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This is fifth and last book of the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency series. As title suggests and also from blurb, you can figure out that book revolves around mystery of art theft, stolen master pieces by famous Impressionist painters. In this book Kitty meets her friend Charlie who you might recognize from the first book of the series that took place in Yukon. Along with Charlie, Kitty explores streets of Rome, makes new friend who again in this book hires Kitty to solve mystery of some masterpieces that unexpectedly were found in this new friend’s house. One clue to another take her to Vienna, Nuremberg, Dachau, and Salzburg. Explore all this places with delicious food and loads of brain work in decoding cryptic codes given in creepy voices and chase the culprit all most of the Europe with Kitty Hawk in this book.
It’s so good to see Charlie back in this book. I was feeling just like Kitty, it was like meeting an old friend. I so missed his brothers too. If they were in this book it might have turned out unbelievably, extraordinarily, mind-bogglingly wonderful plot. (ok I steal these first 3 words from the book. It’s hard not to talk and act like you’re part of the book when you’re are at the end of the series) Charlie brought back the charm in the book. His story about his first impression and experience in Roam was hilarious. He was more acting in this book than talking, totally opposite of his role in first book. His explain-all-things and telling a story role was taken by Richard here whom Kitty met in previous book of the series. I was really surprised to see him back in this series too. I love this guy at the end. In fact all secondary characters were great. Played their part well, especially Matteo.
Kitty was as usual charming engaging narrator who did most of the smart work in the book. She was good amateur detective cleverly and maturely handling the case in the series that can mark impression in readers mind and heart.
What I liked-
I liked the beginning of the book which was different from previous book as author had directly started it with Kitty in Roam meeting Charlie rather than telling about her journey from Ireland to Roam. Her experience in Amsterdam on the way was narrated later in the story along with arts info. All characters felt so realistic in the real places with real information and facts.
Plot was good and mystery was remarkable and author did it again, abundance of information. I loved the way whole plot was woven with the history of places, the famous places and food, and don’t even ask me about arts and music. I feel like I don’t know nothing. I learned lot about it along with famous artist and composures. I so loved Salzburg and picturesque description of that place. Most thought-provoking moment for both Kitty and readers of the book was their visit to Nuremberg and Dachau.
Author has apologized many time in book about mathematical explanation of decoding but I would like to say that it was so nice and easily described also so so important part of the mystery. If person like me who don’t like much math can enjoy reading those chapters then I’m sure anyone would love to read it.
Till the climax I couldn’t guess what was the main reason behind those radio transmissions for at Matteo’s apartment, how paintings ended up there, who stole those arts and why there was awful cigarette smelling guy on every trail Kitty was going. Author kept me reading the book by placing one clue after another until the conclusion and big revelation in climax with great explanation and info.
End and Epilogue was good but I felt there can be more to the story (i explained below). The extra good- to-know info was great with little extra details and telling what was fact in the story or not.
It’s really sad that good series ends but it will stay in my e-shelf and I would love to go back exploring world with Kitty again.
why 4.5 stars-
In this book I felt end is taking too long to come. With each chapter from the climax I felt this will be the last but as I read the next chapter I felt it’s good it didn't end and read the next one with same feeling till it actually ended. Another minor thing, I wanted expected seeing Kitty going back home in Tofino and there to end book with her parents. As I was not seeing that considering this as last book of the series, should I think there will be another book in the series? Well, that only author can tell and if it is so, I would so love to read it.
Overall, it was awesome adventurous mystery with loads of things to know and learn that readers of all age would love to read.
As Charlie and Kitty are getting to know their new Italian friends, Kitty is admiring the paintings in their home. After having just visited the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam, she has a "feeling" that these paintings may be authentic. No way. Yes way. Not only are the paintings authentic but the "plot thickens" as Matteo's house is broken into and they discover that their father's home has a secret room housing a radio and transmitter which is still transmitting code.
As with all Iain Readings books, we explore history, literature, art, music and this time cryptography. It was fascinating to learn how codes are written and deciphered. We were also taken on a tour of Dachau and learn some interesting details about Nazi Germany.
I just visited the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam recently and could relate to everything they were talking about in the book. As with the first four books, this book is divided into 54 short chapters which makes reading this book such a breeze (mind you, you probably won't want to put it down - it's way too exciting!)
Another super interesting Kitty Hawk mystery that will keep up well past your bedtime! I'm sad that there isn't another book in the series. I'm sooo hooked!
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
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: I received this book free of charge from the author.
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