Kitty Hawk and the Mystery of the Masterpieces by Iain Reading: Book review

Kitty Hawk and the Mystery of the Masterpieces (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #5)
Publisher/Year: February 14th 2015 Createspace
Genre: YA Adventure/Mystery
Series: Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #5
Pages: 222
Source/Format: Paperback | Publisher
(Thanks Book Publicity Services/Iain!)
Rating: 3.5/5

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my opinion.

*This review may contain spoilers!*


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.

My review

I have to say I really liked this one! I wasn't sure what I was going into when I saw this was going to be about art theft, because it seemed like it could go one of two ways: either really exciting or just lacklustre. Luckily it was the former. I never would've thought I would be interested in this type of thing, but now it's got me looking for more books about classic art.

That familiar feel of mystery and adventure was still felt in this installment, which I think is a pretty impressive feat by Reading. I have loved seeing Kitty grow throughout these books and become even more of a smart, savvy detective.

I'm also very happy that Charlie is finally back as a major part of the book. It was very interesting to see how Kitty and Charlie act towards each other in real life compared to their emails, and I hope he stays working with Kitty in the next one.

I can't wait to see where Kitty travels to next.



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