I have just finished reading book 6 - Death Bringer in the Skulduggery Pleasant series written by Derek Landy and it was brilliant, just as good as the first 5 in fact maybe even a little bit better :-)
Skulduggery Pleasant is a skeleton detective, with his side kick Valkyrie (her magical name) who is a teenage student when not being a detective. Fighting evil forces, necromancers and generally kicking bottom in the magical world, filled with zombies, vampires and magicians. Lots of action packed fights using the elements, interesting plots and a whole load of problems for Valkyrie running a secret life as a detective whilst still living in her parents house!
Along with the interesting plot that started in book one and continues through the series, all the action packed adventure and magic has the added bonus of humour.
Playing with Fire
The Faceless Ones
The Skulduggery website ( skulduggerypleasant.com ) describes Skulduggery as a wise cracking detective, powerful magician, master of dirty tricks and burglary (in the name of the greater good of course) oh yeah and dead!
A very good, magical, funny and enjoyable read, can't wait for the next one!