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This is book number 2 in the Edinburgh Nights series.
Opening up a world of magic and adventure, Our Lady of Mysterious Ailments by T. L. Huchu is the second book in the beloved Edinburgh Nights series.
Ropa Moyo’s ghostalking practice has tanked, desperate for money to pay bills and look after her family she reluctantly accepts a job to look into the history of a coma patient receiving treatment at the magical private hospital Our Lady of Mysterious Ailments. The patient is a teenage schoolboy called Max Wu, and healers at the hospital are baffled by the illness which has confounded medicine and magic.
Ropa’s investigation leads her to the Edinburgh Ordinary School for Boys, one of only the four registered schools for magic in the whole of Scotland (the oldest and only one that remains closed to female students).
But the headmaster there is hiding something and as more students succumb Ropa learns that a long-dormant and malevolent entity has once again taken hold in this world.
She sets off to track the current host for this spirit and try to stop it before other lives are endangered.
Praise for The Library of the Dead:
“Fast-moving and entertaining.” - Ben Aaronovitch
"An absolute delight . . . kept me totally hooked." -- Genevieve Cogman
“Alluring, shadowy Edinburgh with its hints of sophisticated academic magic will draw you in, but it’s Ropa—a hard knocks ghostalker on her paranormal grind to pay the rent—who grabs hold. The moment you meet her, you’ll follow wherever she goes.” — Olivie Blake, author of The Atlas Six
Praise for T. L. Huchu:
"Fresh and moving."—The New York Times Book Review
“Huchu’s literary prowess is beyond doubt, juggling and fusing humour, language, flashbacks, musical and political references to create this masterpiece.”—The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) on The Maestro, the Magistrate and the Mathematician
“A sensitive exploration of the concepts of identity, family, and home grounded in a rich, intricately detailed depiction of the immigrant experience of the global African diaspora.” —Kirkus Reviews on The Maestro, the Magistrate and the Mathematician
“This sharp, entertaining, and thoughtful debut is rife with sociopolitical commentary but never loses its humanity.”—Kirkus Reviews on The Hairdresser of Harare