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Adventures on Trains #1

The Highland Falcon Thief

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Harrison Beck is reluctantly joining his travel-writer Uncle Nat for the last journey of the royal train, The Highland Falcon. But as the train makes its way to Scotland, a priceless brooch goes missing, and things suddenly get a lot more interesting. As suspicions and accusations run high among the passengers, Harrison begins to investigate and uncovers a few surprises along the way. Can he solve the mystery of the jewel thief and catch the culprit before they reach the end of the line?

272 pages, Paperback

First published July 28, 2020

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M.G. Leonard

66 books227 followers
M. G. Leonard is a writer of books, poems and screenplays. She has a first-class honours degree in English literature and an MA in Shakespeare Studies from Kings College London. She works as a freelance Digital Media Producer for clients such as the National Theatre, and Harry Potter West End, and previously worked as a Senior Digital Producer at the National Theatre, the Royal Opera House and Shakespeare’s Globe. She spent her early career in the music industry running Setanta Records, an independent record label, and managing bands, most notably The Divine Comedy. After leaving the music industry, she trained as an actor, dabbling in directing and producing as well as performing, before deciding to write her stories down. Maya lives in Brighton with her husband and two sons.
You can visit her online at www.mgleonard.com. Follow her on Twitter @MGLnrd.

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Profile Image for Gavin Hetherington.
673 reviews5,465 followers
January 30, 2021
Check out my spoiler-free interview with authors M. G. Leonard and Sam Sedgman: https://youtu.be/UM60KFWBqfo

I did not see that coming!

The Highland Falcon Thief is the first book in a brand new series - Adventures on Trains. I do like trains, and I like mysteries, and I like mysteries set on trains, so already I knew I was going to have fun with this one. And reader, I had so much fun!

We follow Hal who joins his uncle on the last journey the Highland Falcon is ever going to make. Not only that, but he is the only child allowed on board due to the journey also being part of the royal tour. Jewellery begins to go missing and Hal is the prime suspect due to him being the only child on board - but Hal swears he has seen a young girl on the train! Thus begins an adventure and a rather exciting mystery.

M. G. Leonard and Sam Sedgman wrote this novel together, and they write so seamlessly I can't tell who wrote what! They're literally writing partners (in crime) made for one another. I loved the way they wove the characters into the mystery. It's a tricky thing to surprise me when it comes to mysteries - but wow, this was such a clever mystery that I could not predict for one second. I had theories - but I'm so glad I was wrong by the end, and it all made sense! How could I not see it before? Gah, I'm kicking myself now. But it was actually well thought-out and unpredictable and it really did keep me on the edge of my (train) seat. Okay, I'll stop with the bracket puns.

I'm looking forward to more books in the Adventures on Trains series and seeing what Leonard and Sedgman cook up next. I'm looking forward to seeing these characters again and if they can surprise me with the mystery the second time around. All in all, one of the best middle grade mysteries I have read yet!
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1,057 reviews353 followers
November 15, 2021
Trains and mysteries really do make a great combination.

Hal has been sent to stay with his uncle Nat while his mum has a baby. Uncle Nat is a travel journalist who specialises in train journeys, and he's taking Hal on an extra special trip - the final royal tour of the beautiful Highland Falcon steam train. Onboard are all of high society, and a jewelry thief. Can Hal and his new stowaway friend catch the thief?

This had distinct Orient Express vibes, which made me love it all the more. It feels very different for a children's book in that we get a lot of details about the working of steam trains and the journey itself, mixed in with this really interesting mystery. It all unfolds in a really satisfying way. I also really enjoyed exploring the Scottish countryside and getting a glimpse of Balmoral - even if it's very fleeting.

I also found the characters really interesting. Hal starts the journey as quite an anxious, timid boy. He's worried about his mum having a baby, and he's shy around this group of eccentric adults. However, through the course of the story and with his determination to solve the mystery he overcomes this shyness to climb moving trains, speak to a room full of adults, and hopefully solve a crime. His uncle Nat is the strong guiding hand that Hal needs, ever present yet always calm and collected. And Lenny is the daredevil, the companion to bring out the brave in Hal. They all work so well together.

