Synopsis: Lily and Tom travel the county with Ma Hawker, enthralling crowds with their amazing collection of curios. Always on the lookout for new wonders, Lily is tricked into buying a worthless bag of rubbish. But hidden within is a special piece of scrimshaw. A young woman called Flora Meriweather is desperate to buy the scrimshaw, hoping it can help her solve a mystery surrounding her late mother. But someone else also wants to get his hands on the scrimshaw and ensure that secrets stay hidden in the past. Can the Curio Collectors help the truth come to light?
Release Date: 2nd March 2023
Genres: Middle Grade, Historical, Mystery, Adventure, Friendship, Collecting, Traveling
Thank you so much to Barrington Stoke and Netgalley for the ebook to read and review.
Review: Lil, Tom and Ma Hawker are travellers always off on an adventure, finding curios and selling them to anyone that will buy. When stopped in London a young maid wants a shell that they have and it unlocks a bigger mystery that they thought.
This was such a great book, I loved the characters and their life style it was so fascinating. They had to search for wondrous things, or things they could sell as wondrous to those with money. They traveled everywhere and saw so much, it was so interesting.
I loved that even though a deal goes badly it becomes a big success and they soon find a big mystery and a new friend on the stop on their travels. I really loved meeting Flora, I loved that she was so fascinated with the shells and finding out why was so fun and going with them on the mystery adventure.
This was a really unique and fun read, I loved going to a different era and seeing what these children’s lives were like, I really loved following them on their adventure and solving the mystery.