In the run-up to the Doctor Who 2012 Christmas Special…
Devil in the Smoke
An Adventure for
The Great Detective
Recounted by Mr Justin Richards
Published by BBC Books on 18 December 2012, priced £1.99 epub only
Madame Vastra, the fabled Lizard Woman of Paternoter Row, knew death in many shapes and forms. But perhaps one of the most bizarre of these was death by snow…
On a cold day in December, two young boys, tired of sweeping snow from the workhouse yard, decide to build a snowman – and are confronted with a strange and grisly mystery. In horrified fascination, they watch as their snowman begins to bleed…
The search for answers to this impossible event will plunge Harry into the most hazardous – and exhilarating – adventure of his life. He will encounter a hideous troll. He will dine with a mysterious parlour maid. And he will help The Great Detective, Madame Vastra, save the world from the terrifying Devil in the Smoke.
About the Author
Mr Justin Richards is a noted author of no small repute. In addition to his fictional fantasies concerning the continuing exploits of that mysterious traveller in space and time known only as ‘the Doctor’, Mr Richards has some previous experience of chronicling the fantastical events of the Victorian era in his novels The Death Collector, The Parliament of Blood and The Chamber of Shadows. He has also previously penned volumes of a wholly electronic nature both with the help of Miss Melody Malone (Detective) in her adventure The Angel’s Kiss and in the form of a dystopian future narrative entitled The Skeleton Clock.
About Doctor Who
• Devil in the Smoke is BBC Books’ second digital-only Doctor Who adventure. Set prior to the events of this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special, The Snowmen, it is our first piece of Doctor Who fiction to feature the popular characters Madame Vastra, Jenny and Strax.
• The Angel’s Kiss was the first original Doctor Who e-book from BBC Books. Published in October 2012, it quickly became a bestseller in the UK and US
• Doctor Who is the most popular family drama in the UK. The first episode in the current series attracted an audience of 8.3 million. It has a record-breaking audience in the U.S where it is the most downloaded show on iTunes