Kitty Hawk & the Mystery of the Masterpieces: Book Five of the Kitty Hawk Flying
Detective Agency Series by Iain Reading
Published: February 14, 2015
Published by: CreateSpace
Trade paperback: 238 pages
Content rating: G
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.
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.
Iain Reading is passionate about Root Beer, music, and writing. He is Canadian, but currently lives in the Netherlands working for the United Nations.