I'm surprised at how much I enjoyed this, and sped through the story in a day. It's fast paced, tightly plotted and ultimately a really rewarding read. I'm really excited to see where the series goes.
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1,137 reviews235 followers
February 14, 2020
All aboard!
Uncle Nat is a travel writer who loves trains and is thrilled to be a passenger on the Highland Falcon’s final journey. It’s the summer holiday and Hal is not looking forward to spending four whole days on board a train with his weird uncle.
‘I don’t like trains. They’re boring.’
Hal isn’t bored for long as it turns out there’s a jewel thief on board and he’s quickly caught up in the action.
‘Often the best place to hide something is in full view.’
On board the Highland Falcon and potential suspects are:

🚂 Harrison (Hal) Beck - 11, enjoys drawing
🚂 Nathaniel (Nat) Bradshaw - Hal’s mother’s older brother, a travel writer
🚂 Sierra Knight - a film star who is friends with the princess
🚂 Lucy Meadows - Sierra’s personal assistant
🚂 Countess of Arundel, Lady Elizabeth Lansbury - onboard with her dogs (Trafalgar, Viking, Shannon, Fitzroy and Bailey), her husband recently died
🚂 Rowan Buck - the Countess’ gentleman-in-waiting/dog handler
🚂 Ernest White - was the head steward on the royal train for 47 years, allergic to dogs
🚂 Baron Wolfgang Essenbach - friend of the prince
🚂 Milo Essenbach - the Baron’s youngest son
🚂 Steven Pickle - reality TV star, entrepreneur, runs a train company called Grailax
🚂 Lydia Pickle - Steven’s wife
🚂 Isaac Adebayo - the royal photographer
🚂 The prince and princess

🚂 Marlene (Lenny) Singh - 11, the train driver’s daughter
🚂 Mohanjit Singh - train driver, Lenny’s father
🚂 Gordon Goulde - head steward on the royal train
🚂 Graham - train guard
🚂 Amy - waitress
🚂 Joel Bray - fireman
🚂 Daniel and Kerry - the night shift.
Lenny, with her enthusiasm and tool belt, was always going to be my favourite character, especially when she was described (with a smile) as “the most disobedient girl ever to be born”. The surprise stand out for me was Uncle Nat, who turned out to be a lot more fun than I expected him to be. From his six watches, because “It’s good to remember that there are other places on the planet, filled with wonderful people”, to his love for trains, Nat is the person I’m most looking forward to spending more time with as the series progresses.
‘This will be a journey you’ll remember for the rest of your life.’
With a mystery unfolding and a group of mostly rich people with various agendas on board, this was a fun adventure. Train enthusiasts will enjoy the information about how steam trains operate and detectives in training will have their work cut out for them separating the red herrings from the clues, which are found in the text and in Elisa Paganelli’s illustrations. The details in the illustrations matched the text most of the time.

I was personally upset by how the .

I’ll definitely be on board for Hal and Uncle Nat’s next adventure.

Thank you so much to NetGalley and Macmillan Children's Books, an imprint of Pan Macmillan UK, for the opportunity to read this book.
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370 reviews235 followers
August 2, 2020
I absolutely adored this one. It's one of those middle grade books that will stick with you and you probably will always keep in your heart. It's a tale of friendship, mystery, bravery and loyalty.
I absolutely adored the mystery part, it reminded me a lot of murder on the orient express without the murder and with smart 12 year olds that will make you question your intellect as leads.

I can't wait to keep reading their adventures on their beloved trains, and I'm really happy I finally read this.

read for grade E of comc.
December 2, 2020
Wow! I really loved this book! What a great story full of mystery, adventure, & an amazing train! It’s The Highland Falcon Thief’s last journey before becoming a museum. Hal’s mom is sending him to take its last journey w/his Uncle Nat who is a journalist, while she prepares to have his baby sister. Hal thought he was going to be bored to tears-boy was he wrong lol He makes friends w/a girl named Lenny who is a stowaway lol People are complaining about their jewelry going missing, so he & Lenny decide to investigate. Hal can draw amazingly, & his drawings help them along the way. He realizes how amazing trains are, & how amazing his uncle is. He becomes close to an uncle he barley knew before this, makes a lifelong friend, has a new world opened up to him, & finds his inner courage when it matters most. Such great story telling, amazing characters, a great mystery, & a grand adventure. I highly recommend this, & can’t wait to start the 2nd book. An absolutely beautiful cover w/beautiful illustrations all throughout the book as well!💜
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Author 2 books163 followers
December 20, 2020
This is such a lot of fun. I went into The Highland Falcon Thief thinking well, I am ancient and absolutely have no interest whatsoever in trains, and I came out and realised that I loved it. There is a scene, for example, where they fill up the train with water (this is a thing!) and it is pretty much one of the best scenes I have read for a long while. It's breathless, visceral and genuinely good storytelling - and one that actually made me look up steam-trains on Youtube for the first time in ever.

