• A filmic romp with great characters, a jet-propelled plot, and a winning premise.

    Eric Brown, GUARDIAN
  • I tore through The Stranger Times. Like an entertaining collision between the worlds of Mick Herron and Charlie Stross, it's a novel that proves ancient eldritch horror is no match for old-school journalism.

    CHRISTOPHER BROOKMYRE, bestselling author of Fallen Angel
  • There are weird happenings in Manchester; good job the drunk and dysfunctional journalists of The Stranger Times, a newspaper dedicated to paranormal and the unexplained, are on hand . . . terrific, easygoing fun.

    Robert Millen, THE TIMES
  • A cracker . . . brace yourself for murder, monsters, mesmerism - and merriment. Wonderfully wacky.

  • Darkly witty.

  • Darkly comedic . . . alternating between sinister and silly, McDonnell's writing is intelligently witty.

  • Wonderfully dark, extremely funny, and evocative of Terry Pratchett - which I think is the highest compliment I can give.

    ADAM KAY, No.1 bestselling author of This Is Going to Hurt
  • Hilarious. You'll never look at Manchester the same way again.

  • McDonnell packs jokes into every layer of his writing - narration, description, dialogue - and they always propel, rather than hold up, the business of storytelling, which is the real test of a comic author. He's also got an enjoyable sense of the macabre; these dark forces are not messing around . . . The Stranger Times is ripping entertainment from start to finish.


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