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The Mystery of the Jewelled Moth

(The Sinclair’s Mysteries #2)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  1,049 ratings  ·  101 reviews
The honour of your company is requested at lord beaucastle's fancy dress ball. Wonder at the puzzling disappearance of the Jewelled Moth! Marvel as our heroines, Sophie and Lil, don cunning disguises, mingle in high society and munch many cucumber sandwiches to solve this curious case! Applaud their bravery as they follow a trail of terrible secrets that leads straight to ...more
Paperback, 340 pages
Published February 25th 2016 by Egmont UK Ltd
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Stacey (prettybooks)
This is a review of both The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow and The Mystery of the Jewelled Moth, but does not contain spoilers about either.

I'm a big fan of middle grade mysteries, so The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow was pretty high on my TBR. I've always enjoyed ornate department stores. I love taking my time, carefully discovering the delights each floor has to offer (I must admit, the food hall is a firm favourite). Sinclair's, a luxury department store in London's Piccadilly, is the p
Robin Stevens
Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Exciting, mysterious, glamorous and totally delicious, this second book in the series is even better than the first. It reminded me hugely of Philip Pullman's Sally Lockheart books (my absolute favourites) - safe to say I loved it!
Ruby Granger
I read the first book in this series ('The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow') last year and really loved the quintessential nature of Woodfine's Victorian London. I am largely interested in this period and so the references to everyday occurrences, items and expressions was deeply comforting and warming. I also enjoyed the frequent snippets from the Guide for Debuntes!

Aside from this, the mystery itself is interesting and, whilst I did not feel the same LEVEL of suspense as I did in the first bo
Katerina Kondrenko
4 out of 10

Ugh. Gave the series a second chance and it didn't work. I guess it's the writing. I also not a fan of the setting (all these virtues, manners and such).
Izzy Smith
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
Oh wow. I really really really really really really really (two thousand more reallys) LOVED IT!!! 😁

(Spoilers!) 😐

Ok... I kinda got lost near the end with the Beaucastle not actually being the man he said he was, and the Baron and everything. It was pretty confusing! 🤔
I thought the story line was good with Mei and her family having a connection with the jeweled moth and Lord Beaucastle (aka the baron) and yeah... 😉
Ok some parts were kinda weird but they made sense near the end.
I thought the whol
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars
Sophie The Small
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4stars, middle-grade
I fell in love with Sinclair's apartment store and the Victorian London setting within a few pages of the previous novel in the series. The Jewelled Moth introduced us to Limehouse and it's residents who I hope to see return in the other Sinclair Mysteries.

The Jewelled Moth overall, is an exciting sequel full of history, storytelling, cucumber sandwiches and extravagant gowns. There was somewhat a lack of character development but there are more mysteries to discover for that. Just when I was s
Alisha Tarran
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it

So, I dived straight in to this after the first one, and if it's even's even better! We get to see a different side to London and there's new characters for us to get to know and enjoy!

We still get the paper clippings, among other things, to break up the narrative, and each part now has an extract from the Etiquette for Debutantes book, which was oddly fascinating. To see how they where expected to act, and all the rules and things that we find strange and kind of insulting in thi
This book was charming, much like the first one. The author really manages to capture a certain atmosphere, and I liked the things that were added in this book. The new characters fit in pretty well, and I can only hope they will make reappearances in later books. But I also noticed now how the story is really mainly focusing on Sophie and Lil, and I do like that as well. I enjoyed their relationship as much as I did in the first one, they really compliment each other well.

These books are defin
This is a mystery book. It is the 2nd one in the series of I think 3 books. I really liked it as the tension was carried throughout the book which made you want to keep reading and not put it down. The book was very exiting and at some points quite scary as you didn’t know what was going to happen next. The ending was lovely up in till the end as it leads you onto the next book and it leaves you on a cliff hanger only to know if you read the next book. I would recommend this book to anyone who l ...more
Jannah (Cloud Child)
Another deliciously fun romp, this time the crew are mixed up with a mysterious jewelled moth from an ancient Chinese tale. And the Baron is back.

Again worth the read, but because of its middle grade audience there is more excitement, less character depth though not to say the characters aren't good, I just wanted a little more. A very easy read.
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A definite 5 star ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
It was a really good book and I never wanted it to end! I'm exited to read the next one on the series!
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Once again, a jolly good romp which I thoroughly enjoyed reading to my 12 year old. So many colourful characters and exciting plot twists - I had a lot of fun with Lil, Rose and their friends and I look forward to the next instalment!!
Sophie and Lil are back! This time they have to solve a mystery about a Jewelled Moth!

My first thought to the title was: Who would want a brooch shaped like a Moth? :) I can't imagine that looking too good (and if I have to believe the descriptions, it didn't look that good indeed).

I was excited that Sophie and Lil would get another book, and I hoped that we would find out more about Sophie's parents (since there is still so much mystery about her parents). I was also wondering if The Baron wou
Claire Huston
Feb 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another fun, glittering mystery. 4/5.

This review was originally posted on my book blog (with photos to show you just how beautiful this book is!).

I reviewed the first book in this series, The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow, last year. I bought it because the beautiful blue and yellow cover with gold embossing called to me. And then, once it was in my clutches, the blurb made it sound like a fun mash up of Nancy Drew and Mr Selfridge. And it turned out to be just that. I enjoyed it a great dea
Harj D
I was highly anticipating reading the second installment of Sophie, Lil, Billy and Joe's adventures and 'The Mystery of the Jewelled Moth' certainly did not disappoint.

