I love a mystery story. You know this. I know this. I love the plot twists, I love the detectives, I love the trail of clues and Katherine Woodfine knows just how to include them all! What makes her stories stand out from the crowd is the detail of Edwardian London where Sophie, Lil and the gang solve their mysteries. As I read this book, I felt completely immersed within the formalities of high society of the time. The Coming-Out ball of Miss Whiteley was indeed a highlight! The societal rules seem strange in comparison to the world we live in now, but there is something romantic and alluring to the whole feel of this time period.
The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow, the prequel to the Mystery of the Jewelled Moth, was fantastic and so this one had a lot to live up to. The second in a series is always difficult to review because it’s hard not to directly compare it. I did feel, however, that this story just rolled seamlessly from the first. I got straight back into Sophie and Lil’s world, meeting them again like it was only yesterday I read the last book. The story focuses on the girls and Miss Whiteley looking for a missing brooch and another young girl called Mei. From completely different lives, Mei and Miss Whiteley end up crossing paths as they both have a vested interest in the Jewelled moth. Our trusty detectives from the famous Sinclair’s department store go on the case to find it. Is the Baron raising his ugly head again in London?
I enjoyed this book even more than the first. It’s fast paced, filled with dastardly crime and is as intricate as the Jewelled Moth itself! What more could you want? A must read.
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