Harrison Beck has been invited to join his Uncle Nat on the final journey of the royal steam-train: The Highland Falcon. Things go awry, as they do in all stories, and suddenly Harrison finds himself making friends and investigating the mystery of the Highland Falcon Thief. Told by MG Leonard and Sam Sedgman, this is such a vibrant and well-crafted story and one that gives you an incredibly rich mystery/adventure in the process. Mystventure? Forgive me, I am fond of tenuous portmanteaux.

Evocative of Robin Stephens' delicious mysteries, with a side-order of Agatha Christie - and a little bit of Indiana Jones thrown in for good measure - the Highland Falcon Thief is the perfect title for confident, independent readers. If they're not, then it's perfect for a bedtime read as well but be warned - you'll have to deal with a fair few 'just one more chapter' requests. And, I suspect, not all of these requests will come from the child...

Vibrant, fun and just really really good storytelling, this is one of the best books I've read for a while. I loved it.
Profile Image for Amélie Boucher.
677 reviews290 followers
September 13, 2020
Such an amazing mystery! Fans of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express will love this fun middle grade adventure.

I love stories set on trains. There is something about the mode of transportation that fascinates me, and I think it's the perfect setting for a great mystery. The limited range of suspects, the fact that everyone is stuck together and cannot escape... I live for these adventures. So it is no surprise that I absolutely loved this one. The atmosphere was perfect. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time, trying to figure out who could have committed the crimes.

The story was perfectly crafted. I doubted every person on the train at least once, including characters that I thought could not have done it. The big reveal at the end took me completely by surprise, and I gasped on several occasions because of the information we found out. I loved the final scene, where Hal, our main character, reveals how he figured everything out. It felt very Hercule Poirot-esque, and I loved every second of it.

I had such a great time reading this book and I cannot wait to pick up the sequel!
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1,112 reviews922 followers
August 24, 2021
The Highland Falcom Thief has all the components of a classic children's adventure story.
It's got trains, mystery, stowaways, friendships, a quirky cast of characters and kids outsmarting adults. It's cosy, action packed and such a lot of fun.
My only qualm with this book was the fatphobia aimed towards one character that I was incredibly disappointed by. It was (as all fatphobia is) utterly unnecessary, dated and frustrating.

That being said, over all I had a huge amount of fun with this book. It was a delight to read can't wait to continue with the series.

TW: fatphobia (unchallenged)
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Author 7 books187 followers
June 8, 2020
This is a fun little mystery novel for middle grade readers. Hal is invited to join his uncle, a travel writer, on the last voyage of a historic steam train. He's apprehensive at first since there are not supposed to be any other kids and he can't use his electronics. Then he makes a friend who's not supposed to be there and gets caught up in a mystery when a jewel necklace goes missing. This will be a great read for kids who love trains or mysteries.

I read a digital ARC of this via Net Galley.
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345 reviews12 followers
June 28, 2021
"De juwelendief" ben ik al een aantal keren tegengekomen op Instagram met daarbij positieve reacties. Ik besloot daarom mij ook mee op reis te laten nemen door dit spannende kinderboek. Hieronder lees je mijn ervaring,


De Juwelendief is het eerste deel in de nieuwe spannende kinderboeken serie "Dader op het spoor" geschreven door M.G. Leonard en Sam Sedgman. De illustraties in het boek zijn ontworpen door Elisa Paganelli. De Juwelendief is een whodunit kinderboek die je letterlijk mee op reis neemt.

Alex wordt ondergebracht bij zijn oom, hij heeft hier helemaal geen zin in, maar hij moet. Zijn moeder gaat namelijk naar het ziekenhuis om daar te bevallen van zijn zusje. Maar hij wilt helemaal geen zusje. Al heel lang vraagt Alex om een hond, maar volgens zijn ouders is dat een te grote verantwoordelijkheid. Maar een baby is dat niet? Hij snapt er niks van.

Met veel tegenzin gaat hij dan maar met zijn oom mee op reis in de trein, de Hooglanden-expres. Dit zal de laatste rit zijn voor deze trein en zijn oom is dol enthousiast. Zelfs het Britse koningspaar zal erbij aanwezig zijn. Kinderen, behalve Alex, zijn verboden!