Having returned to our crime fighting, adventure seeking team of Sinclair's department store workers, 'The Mystery of the Jewelled Moth' begins with the introduction of Mei Lim, a young girl whose family owns a store in London's original China Town in Limehouse, East London. Being harassed by The Baron and The Baron's Boys, China
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I get so much joy from this series' embracing of the fact that it's a penny dreadful mystery. Codes! Mysterious double identities! Secret cursed gems! Butlers with dark secrets! They just choose to tell the story from the point of VIEW of the trapped heiresses, plucky shopgirls, and asian families with secrets. So on the one hand it still doesn't fully rise above the trappings of the genre in the same way of like, the Wells and Wong series (which is so interrogative of the form it's working with ...more
Rachel Louise Atkin
Mar 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
This is a fantastic series, really! And I loved this better than the first.
Kyra (Blog of a Bookaholic)
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Oh, how I loved this delectable little mystery. I read The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow a few back and was enamoured by the brave protagonists, the rich atmosphere of 18th century London, and the daring mystery that Sophie, Lil, Bill, and Joe set out to solve. A fabulous introduction to this charming quartet, I was more than eager to read the follow-up. The author took all the wonderful elements of the first book and made them bigger, better, and bolder. I, quite frankly, gobbled this up.

Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-book
Wow! Who knew that a Middle Grade novel set in the Edwardian era could be so fascinating. In book 2, the same characters get fleshed out and new characters get introduced. The small circle of friends is expanding! At first, I wasn't sure what to make of that, since the book started with a completely new character. I thought the original characters had been ditched! Not so.

Instead, Sophie and Lil (and Billy and Joe) are involved in an even more daring escapade. And the adult reader in me is delig
Mar 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Look, this entire series is blurbed as if it's two LADIES gallivanting around London, solving mysteries, #girlpower.

But it's not.

And see, usually, I wouldn't have a problem with that.

Except for when you're marketing it as a #girlpower #girldetectives series, it should be that! In the first book as well as in this one, there are two more MALE characters who definitely help in major ways to solve mysteries. So while the mysteries are well-written, this marketing ploy cheesed me off completely.
Becky Pirkle
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sophie, Lil, and the rest of the gang are back in this second edition of The Sinclair’s Mysteries Series. I definitely enjoyed this book much more than the first of the series. Woodfine does an excellent job of hooking the reader’s interest with the story of Mei Lim and her family’s missing Moonbeam diamond, supposedly enchanted with a dreadful curse that will bring trouble on any who may steal it. Furthermore, Woodfine does a magnificent job of creating suspense by alternating between Mei’s sto ...more
Dec 03, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Despite the dark themes (murder! protection rackets! the upper class marriage market!) this book is undeniably jolly. You have to suspend disbelief in quite a few places -- like when the murderer writes the name of his victim in his appointments book before setting off to kill her, and thinks he's being quite clever because he disguises her name as an anagram. And it all seemed rather convenient that Lil could just breeze into a house pretending to be a debutante, even though she didn ...more
Jun 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Great book filled with suspense and intrigue. These books are amazing for avid mystery readers who want a kid-friendly, delightful mystery series to enjoy! With these books, I have noticed that Kathrine Woodfine tends to save the climax of the story to the end. The whole book is a journey leading you up to the missing pieces of the puzzle being clicked into place with one big revealing action scene at the end. When I reviewed the first book, it seemed as if the plot couldn't seem to get rolling. ...more
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm loving this series so far. Even though it's pretty predictable in some respects, it's refreshing and original in others. I just absolutely love and can't get over Sinclair's Department store. It's described so wonderously and excitingly. And it's such a brilliant backdrop for the mysteries.

This is the last of six books that I managed to read during the week-long "Bookathon" I held for my nephew. It was a great conclusion. Definitely ended it on a high note.
Keen to read the rest of this seri
Ania Hollinshead
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-read
Another pleasing read by Katherine Woodfine. Whilst this book was not intellectually challenging, it's Victorian charm made it comforting and homely. I enjoyed the quirks of Victorian life, as well as the different personalities and inclusion of China Town. However, we were left on a cliffhanger, which unless there is another book coming out, is quite annoyingly left unanswered. Nevertheless, I recommend it if you are looking for an easy and nostalgic book, and would be suitable for anyone of th ...more
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
Recommended by my 11 year old nephew, it is even better than the first book...

14-16 year olds are caught up in an adventure... the central characters are shop girls and porters but their search for answers takes them first into high society and then into the poor neighbourhood of Chinatown... and they all join hands to uncover the secret of a criminal mastermind...

Disguises, codes, undercover roles, contrasting characters - all add up to build an engaging second adventure...
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
To start with I just love the cover! You can see all the little details of the department store that corresponds to the story. The book is well written and the independence of Lil and Sophie as they go undercover and solve the mystery with Billy and Joe shines through. They must battle against the Baron once again as they travel to Chinatown in the heart of the East end. They uncover murder, theft and many mysteries that go way back into the character’s past. This tale of daring deeds where dang ...more
Phil Schuler
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A YA book for all ages. I love the characters and the stories - I never wrote a review for the first book which was just as brilliant. Woodfine does a great job not only as a mystery but also as a period piece - 1908 in Clockwork and 1909 in this and the next book. I just watched a video where she discussed her influences and of course Conan Doyle is in there, the Baron is her Moriarty. A great read all around.
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Katherine Woodfine is the author of the bestselling SINCLAIR'S MYSTERIES series, beginning with THE CLOCKWORK SPARROW which was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, longlisted for the Branford Boase Award, and nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal.

Until 2015 she worked for reading charity Book Trust on projects including the Children’s Laureate and YALC. She now combines writin

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