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The Mystery of the Midnight Peacock

(The Sinclair’s Mysteries #4)

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  867 ratings  ·  98 reviews
You are cordially invited to Sinclair's Midnight Peacock Ball! The festive season has come to Sinclair's and Sophie and Lil are spending the holidays at snowy Winter Hall. But it turns out that this is no ordinary house party ...As sinister secrets come to light, our intrepid heroines find themselves faced with a more baffling mystery than ever before! With the help of the ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 5th 2017 by Egmont
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Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, middle-grade
My favourite book of the series so far and such a great finale! Loved the return of Leo from the third book and how the gang solved the overarching mystery - only with this book do you realise how many cool threads were woven throughout the whole series to deliver this much closure.

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!
This was a perfect ending to a fun series. I feel like I say it in every single one of these reviews, but the atmosphere the author manages to create in these books is just wonderful. I keep reading for that more than the mystery or the characters, though they also keep me invested.

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
Robin Stevens
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A glorious, adventurous and utterly thrilling festive conclusion to the Sinclair's Mysteries series, this is a wonderful story that's left me eager for more mysteries for detectives Sophie and Lil! 8+

*Please note: this review is meant as a recommendation only. Please do not use it in any marketing material, online or in print, without asking permission from me first. Thank you!*
Izzy Smith
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
AMAZING! A great end to the series! (Although I'm kinda sad it's over... But at least there's Taylor and Rose to read!) ...more
Jannah Cloud Child
Another fun romp and I think ending? to the Sinclair Store series. The details of the glamorous store and the world in London of 1900-1910 were a delight to read of and the chase to solve this next mystery was again a fun adventure.

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
Claire Huston
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
A delightful final installment to The Sinclair's Mysteries.

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.
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It is a great book and a great series as well! It surprised me and I never wanted to put it down and when I started it I wanted to read the book in a whole day. Sadly when I finished it I never wanted it too end☹️
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Such a brill end to the series! Definitely recommend this series, it's one of my favourites. ...more
Ruth Ellis
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have attached really enjoyed this series
Aug 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3stars, middle-grade
I have spent the past few months reading this children's mystery series set in Edwardian England.

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
You are cordially invited to Sinclair's Midnight Peacock Ball!

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
Maddy Smith
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very nice. A good ending to the Sinclair’s Mysteries. This one reminded me most of the first one. I enjoyed it.
Laura Noakes
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a fourth book in a mystery series, set at department store in Edwardian England. I have read and loved each of its predecessors, so when I saw Midnight Peacock go up on NetGalley, I requested it immediately. 
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
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
An excellent finish to the sinclairs mysteries series. A little twee in places, especially in back linking all the people who’d met in other ways, but honestly I think this series lends itself to a little tweeness in a good way :) Sophie and Lil continue to be excellent and awesome in basically every way. I was sad to see less of Joe and Billy but it was good to see more of the Lims, and Leo. And I loved Tilly :)
There are still a few unanswered questions but I’m pleased to see that there will be
Nov 22, 2017 rated it liked it
I started this book yesterday and finished it today. I am really addicted to the series and find the mysteries fun and light. I liked the idea of this story and the backdrop of Victorian England, but have found these books to get progressively worse. The characters cease to develop and there is far too much emphasis on the character's late father. I would only recommend it if you need a book to read after finishing a sad/heavy novel. ...more
Nobi Nobes
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the best of the series! I thought it was very thrilling and amazing! A great series! The best book I have read this year! 👍🏻😀
Joy Jenkins
Jan 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
I would say this whole series is a step above the Enola Holmes mysteries.
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
From the very first book, I fell in love with the Sinclair’s mysteries. Now The Midnight Peacock brings the series to an epic conclusion, leaving just enough intrigue to insure I’ll be picking up Katherine Woodfine’s spinoff, “The Taylor and Rose Secret Agents.”

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.
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
For a moment, Sophie thought resentfully of what he had said in the letter about giving her an 'ordinary childhood'. 'I'd swap that for a lesson on firearms right now,' she murmured.

Look at it. Just look at it! I'll admit, purple is my favourite colour, and The Sinclair's Mysteries one of my favourite series, so I'm definitely biased, but how gorgeous has Karl James Mountford made the cover?! All the colours, the drawings, what the people are doing... And then there are all the silver detail
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
'I never know where you girls are going to turn up next'

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
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I have absolutely adored this four-book series from Katherine Woodfine. Sophie and Lil and their capable band of associates are all great, well-developed characters and I loved the way they kept popping up throughout the various adventures. The descriptions of Edwardian London and a country house - the food, the clothes, the luxuries - are all rich and vivid in detail. The story is incredibly exciting and I was absolutely racing through the last few chapters to find out what happened at the end. ...more
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
A smashing end to this series, although I admit I'll be sad to say goodbye to Sophie et al. (Although the last page suggests there will be more adventures forthcoming, so maybe this isn't The End. I certainly feel that there are still Unanswered Questions.) These books provide delicious escapism into Edwardian London, and this one was especially fun to read at this time of year, being set around Christmas and New Year. I also enjoyed the camaraderie of all the characters from the previous books ...more
Cheryl Garrigan
This thrilling conclusion to The Sinclair’s Mysteries series finds Sophie and Lil helping with the preparations for Mr. Sinclair’s New Year’s Eve Midnight Peacock Ball. Little do they realize that Sophie’s nemesis, the Baron, has planned his own New Year Eve party, which includes a royal assassination and explosions in Piccadilly Circus. Friends come together to thwart the Baron, and Sophie finally discovers answers to her family’s fate. Readers, who love the series will look forward to the new ...more
Swati Daftuar
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Not surprised, because Katherine Woodfine delivers like the best kind of clockwork. Not surprised, but excited.
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Alisha Tarran
Apr 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I don't usually read anything younger than YA, but this is genuinely one of my favourite series and before I started reading this...and you know, while I was reading it, I was so sad that this was the last book! It's all over GoodReads and the back cover that this is the final book, the conclusion. And I was totally devastated because I was hoping the series would go longer!

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
"I never know where you girls are going to turn up next."

The Mystery of the Midnight Peacock is the final novel in the series where Lil and Sophie solves mysteries. And Christmas brings new mysteries for our heroines to solve. We have ghosts in an old manor, old deaths that might be so innocent as once thought, weird going-ons in empty office spaces, and of course the elusive Baron who is still at large. Lil and Sophie has their work ahead of them if they have to save King and Country - perhaps
Jan 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
I gotta say, in comparison to the rest of the series, I wasn't super in love with this book.

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
Harj D
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First of all, I am so sad to see this series end.
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
Becky Pirkle
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this final installment of the Sinclair’s Mysteries, readers are delighted to not one—but three—mysteries: Billy & Joe investigate the mysterious Lindwurm Enterprises, Sophie and Lil try to unravel the complicated history surrounding Sophie’s parents, and Leo and her childhood friend Tilly work to discover the secret behind ghostly apparitions that keep appearing in the abandoned wing of Winter Hall. Possibly my favorite tale of the series, readers will enjoy non-stop action and suspense, as w ...more
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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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