Title: The Case of the Blind Beetle
Author: Holly Webb
Published: February 2nd 2015
Publisher: Stripes Publishing
Genre: Middle Grade
Length: 176 pages
I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Book Blurb (via Goodreads):
Maisie Hitchins longs to be a detective. She’s sure there are lots of adventures to be had on the streets of Victorian London. And, together with her faithful puppy, Eddie, she is determined to follow even the slightest scent of a mystery – no matter what! On a visit to the British Museum, Maisie meets Professor Tobin’s old university acquaintance Lord Dacre, who’s devastated about the recent theft of one of his most prized possessions – an Egyptian scarab beetle made of gold and encrusted with jewels. It’s not long before the lost artefact turns up on the muddy bank of the river Thames, but its missing its precious ruby eyes. When the wrong man is convicted of the robbery, it’s up to Maisie to find out who the real scarab stealer is.
Maisie Hitchins is a detective, even though she’s only a little girl. Having solved several mysteries already, Maisie offers her services in the search for the thief who stole a golden beetle.
This was a good story, with adorable illustrations. Maisie is a lovable little character and the way she tries to help the Lord when his scarab goes missing (and is later found vandalised) is admirable. I haven’t read the other Maisie Hitchins stories, but I can tell that they’ll be perfect reads for young kids. As a quick read, they’re perfect for children.
Maisie’s intuition seems to be spot on, and it was great to watch her muddle through the clues to work out who was behind the theft – even though I figured it out relatively easily, I’m sure that young kids will have fun trying to work it out themselves.
I know of at least two little girls that would love this story and I’ll definitely be sharing it with them.
About the Author
Holly Webb is the author of Dog Magic, Cat Magic, and Lost in the Snow. She has always loved animals and owns two very spoiled cats. They haven’t said a word to her yet, but she’s always listening, just in case! She lives in England.
You can find out more about Holly at her website.