Synopsis: A thrilling middle-grade mystery series set in 18th-century London, with all the fun and zest of Hamilton, and inspired by real Black British historical figures.

Twelve-year-olds Lizzie Sancho and Dido Belle are from different worlds—Lizzie lives in Westminster in her dad’s tea shop, while Belle is an heiress being brought up by her aunt and uncle at grand Kenwood House—but they both share a love of solving mysteries. And when their eyes meet in the audience of the Drury Lane theatre one night, both girls are sure they’ve seen something suspicious on stage.

Lizzie and Belle soon find themselves on the trail of a mystery—and becoming best friends. But can they work out what’s going on in time to prevent a murder?

Release Date: 9th June 2022

Genres: Middle Grade, Mystery, Crime, Friendship, Historical, Thriller, Teen, Family, Black History, Theatre, True Story, Adventure.

Pages: 368

Thank you so much to Farshore and Netgalley for the ebook to read and review.

Review: Lizzie’s dad is to be the first African to lead Othello but a shadowy figure is spotted by only two girls as the chandelier falls down attempting to crush Lizzie’s father. Together the girls Lizzie and Belle want to figure out who he was, why he did what he did and ensure it is safe for her dad to resume his role. Their investigation takes them down a darker path than they expected.

What an amazing historical mystery, it is so thrilling and really entertaining. I’m learning so much but also finding it such an unusual and fascinating mystery. It keeps unravelling but no answers are solved throughout most of the story, it takes a long time to be able to start piecing it together and solving it all. I was unable to piece it all together myself for most of it, you’d think one thing and then another thing is brought to light.

The characters are all really interesting, I love the contrast of lives between Belle and Lizzie, it makes them work in such an interesting way. Belle being brought up by an incredibly rich family who gets everyone’s attention, but is incredibly lonely. Then we have Lizzie a girl from a bigger family that are deep into education and helping one an other, she’s a girl with an Inquisitive mind and doesn’t rest until she gets her answers.

It’s a really interesting mystery and I loved the way it was written, I loved the adventure it took Lizzie on, though at times I was scared for her. It wasn’t a safe world and she did a lot of things without considering the consequences or dangers to it all. This story had my heart racing and it got quite scary and tense, I didn’t see any of it coming and it was scary. These girls were powerful though an incredibly brave, they solved everything even after knowing all the dangers that lurked around them.

It’s a mystery you quickly and easily get sunk into it but aren’t really able to solve everything quickly. I really enjoyed the friendship within the story too, they formed such a strong connection and they learnt to trust each other more and more as time went on. You’ll go through so many emotions reading it but it was thrilling and enjoyable and such a fun story to unfold. I’m looking forward to the second one in the series.


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