Holly Webb is a fantastic author and I was excited to read that she had a new detective story out set in Victorian London.
Maisie lives with her grandmother in a London boarding house (there is a lovely illustration of the house and various rooms at the start of the book). When she finds an abandoned puppy, she knows that she must take it home but is not quite sure how to persuade her grandmother to let her keep it. She is determined to be a detective and the puppy becomes her first mystery, after all who would abandon such a cute creature? It is the puppy who then leads Maisie to her first real case, tracking down a thief at the local butcher’s who has framed one of the young boys working there.
I loved Maisie’s character, she comes across as very brave and full of energy. I really enjoyed the setting of Victorian London, as it lends an edge of mystery to the plot.
Beautifully illustrated, this is a wonderful book for younger readers especially any budding detectives out there. I am pleased to see that there are more books to come in this delightful series.
Thank you to Stripes Publishing for sending us a copy to review.