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The Hounds of Hellerby Hall (The Christie McKinnon Adventures Book 1) Kindle Edition
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It had me fooled till the very end with these dodgy characters turning up, friend or foe, or a bit of both.
I was guessing they were Nazi's but guessed wrong. Brilliant whodunit. great descriptions, likeable characters.
Happy to recommend it. If you like private detective novels you'll love this one.
This book was a great combination of an Agatha Christie and Sherlock Holmes. It is written imitating in the older styles and this author does a wonderful job of bringing the mystery story to life.
Christie McKinnon is a very bright young lady and I love that she was taking notes and thinking on her feet. The entire cast was brilliant. The writing is really nicely done.
The clues were there, the secret rooms and the missing people and animals were also in abundance.
Colin Garrow really has a knack for the who done it, and the amateur sleuth that is brighter than the sun. I love that Christie has a secret and she doesn't want anyone to know it. That just adds to the fun.
Brilliantly entertaining, fast paced and full of well drawn characters.
Christie McKinnon is a writer, a good one with a talent for sleuthing. She refuses to let the fact that she is a young girl living in Victorian Scotland stop her from achieving her aims.
With her young friend Donal and the help of the famous detective Hugo Skene she sets out to solve the Mystery of Hellerby Hall. What follows is an exciting tale of skullduggery, murder and secrets set in a manor in rural Scotland.
Colin Barrow knows how to write suspense and I look forward to the rest of the Christie McKinnon Adventures
A fast paced mystery with a group of young sleuths written in a Sherlock Holmes type style.
A group of young friends become involved in the mysterious deaths of staff members at Hellerby Hall. I loved the central character, Christie who is a lively and intelligent tomboy determined to unravel the mystery. An intricate and very clever plot with suitably creepy villains being out-witted by a group of children is sure to appeal to younger readers. As an adult I was impressed with the style of writing and great attention to both the historical details and the plot development. I'll definitely be reading more of this author.
The main character, Christie, is very close to my heart. It is fun to read how she manages adults and about her caring touch for her rough, not so bright, friend Donal.
The setting of the story is very well portrayed by Garrow, with matching dialects of the persons involved. It really makes the characters come alive, although it may be tricky if you've never heard the accents. The plot is well planned and you need to keep your wits about to follow. The whole story is very entertaining from beginning to end, with lively characters being added to the murder mystery mayhem along the way.
A good read for teenagers and up. I will certainly be looking out for more adventures of Christie McKinnon.