a gangly thirteen-year-old mortician’s assistant who discovers he’s a swashbuckler at heart.”
-Rebecca Baum, author of Lifelike Creatures