It was New Year’s Eve, and a cold, bitter night. In the apothecary’s shop Benjamin Partridge was waiting, staring at the oak bench that shone with his sweat, and at the great stone mortar and pestle in which his spirit had been ground. Very soon now he’d be off to his friends and his home to drink and cheer the death of the old year and pray that the new one would be better. And maybe to slip in a prayer for his master, Mister Corbett, the apothecary himself.' May you be like this year that’s gone, sir, and take the same shivering ague! For your seasons weren’t no better. May you creak and groan like your shop sign in this wild wind, sir!’. But slippered Mister Corbett slunk down his stairs, quiet as a waistcoated rat, and gave the impatient boy more and more tasks to do, sending him off at last on an errand across desolate Hampstead Heath. As he struggled against the wind Benjamin in his resentment wished him dead with all his heart and soul . . . and found himself trapped instead with his master's ghost, which followed him everywhere, a silent accuser of murder. This chilling supernatural tale, and the two other stories in the book, about a painter’s assistant and a mutiny of convicts at sea, will still further enhance the reputation Leon Garﬁeld has gained with his earlier Puffin books, Jack Holborn, Devil-in-the-Fog, Smith and Black Jack.
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