In an alternate London where the dead haunt the living, Lucy Carlyle, a talented ghost hunter recently employed at Lockwood & Co, must save her new job, career and sanity with the help of her partners Anthony Lockwood and George Cubbins.
When a mysterious locket and a botched investigation cause the employees of Lockwood & Co. to face the threat of home and joblessness they become heavily involved in the investigation of a nefarious crime, and the haunting of an old mansion with a dark past.
Lockwood & Co. is a fantasy series written by Jonathan Stroud
, following the adventures of a ghost detection agency of the same name. Lockwood & Co.:
- The Screaming Staircase (2013)
- The Whispering Skull (2014 - In progress)
Lockwood & Co. contains examples of:
- Adults Are Useless: Only children and teenagers are able to see ghosts, so adults must rely on them and their senses in order to deal with hauntings.
- Alternate Universe: About 50 years prior to the start of the story, ghosts start popping up all over the world and attacking people, prompting the creation of agencies intended to fight them.
- Before The Dark Times: Before the first emergence of The Problem, the world here was relatively normal and much like our own.
- Chekhov's Gun: The locket that Lockwood and Lucy find on a skeleton.
- Chill of Undeath: Caused by the presence of ghosts.
- Freudian Trio: Our heroes. Lucy is the Id, sensitive to the emotions of the undead, George is the Superego, insistent on research and preparation above Talent, and Lockwood is the Ego, balancing the two and making the decisions.
- Haunted Castle: Combe Carey Hall, an old abbey that is one of the most haunted locations in England.
- Haunted House: Basically every single house Lockwood & Co. investigates.
- Hero Insurance: Averted. Lockwood & Co. faces massive fines and the threat of eviction after burning down a haunted house.
- Lethally Stupid: Anthony Lockwood has shades of this. For example, when he was pushing his employees to explore the Hall with him.
- Occult Detective: Whole agencies of them, of which Lockwood & Co. is one.
- Our Ghosts Are Different: Of the "Unfinished Business" type. All of the ghosts in the story have some sort of object still tying them down to earth.
- Paranormal Investigation: Massive industries are built around this.
- Parental Abandonment: Lucy's mother ships her off to train as a ghost inspector.
- Psychic Children: Children and teenagers are the only ones who can clearly detect and deal with ghosts.
- Power Trio: The three main characters.
- Silver Has Mystic Powers: Like the other series by the same author, The Bartimaeus Trilogy, silver is used in fighting off the supernatural.
- Tempting Fate: Lockwood has a habit of this. "It's Probably Nothing" and "What Could Possibly Go Wrong?" are two examples of this.
- Who You Gonna Call?: Lockwood & Co. along with all the other ghosthunting agencies.