Terwijl Alex op onderzoek uitgaat in de trein ontmoet hij een verstekeling. Een meisje van rond zijn leeftijd. Tegelijkertijd komt er schokkend nieuws naar boven. Mensen in de trein raken hun kostbare bezittingen kwijt. Heeft dit mysterieuze meisje hier mee te maken?


Alex heeft een hele uitgesproken mening over het feit dat hij met zijn oom mee moet. Dit wekte direct mijn interesse en doordat er enorm wordt gekeken naar zijn emoties maakte dit het verhaal direct interessant.

Door de beschrijving en de illustraties door het verhaal heen krijg je een heel goed beeld van de trein en de reis. Hierdoor wordt je meegenomen op reis. In combinatie met dat de spanning steeds iets meer omhoog gaat, maakt dat het verhaal reuze leuk!

Al vrij snel leer je "het mysterieuze meisje" kennen. Je gaat zelf verdenkingen krijgen en probeert mee te denken over wie de eventuele Juwelendief is. Ik denk dat dit vooral voor kinderen heel spannend en leuk is! De Juwelendief was voor mij een verassing, waaraan je kunt merken dat het verhaal de gehele tijd een mysterie blijft. Erg leuk gedaan!

Ik heb enorm genoten van dit verhaal. De hele opbouw, de sfeer, de personages, eigenlijk alles vond ik goed uitgewerkt en dit boek raad ik dan ook zekers aan. De kleine detectives onder ons kunnen dit boek zeker waarderen!
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471 reviews83 followers
December 28, 2021
This book about Harrison Beck and his Uncle Nat who are on a the Highland Falcon, which is Britain's most famous steam train.

There are many high profile and super wealthy persons in this train and the women wears expensive jwellery. And one by one the jwellery starts disappearing.

It can mean only one thing: there is a thief in the Highland Falcon.

It is upto Harrison and his friend, Lenny to find out who is the thief.


I absolutely loved this book okay. I loved it so much.

Firstly, this book feels like a love song to all the train lovers. I do not like trains but you can tell from reading this book that the author truly loves trains, passionately. By the end of this book, even I fell in love with trains just by reading this book. 😂

What makes reading this book even better are the illustrations. There are beautiful illustrations throughout the book.

All the characters were interesting and the plot was very intriguing. I was so hooked by the story and wanted to know who stole the jwellery.

Even though the mystery was predictable, I absolutely enjoyed how the two kids solved the robbery. The two kids are so pure and precious, and also incredibly smart and brave. The friendship between Harrison and Lenny was so genuine and real, I felt such warmth in my heart by seeing how much the two would do for one another.

I got teary eyed twice towards the end with happiness. This book made me so freaking happy okay. I love middle grade books for this reason. 😭 They are so pure and fills my heart with joy.

I need to read the second book ASAP.

Overall, this was a fantastic middle grade mystery book. Everyone but especially children will have a blast reading this! I'll highly recommend this book!
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1,275 reviews280 followers
June 30, 2022
This was a really fun mystery heavily inspired by Agatha Christie's books, and I'm happy to say that it took me a while to start piecing together the details and work out who the culprit was. I love both trains and Agatha Christie, so I can see this becoming a favourite series of mine.
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11.6k reviews360 followers
September 21, 2020
Een superspannend en leest echt heel lekker weg boek over een jongen die op een treinreis gaat, een verstekeling ontdekt, en een juwelendief ontmaskert.

Ik ben blij dat ik dit boek heb gevonden bij de bibliotheek want mijn hemel wat was dit een heerlijk snel boek zeg. Spannend maar ook bergen treinen (ik hou van treinen, ik weet niet alle details van treinen zoals Oom Ben of Lenny, maar ik hou van naar treinen kijken, de details zien, de verschillende manieren hoe het werkt, en meer). Ik zou echt wel mee willen gaan in de trein, want wat een droom was dat zeg, een panoramawagen, een bibliotheek (met een geheimpje), en nog veel meer. Heerlijk hoe de schrijfster, of eigenlijk Alex, ons door de trein leidt en ons steeds weer iets nieuws laat ontdekken.

Alex kan ook geweldig tekenen. Zo te zien loopt er dus genoeg creatief bloed door de familie. Want zijn oom is een beroemde schrijver.

