Wednesday, 24 February 2016
The Mystery of the Jewelled Moth by Katherine Woodfine
The honour of your company is requested at lord beaucastle's fancy dress ball. Wonder at the puzzling disappearance of the Jewelled Moth! Marvel as our heroines, Sophie and Lil, don cunning disguises, mingle in high society and munch many cucumber sandwiches to solve this curious case! Applaud their bravery as they follow a trail of terrible secrets that leads straight to London's most dangerous criminal mastermind, and could put their own lives at risk...It will be the most thrilling event of the season! This is a fast-paced and compelling mystery adventure with gorgeous Edwardian period detail, this is Mr Selfridge meets Nancy Drew!
I really enjoyed this book. After loving the first one in the series I have been excitedly waiting for this to arrive and I am so pleased to say it was as good as, if not better than, the previous book.
I am a self declared history geek and the thing that really does it for me in this series is the history. I loved seeing Edwardian Britain during this time with all the detail that just adds to the story to make it feel real. I loved seeing the tradition and the huge divide between the haves and have nots.
I love the main characters. I love that they are strong female leads who hold their own against the boys in the story especially considering the time period it is set in. I've heard others compare it to Philip Pullman's Sally Lockhart series which I adore and I think that comparison is spot on.
Whether you are eight or eighty if you love mystery novels or historical novels you will adore this book.