Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Kitty Hawk & the Mystery of the Masterpieces: Book Five of the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series by Iain Reading

This installment is perfect for firing the imagination of readers of all ages.

Book Details:

Kitty Hawk & the Mystery of the Masterpieces: Book Five of the Kitty Hawk Flying
Detective Agency Series by Iain Reading
ISBN: 9781508488866
Published: February 14, 2015
Published by: CreateSpace
Trade paperback: 238 pages
Content rating: G

Book Description:

Kitty Hawk and the Mystery of the Masterpieces is the eagerly anticipated fifth instalment of the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency book series. This series features the intrepid teenage seaplane pilot and amateur detective Kitty Hawk as she continues in the footsteps of Nancy Drew and Amelia Earhart on her epic flight around the world. After meeting up with an old friend in the eternal city of Rome, Kitty Hawk unexpectedly stumbles (almost literally) into a bizarre mystery involving creepy disembodied voices, secret hidden rooms, unbreakable mathematical codes, ominous chain-smoking strangers and an array of plundered artworks by such famous masters as Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro and Vincent van Gogh - all of it wrapped up and entwined in an enigmatic riddle hanging in plain sight right in front of everyone's noses. 

With the help of friends both old and new, Kitty Hawk follows a trail of cryptic clues that leads her on a breathless tour across a quintessentially European landscape - from ancient Roman Italy to the darkest corners of Germany, Austria and beyond. As with the previous books in the series, this new installment is perfect for firing the imaginations of readers of all ages. Filled with fascinating and highly Google-able locations and history, this exhilarating adventure will have armchair explorers and amateur detectives alike anxiously following every twist and turn as they attempt to help Kitty Hawk try and solve the extraordinarily bizarre Mystery of the Masterpieces.

Buy the Book: Amazon

My Review:
Reviewed by Sandra Olshaski

In the words of Sherlock Holmes "the game is on" and, once again, Kitty finds herself in the midst of it, this time in Rome. Kitty has flown herself there in her trust De Havilland Beaver seaplane to meet Charlie, her friend from Book 1. They are almost immediately plunged into a mystery regarding missing paintings and the Nazis. Determined, adventuresome Kitty sets out to find the answers as she travels through Europe.

As usual I admire the author's creativity in both setting the plot and solving the mystery. Who can resist hidden rooms, eerie voices, old-fashioned radio receivers and secret codes in connection with priceless artwork. The reader is not only entertained but also learns so much in the Iain Reading books. In this round, young readers can learn about the concentration camps as Kitty visits Dachau, Germany. Older readers may be captivated by the numbers stations, wherein people broadcast codes over the radio to transmit information. I had never heard of them.

The short 2-page chapters are easy to read and the titles are captivating. For example, Chapter 18 is entitled "Unbelievably, Extraordinarily, Ridiculously, Mind-Bogglingly Difficult." And the book cover is brilliant!

This fast-paced mystery will enchant young and old. I enjoy reviewing Iain Reading's books and highly recommend them to all.

Sandra Olshaski's disclaimer: Thanks to the author for sending me this book for review. I was not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.

About the Author:

Iain Reading is passionate about Root Beer, music, and writing. He is Canadian, but currently lives in the Netherlands working for the United Nations.

Ian is the author of the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series, The Wizards of Water and the dragon of the month club. To learn more, go to his Amazon page.

Connect with Iain on FacebookTwitter, and Goodreads.

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1 comment :

  1. This looks like another winner in the Kitty Hawk series. I should get them for my son who I know would probably love them. Great review!


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