Lenny was een leuk personage. Ik vond het stoer van haar dat ze als verstekeling mee is gekomen en dat haar vader dat, ondanks alles, toch toe laat. Hij had ook makkelijk haar kunnen laten ophalen door haar moeder bij een station maar hij laat haar lekker rondlopen. Ik vond de vriendschap tussen Alex en Lenny erg leuk geschreven en ik was blij dat ze elkaar vonden.
Een dingetje minder was dat Lenny zo aan het oordelen was toen ze erachter kwam dat Alex niet zo’n interesse had in treinen. Later heeft hij wel wat meer interesse, maar kom op laat die jongen gewoon met rust.

Er waren zoveel verdachten, al kon ik er al een paar van mijn lijstje halen. Ik vond het leuk om met Alex en Lenny door de trein te lopen op zoek naar hints en mijn lijstje zo aan te passen. Uiteindelijk moet ik zeggen dat ik dader niet had geraden, of in ieder geval… nee dat zou een spoiler zijn en dat wil ik niet. 😛

En dan zijn er nog andere geheimen die langzaam aan het licht komen en ik was enorm aan het genieten.

Ik vond de reis ook heel mooi en fijn dat er zoveel illustraties waren. Nu wil ik trouwens ook langs al deze mooie plekken.

Mr. Pickle was echt walgelijk. Constant vingers wijzen en enorm grove opmerkingen maken jegens Alex waardoor ik echt zin had om die man bij het eerste beste station van de trein te gooien.

Huggenden… nee gewoon nee. Zeg dan knuffelen/omhelzen/omarmen of andere woorden, dit klonk zo belachelijk. Helaas is het blijkbaar, voor wat dan ook achterlijke reden, ook nog eens een woord in het Nederlands? OH GOD NEE. Yuck. Nee dank je.

Ook waren er wat foutjes in de illustraties. We zien bijvoorbeeld de zogezegde sketch van Alex, maar daar zie ik echt geen extra leunstoel in, dus is het niet Alex’ zijn sketch? En dan is er nog twee keer hoe de compartimenten worden beschreven. Maar ze zijn verkeerd om. Dus of de illustrator heeft een foutje gemaakt… of de illustraties zijn gespiegeld. Want bij een hoort het bed links.. maar staat ie rechts.. en bij de ander is rechts het bed en staat ie links. Beetje apart.

Ik vond het einde ook erg leuk en ik kijk nu al uit naar de volgende avonturen van Alex (en ik ga er maar even vanuit dat Lenny ook van de partij is).

Ik zou het boek zeker aanraden! Heerlijk om te lezen.

Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/
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1,032 reviews23 followers
February 28, 2020
This was so much fun! A book I did not know I needed but now I am craving more! I am so glad this is part one in a series because I have a feeling it might become a favourite. The writing flows perfectly, the characters are all intriguing and the illustrations compliment it all wonderfully.

I didn't see all the twists coming and those I did just made me read on to see if I was right. Throughly enjoyable read which I highly recommend. Agatha Christie for kids! :)
December 4, 2022
Aventuri în tren. Hoțul din Highland Falcon

Vreau să încep prin a recomanda această carte tuturor iubitorilor de mistere, de cazuri de elucidat, avem un mic Sherlock Holmes. Foarte bine scrisă cartea.❤️

Este spre sfârșitul vacanței de vară, mama lui Harrison (Hall) urmează să nască, așa că părinții decid ca el să-și petreacă petreacă puțin timp cu unchiul lui, spre dezamagirea lui.

Cum unchiul lui urma să fie la bordul Highland Falcon, un regal tren cu aburi pentru a scrie un jurnal de călătorie, Hall îl însoțește în acesta călătorie.

Este un drum de 4 zile, o călătorie pâna in Scoția si înapoi, cu un tren regal cu abur, un drum de onoare a celui mai luxos tren care existase vreodată, și care urma să se retragă, să fie expus în muzeu

Nu este o călătorie fără incidente, deoarece Hall descoperă un pasager clandestin, iar dispariția mai multor bijuterii a unor pasageri, îl determină să facă cercetari și să descopere hoțul de bijuterii, mai ales că este furat și diamantul Atlas al prințesei, iar recompensa este pe măsură.
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448 reviews32 followers
January 24, 2022
Reading this was like nose diving into a cozy middle grade version of an Agatha Christie novel. Well made middle grade mysteries that ISN’T scary are in fact rather unusual. This one manages to make a good mystery with unexpected twists and turns, a powerful story about friendship AND have it all mixed up with facts about trains! I would probably recommend this to kids who like reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stones, because there might not be any magic, but the feeling of solving a mystery and discovering a new world is similar.

