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Serpentine Reviews

Serpentine by Philip Pullman, Tom Duxbury


Philip Pullman, Tom Duxbury

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2 reviews

Imprint: Penguin Books Ltd
Publisher: Penguin Random House Children's UK
Publication date: 15 Oct 2020
ISBN: 9780241475249

A brand new short story set in the world of His Dark Materials and The Book of Dust by master storyteller, Philip Pullman. Serpentine is a perfect gift for every Pullman fan, new and old.

4 stars out of 5
17 Feb 2021

"the ride is stretch-limousine smooth and the evocation of the Hollywood Hills of the Seventies affecting"

Remarkably this is the 36th mystery featuring Jonathan Kellerman’s sleuthing psychologist Alex Delaware, in a series that began in 1985. The events in Serpentine start a few years before then, with the discovery of the body of a woman in a burnt-out car below Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles. Decades later, her entrepreneur daughter wants to learn what happened to the mother she knows only from photographs. Delaware helps his usual partner, the police lieutenant Milo Sturgis, to thaw this coldest of cases.


4 stars out of 5
Stuart Kelly
15 Oct 2020

"It’s a joy of a book"

It’s a joy of a book, but a little joy. Given we know that Lyra will be off gallivanting across Europe soon, there is no sense of threat, and as such it will make a delightful Christmas gift. I should add it was originally a handwritten manuscript, auctioned for fundraising for the National Theatre, so it does good as well as being good.