Alternative Detective

4 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 79 ratings

Steeplejack Publisher's Summary

Earphones Award Winner (AudioFile Magazine)

Thoughtfully imaginative and action-packed, Steeplejack is New York Times best-selling A. J. Hartley's YA debut, set in a 19th-century South African fantasy world. Actress Noma Dumezweni - best known for originating the role of Hermione Granger in the stage production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - narrates with the precision and delicacy of a high wire act to bring a remarkably complex and one of a kind heroine to life.

Seventeen-year-old Anglet Sutonga lives repairing the chimneys, towers, and spires of the city of Bar-Selehm. Dramatically different communities live and work alongside each other. The white Feldish command the nation's higher echelons of society. The native Mahweni are divided between city life and the savannah. And then there's Ang, part of the Lani community who immigrated over generations ago as servants and now mostly live in poverty on Bar-Selehm's edges.

When Ang is supposed to meet her new apprentice Berrit, she instead finds him dead. That same night, the Beacon, an invaluable historical icon, is stolen. The Beacon's theft commands the headlines, yet no one seems to care about Berrit's murder - except for Josiah Willinghouse, an enigmatic young politician. When he offers her a job investigating his death, she plunges headlong into new and unexpected dangers.

Meanwhile, crowds gather in protests over the city's mounting troubles. Rumors surrounding the Beacon's theft grow. More suspicious deaths occur. With no one to help Ang except Josiah's haughty younger sister, a savvy newspaper girl, and a kindhearted herder, Ang must rely on her intellect and strength to resolve the mysterious link between Berrit and the missing Beacon before the city descends into chaos.

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  • Book 1

    • Steeplejack

    • By: A. J. Hartley
    • Narrated by: Noma Dumezweni
    • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64

    Seventeen-year-old Anglet Sutonga lives repairing the chimneys, towers, and spires of the city of Bar-Selehm. Dramatically different communities live and work alongside each other. The white Feldish command the nation's higher echelons of society. The native Mahweni are divided between city life and the savannah. And then there's Ang, part of the Lani community who immigrated over generations ago as servants and now mostly live in poverty on Bar-Selehm's edges.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Steeplejack Audio Climbs the Tops of Storytelling

    • By Kerra Bolton on 12-08-16

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Steeplejack

    • Steeplejack, Book 1
    • By: A. J. Hartley
    • Narrated by: Noma Dumezweni
    • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Thoughtfully imaginative and action-packed, Steeplejack is New York Times best-selling A. J. Hartley's YA debut set in a 19th-century South African fantasy world. Seventeen-year-old Anglet Sutonga lives and works as a steeplejack in Bar-Selehm, a sprawling city known for its great towers, spires, and smokestacks - and even greater social disparities. Ang's world is turned upside down when her new apprentice, Berrit, is murdered the same night that the city's landmark jewel is stolen.

    Regular price: $20.24

  • Book 2

    • Firebrand

    • A Steeplejack Novel
    • By: A. J. Hartley
    • Narrated by: Noma Dumezweni
    • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    Once a steeplejack, Anglet Sutonga is used to scaling the heights of Bar-Selehm. Nowadays she assists politician Josiah Willinghouse behind the scenes of Parliament. The latest threat to the city-state: Government plans for a secret weapon are stolen and feared to be sold to the rival nation of Grappoli. The investigation leads right to the doorsteps of Elitus, one of the most exclusive social clubs in the city. In order to catch the thief, Ang must pretend to be a foreign princess and infiltrate Elitus.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Delightful Sequel

    • By Keri Owen on 08-12-18

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Firebrand

    • Steeplejack, Book 2
    • By: A. J. Hartley
    • Narrated by: Noma Dumezweni
    • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Once a steeplejack, Anglet Sutonga is used to scaling the heights of Bar-Selehm. Nowadays she assists politician Josiah Willinghouse behind the scenes of Parliament. The latest threat to the city-state: government plans for a secret weapon are stolen and feared to be sold to the rival nation of Grappoli. The investigation leads right to the doorsteps of Elitus, one of the most exclusive social clubs in the city.

    Regular price: $20.24