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Kitty Hawk and the Tragedy of the RMS Titanic (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series Book 4) Kindle Edition
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Reading a Kitty Hawk book has quickly become one of my favourite pastimes. "And then there was silence. A silence so complete that not a single one of us dared to breathe. For a moment, I was a lost soul again, set adrift in the universe, and floating on the memory of the adventures that had led me to this place so many months before."
In this book Kitty is continuing her round-the-world flight, following in the footsteps of her heroine Amelia Earhart. Kitty is in Ireland on a publicity gig, when she is approached by a tall, dark, handsome young man who wants to hire her to solve a mystery involving his family and the ill-fated Titanic. The clues include an old newspaper clipping, a crossword puzzle and a postcard with strange markings. Kitty is off to London to the British Museum to learn about hieroglyphics, and includes a trip to Abbey Lane of the Beatles fame, as well as taking a tour of Jack the Ripper's domain.
Kitty continues to be an independent, smart young woman, but I was somewhat disappointed in her this time around. Stealing, Kitty? Really? And, I think the author didn’t need to go into details about Jack the Ripper's escapades. This is, after all, a Y/A novel – too much unnecessary, gory information.
The 100-year-old story of the Titanic never seems to lose its appeal. As usual, the author has deftly created an intriguing mystery surrounding it and 2 real-life people who were on that voyage so long ago. Mr Reading's books are always educational. I loved the slew of information about the Titanic. For example, I didn't know that it was a royal mail ship, hence the letters R.M.S. attached to the name. I'm impressed with Mr. Reading's erudition regarding the Titanic, the Rosetta stone and hieroglyphics. He is able to convey this to the reader in a simple, understandable way.
The novel is a page-turner. The chapters are short and there is a lovely section "Some Further Reading (if you're interested)" - the author's words - following the 2 epilogues!
History buffs will enjoy the references to the Beatles, Sherlock Holmes, Marconi, Jack the Ripper, and much more. People of all ages will like the hidden treasure incorporated in the mystery.
Congratulations, once again, Mr Reading!
Andrew's family had received a newspaper clipping and postcard back in 1937 from an anonymous sender. However they suspect the sender was J. Bruce Ismay. There are symbols on the back of the postcard. What do they mean? Are there any other clues to solve this mystery. Andrew's family have been trying for nearly 80 years with no success. What have they missed on the postcard? Can Andrew and Kitty together solve the puzzle?
This story takes us on a whirlwind tour of London, with Kitty seeing Abbey Road (Beetles) and learning about hieroglyphics at the British Museum, etc. Then later we head over to Ireland to Newgrange on the River Boyne.
Danger abounds and Andrew and Kitty do break the law at times. Parts of this story are fast paced, others are a little slow but somewhat interesting. Having an 11 year old son who is also very knowledgeable on the Titanic I thought this story would be fun to read aloud to the family. I am SO glad I did not just hand it to him! There are parts in this book that are definitely NOT suitable for younger children. At one point, when waiting for Andrew, Kitty goes on a Jack the Ripper tour. There are nearly three chapters detailing the murders by Jack the Ripper (prostitutes, how they were murdered etc.). I just skimmed over this section, not reading it aloud! Andrew later, needing a disguise, dresses up as a prostitute.
There is some swearing in this book too - "Oh my god" is a favorite of the author's along with "bloody" etc. The book would have read much better without this!
Saying all that, I thought the book was very cleverly written. I love the way the author entwined actual history with fiction. It made for an interesting read just not family oriented.
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