Derek Landy

  • 5 stars across 50 books
Derek Landy lives near Dublin. Before writing his children's story about a sharply-dressed skeleton detective, he wrote the screenplays for a zombie movie and a murderous horror film. "I think my career-guidance teacher is spinning in her grave," he says, "or she would be if she were dead."
Derek is far too modest to talk about any awards or accolades his books may have won. He will not, for instance, mention the fact that his first book, Skulduggery Pleasant, won the Red House Children’s Book Award, or that his second, Playing With Fire, won an Irish Book Award for Children’s Book of the Year, or that his third, The Faceless Ones, is his mother’s personal favourite. He lives in Ireland with a variety of cats, a German Shepherd, and two geriatric Staffordshire Bull Terriers who keep peeing on his kitchen floor because they think it’s funny.

You can find Derek Landy on Twitter here.

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18th July 2024

Skulduggery Pleasant

Meet the great Skulduggery Pleasant: wise-cracking detective, powerful magician, master of dirty tricks and burglary (in... MoreSkulduggery Pleasant

(74 reviews) Review
18th February 2021

Apocalypse Kings

A brand new Skulduggery Pleasant novella for World Book Day: a hilarious and thrilling standalone story in the internati... MoreApocalypse Kings

(13 reviews) Review
30th May 2019


The 12th explosive novel in the internationally bestselling Skulduggery Pleasant series, BEDLAM will blow your mind - ... MoreBedlam

(12 reviews) Review
1st April 2021

Dead or Alive

Skulduggery, Valkyrie and Omen return in the 14th and penultimate novel in the internationally bestselling Skuldugge... MoreDead or Alive

(12 reviews) Review
1st September 2008

Playing With Fire

Just when you think you’ve saved the world… "You will kill her?" the Torment asked. Skulduggery sagged. "Yes."... MorePlaying With Fire

(10 reviews) Review
2nd April 2020

Seasons of War

The thirteenth thrilling novel in the internationally bestselling Skulduggery Pleasant series, SEASONS OF WAR wi... MoreSeasons of War

(10 reviews) Review
1st September 2011


Derek Landy, Philip Reeve, Joseph Delaney, Susan Cooper, Eleanor Updale, Jamila Gavin, Mal Peet, Matt Haig, Berlie Doher... MoreHaunted

(9 reviews) Review
29th May 2018


Skulduggery Pleasant and Valkyrie Cain are back in their most gripping story yet, as book 11, Midnight, picks up where... MoreMidnight

(9 reviews) Review
3rd September 2009

The Faceless Ones

Third bone-breaking, belly-busting adventure in the bestselling series that puts the “funny” back in… um… funny bestsell... MoreThe Faceless Ones

(6 reviews) Review
5th April 2018


The best-selling return of skeleton detective Skulduggery Pleasant, out now in paperback. A lot has changed. R... MoreResurrection

(5 reviews) Review
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