Concerning representation there’s some scenes where a couple of POC-characters clearly get accused for being the thief because of their origin and that’s a disappointment. There’s also no queer representation, which is sad. I probably would have fainted from happiness if there was. Still, this is an amazing middle grade mystery!
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331 reviews11 followers
February 6, 2020
This is our kids book of the month - a who dunnit set on board a steam locomotive called the Highland Falcon. Hal's mum is going to hospital to have a baby and finds himself on the locomotive with his journalist uncle, as it takes its final journey before retiring to the transport museum. Mid journey, some priceless jewels go missing, so Hal with the help of a stowaway called Lenny set out to solve the mystery before the end of the journey. A great read, I'm sure this will be a hit in our store.
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355 reviews
April 8, 2021
Heerlijke kinderdetective in ware Agatha Christiestijl, met sterke clou. Gemaakt volgens de regels van de kunst.
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232 reviews
August 2, 2021
Really enjoyed this one! Not too predictable. I think the kids from the reading club will love this one.
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4,189 reviews
November 28, 2022
My nine-year-old and I were so excited about this for a read-aloud but neither one of us could get into it. I didn't feel connected to the main character after three chapters and then introducing so many secondary characters so early on just felt like information overload without sufficient emotion or plot attached. My son's primary response was, "Boring!" Bummer as I loved the synopsis and it's fairly highly reviewed and a fairly robust series. Maybe we will try again in another time and mood.
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1,547 reviews10 followers
August 4, 2022
I acknowledge the book is aimed at young people not old men, but I have enjoyed others in the series. However if this had been my first it would have been my last. Will read another in the series and trust that will be of the previous I’ve read.
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334 reviews5 followers
January 27, 2020
Pure cosy crime joy for the middle graders. Full of mystery, drama, laughs and trains.
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1,106 reviews299 followers
June 4, 2020
Eleven year old Harrison Beck is spending four days with his eccentric uncle and author Nathaniel Bradshaw, journeying across the British countryside upon The Highland Falcon, his mother heavily pregnant with her second child. bringing a new sibling for Harrison into the world. Harrison reluctantly boards The Highland Falcon, a steam powered locomotive on her final journey before decommissioned into retirement. Harrison isn't a train enthusiast like his uncle, documenting her final journey but adventure awaits onboard the locomotive for the wealthy and infamous passengers, a stowaway and the British Prince and Princess as a jewel thief journeys among them.

Harrison is a lovely young man, courteous and reluctantly boards The Highland Falcon, the only child on the journey from Crewe to Scotland until Harrison discovers a young stowaway. Marlene Singh is a railroad enthusiast and befriends Harrison as they begin their adventure across Britain.

The jewel heist has begun. Someone had been thieving from wealthy socialites and society members and when a brooch, earrings and and absurdly, the Atlas Diamond necklace as worn under security by the royal Princess herself disappears onboard, Harrison and Marlene are determined to unravel the mystery and find the culprit.

The Highland Falcon Thief is unequivocally delightful. A mystery adventure on the railway, surprising and wonderfully engaging. Throughout the narrative, learning about the romance of the railways was lovely, the almost obsolete steam powered locomotives and the journey onboard, an adventure itself. As Harrison sketches various scenes of interest, the illustrations are recreated throughout, enchanting and delighting middle grade readers. Simply brilliant.
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101 reviews8 followers
May 16, 2021
Απόλαυσα αυτη την ιστορία απο την πρώτη σελίδα μέχρι και την τελευταία. Πραγματικά δεν ήθελα να αφήσω αυτό το βιβλίο απο τα χέρια μου.
Αγαπώ τα ταξίδια, αγαπώ τα τρένα και αγαπώ την περιπέτεια και αυτό το βιβλίο είχε και τα τρία!
Ένιωσα σαν να διαβάζω μια ιστορία της Αγκάθα Κρίστι, έξυπνη, καλογραμμένη, μυστιριώδης, ατμοσφαιρική.
Σε καμία περίπτωση δεν είδα το τέλος να έρχεται και με εξέπληξε ευχάριστα.

"Είναι δύσκολο να ζήσεις μια περιπέτεια με ένα έξυπνο κινητό στην τσέπη. Η εθιστική συσκευή σε εμποδίζει απο το να διαβάζεις πραγματικούς χάρτες και να μιλάς σε ανθρώπους. Δε θέλω να κοιτάζω μια οθόνη. Θέλω να κοιτάζω το τοπίο. Θέλω να δώ τον κόσμο."
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