The Mystery of the Midnight Peacock
This is such a fantastic middle grade series. I'm a sucker for books set in this time period and can't wait to see what Sophie and Lil (the Nancy Drews of 1910) get up to next!
I like how this book wrapped things up just enough. I am really curious to see what the follow-up series is like. I'm excited to see more of Sophie and Lil, but do have the feeling the background characters I've come ...more
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This time Sophie and her friends are preparing for Christmas and the Midnight Peacock ball and presentation where even the King himself might be invited! Their run of mysteries in the Ladies Detective Agency has quieted for the holidays and Sophie is a little sad, rem ...more
I'm glad Woodfine has brought this story arc to an end (it had run its course and going further with it would have been dragging it out) and look forward to more from Taylor and Rose in the future!
Fans of the series will be very happy.
The Sinclair's Mysteries are written for children but I felt more suspense reading Woodfine's cases than I have reading adult thrillers. I loved the setting and Woodfine's ability of writing characters in that particular time. I am glad that there is more to come from Taylor and Rose. Although the stories can be a little cliche I still enjoy them.
This particular story was Sherlock Holmes meets Downto ...more
I was pretty sad when I learned this was the final book in the Sinclair's mysteries series. I don't want this one to end. I have grown quite attached to Lil, Sophie, and their friends.
This time the book takes place from a bit before Christmas to the start of the new year (hip hip hooray 1910). We see Sinclair's go in full festivities mode with Christmas decorations, but also a ball for New Years. Yep. Sinclair is at it again to make ...more
The Mystery of the Midnight Peacock is a tightly plotted mystery that is utterly charming, twisty-turny in the best way & gloriously Christmas-y! I could not put this book down. I also adored the Christmas setting--there's something so utterly cosy about a mystery book set during the ...more
There are still a few unanswered questions but I’m pleased to see that there will be ...more
As the year 1910 comes to a close, this fourth book sees Sophie and Lil set up their own detective agency within Sinclair’s. Yet suspicions of a ghostly haunting take them out of the department store, to their friends fancy country manor. ...more
What a beautiful, exciting, glamourous, daring end to a beautiful, exciting, glamourous, daring series!
I'll admit, I only picked this series up as a bit of light reading for the Christmas period. Let's face it; when you're on a break from university, snuggled up under a blanket, eating Quality Street (or Roses, or Celebrations, or whatever you prefer) the last thing you want is to be slogging through 'Ulysses' or 'War and Peace' or somethin ...more
But upon completing the book, I discovered a ray of hope! A little page at the back of the book that let's us all know tha ...more
The main thing: I just wasn't incredibly drawn into Winter Hall as a setting and, unfortunately, where a large majority of the book takes place. It didn't have that same extravagance and charm that Sinclair's does, and it was one of those scenarios where you have this well-to-do aristocrat family who have their own mansion, with butlers and maids bustling around, and mealtimes where the family just sit at ...more
Second of all, I am really happy to know that Sophie and Lil's adventures will continue.
Thirdly; was this final instalment a wonderful adventure, if I do say so myself!
Being familiar with all the characters now, it was interesting to see the development of their own personal resolves and how they began to become more defined as individuals. The brave and courageous strength Sophie has possessed since the beginning developed much more as she contin ...more
Things to know:
-While this is technically a “children’s” book it works well for preteens & teens alike.
-Features both female & male main characters.
-Well written mystery series – appropriate for younger readers but fun for adults too.
-Think Nancy Drew but with four main “detectives,” mysteries with more complexities & richer, fuller characters.
-Full of adventure and has some fierce, resourceful & independent females.
-Takes place in the early 1900s – lots of historical aspects of the time
Until 2015 she worked for reading charity Book Trust on projects including the Children’s Laureate and YALC. She now combines writin ...more