Wednesday, 20 August 2014
Review: Maisie Hitchins - The Case of the Secret Tunnel by Holly Webb
Publisher: Stripes Publishing
Released: May 5th, 2014
In Book 5 of the Maisie Hitchins series, Maisie is intrigued by a new lodger, Mr Fred Grange, who isn't quite what he seems...Mr Grange claims to work as a clerk for a biscuit company, but he's out and about on the London streets at odd hours, and Maisie soon discovers something very precious hidden in his rooms. Determined to unmask him as a thief, she soon discovers that the truth is far more complicated - and dangerous. Before long, Maisie and her friends are led into a web of mystery lurking underground...
Maisie Hitchins: The Case of the Secret Tunnel is the fifth book in Holly Webb's detective series for younger readers. Set in Victorian London it tells the story of Maisie Hitchins, who wants nothing more than to be a detective. She has a cute doggy companion called Eddie, and together they solve London's mysteries and crimes!
In The Case of the Secret Tunnel, Maisie's gran has a new lodger called Fred Grange, and Maisie knows something isn't quite right. Before long she finds herself knee-deep in some dangerous criminal activity, and she's the only one who can piece it all together. It's thrilling stuff!
I enjoyed this story and I'm a bit embarrassed to admit that it's my first ever Holly Webb book (gasp!). I loved the illustrations by Marion Lindsay and how they brought everyone to life. Maisie is a brilliant character, so independent and intelligent, and really goes after what she wants. To be so young and know she wants to be a detective... well... look out, London! The setting is great too though next time I'd like to see more emphasis on the Victorian era. Perhaps that's something I've missed in previous books in the series?!
The Case of the Secret Tunnel is a fun book reminiscent of Enid Blyton's Famous Five series. There's plenty of mystery and intrigue, a strong female character and did I mention a very cute little dog? I'll definitely make it my mission to read more by Holly Webb - she's such a prolific children's author and now I know why!