Meet Skulduggery Pleasant: detective, magician, warrior. And the best bit -- he is dead! His latest adventure with partner in crime, Valkyrie Cain, brings them face-to-face with the bad guys who want to end the world.

This fantasy character, created by Irish author Derek Landy uses wit, fantasy, magic and mystery to carry readers and followers along this hugely popular debut series. This dead hero is aided by countless magic-wielding allies to help him stop baddie Nefarian Serpine from unleashing a weapon of terrible power on the world.

Skulduggery Pleasant: The Faceless One (Book 3) by Derek Landy, HarperCollins India, Rs 299. Available at leading bookstores.