The Case of the Girl in Grey (The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency, Book 2)
by Jordan Stratford Published by Random House Children's Books
on January 26th 2016 Genres: Europe
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This history-mystery series continues with another fine display of brains and bravery from the Wollstonecraft Girls—Ada Bryon Lovelace and Mary Shelley. Inspired fun for middle grade readers and fans of The Mysterious Benedict Society and Lemony Snicket! The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency was supposed to be a secret constabulary, but after the success of their first case, all of London knows that Lady Ada and Mary are the girls to go to if you have a problem. Their new case is a puzzle indeed. It involves a horrible hospital, a missing will, a hasty engagement, and a suspiciously slippery servant. But Mary’s stumbled onto a mystery of her own. She spotted a ghostly girl in a grey gown dashing through the park. A girl who is the spitting image of their new client. The two cases must be linked . . . or else there’s a perfectly supernatural explanation.
The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency is on their next big case. This time, they are investigating a mysterious engagement, possibly a ghost, and a missing will. However, solving mysteries is a hard feat with both Lady Ada and Mary juggling sisters and society. They will use their brains, wit, and sneaky skills to get to the bottom of this one.
THE CASE OF THE GIRL IN GREY is a delightful middle grade mystery with gorgeous illustrations. Even if you haven’t read the first Wollstonecraft Detective Agency mystery, the first chapters have plenty of background information to get readers up to speed. When the new case is first introduced, it seems like a simple question of an engagement possibly gone wrong, but the mystery deepens beautifully as it starts to tie into a certain ghost sighting. Young readers will gasp at some of the twists and turns this story takes.
Alongside the strong mystery, the story also focuses on sisters. Ada is still getting used to her half-sister being around, and Mary’s sister is ready to join the agency, even though she wasn’t invited. Both Ada and Mary eventually see that having a sister is far better than being without them, and sometimes their sisters know just what to do to help.
Anyone who loves the rich history of Mary Godwin, Percy Shelley, Lord Byron, and the like will find complete fun in this series that reimagines just enough to make for one exciting adventure. The illustrations add a beautiful visual to the story, and the short chapters make this a quick read for reluctant readers.
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