There's something strange & deadly loose...

There’s something strange and deadly loose in Philadelphia…

The year is 1876 and Eleanor Fitt has a lot to worry about. Her brother has gone missing, her family has fallen on hard times, and her mother is determined to marry her off to any rich young man who walks by. But this is nothing compared to what she’s just read in the newspaper—

The Dead are rising in Philadelphia.

And then, in a frightening attack, a zombie delivers a letter to Eleanor…from her brother.

Whoever is controlling the Dead army has taken her brother as well. If Eleanor is going to find him, she’ll have to venture into the lab of the notorious Spirit-Hunters, who protect the city from supernatural forces. But as Eleanor spends more time with the Spirit-Hunters, including their maddeningly stubborn yet handsome inventor, Daniel, the situation becomes dire. And now, not only is her reputation on the line, but her very life may hang in the balance.

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Praise for the Series

“Thrilling, charming, and dark, Something Strange & Deadly is a delicious sandwich of harmonious flavors. I fell for Daniel, I soaked in the zombie mayhem with glee, I delighted in the steampunk fashion and gadgetry. If you enjoyed Clockwork Angel, you’ll love this. Fantastical fun.”

Marie Lu

NYT Bestselling Author

“[A Darkness Strange & Lovely has] a dark, glittering world, full of unforgettable characters, swashbuckling action, and heart-stopping romance. Susan Dennard’s books now have a permanent place on my All-Time Favorites shelf!”

Sarah J. Maas

NYT Bestselling Author

“A spirited, period piece that ties together a woman’s place during the Victorian era with the adventures that only a zombie tale can bring. Dennard writes in an easy-to-read, conversational style with strong characters that leave you rooting for Eleanor and wishing that you could be there cracking zombie kneecaps right beside her.”

Children's Literature

“From the first page, readers will be awakened to an 1876 Philadelphia replete with animated corpses, irresistible romance and a game of intrigue. Those who enjoy Cassandra Clare’s the Infernal Devices series will be spellbound by Dennard’s macabre and impressive debut.”

Shelf Awareness

“Give [Something Strange & Deadly] to anyone who likes a light zombie story with a pinch of romance.”

School Library Journal

“Mystery, romance, humor, action, a sure-fire setting: Dennard delivers.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Realistic characters, compelling action sequences and an entertaining, twisty plot will delight.”

Romantic Times Book Reviews

“Blending historical fiction, horror, romance, and mystery, Dennard creates a roaring—and addictive—gothic world.”

Publisher's Weekly

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Books in the Series

Book 1: Something Strange & Deadly

Book 2: A Darkness Strange & Lovely

Book 3: Strange & Ever After

Prequel Novella: A Dawn Most Wicked



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“Set against a backdrop of 19th-century Paris, the ambience [of A Darkness Strange & Lovely] is classic and romantic despite the walking dead roaming the streets. Their presence creates conflict and adds a perfect balance of action.”

Romantic Times Book Review

Something Strange and Deadly as a captivating and empowering thriller.”

Huffington Post

“Dennard’s series finale [Strange & Ever After] is a fun and rollicking ride. She pairs a wonderful and immersive landscape with a highly twisty plot that will have fans gasping.”

Romantic Times Book Reviews

“This debut novel is quite compelling and features a plot that moves at breakneck speed. The plot is full of action, betrayal, and romance.”

Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

“A wonderfully brisk pace sweeps readers into an intriguing mystery. Eleanor serves as a highly entertaining guide and readers will find themselves settling in among the undead just fine.”

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“[A Darkness Strange & Lovely is] enjoyable as a stand-alone, but will especially thrill fans of Something Strange and Deadly.”

School Library Journal

“Susan really finds her feet and[Something Strange & Deadly] flows immaculately pulling you in and turning pages for you.”

The Guardian

“[A Darkness Strange & Lovely is] fast paced and entertaining.”

Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

“An emotionally honest, well-earned denouement [Strange & Ever After] brings this lively historical zombie trilogy to an honorable end.”

Kirkus Reviews

“[In Strange & Ever After]…the hunt for the mystical bird and the rich Egyptian backdrop inject enough thrills to make this an exciting, quick read. The author adds dimension to and deepens the characterization of several of the protagonists while exploring the nature of the soul and the human capacity for change…fans of the series will enjoy it immensely.”

School Library Journal

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