Monday, March 14, 2016

MMGM: The Case of the Girl in Grey by Jordan Stratford


ABOUT THE BOOK

This history-mystery series continues with another fine display of brains and bravery from the Wollstonecraft Girls—Ada Byron Lovelace and Mary Shelley. Inspired fun for middle grade readers and fans of The Mysterious Benedict Society and Lemony Snicket!

The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency was supposed to be a secret constabulary, but after the success of their first case, all of London knows that Lady Ada and Mary are the girls to go to if you have a problem.

Their new case is a puzzle indeed. It involves a horrible hospital, a missing will, a hasty engagement, and a suspiciously slippery servant.

But Mary’s stumbled onto a mystery of her own. She spotted a ghostly girl in a grey gown dashing through the park. A girl who is the spitting image of their new client.

The two cases must be linked . . . or else there’s a perfectly supernatural explanation.


REVIEW

Stratford has created another fun mystery involving Ada Byron and Mary Godwin, except this time they have the assistance (?) of their younger sisters.  When Mrs. Somerville visits Ada and shares her concerns for her niece, Lizzie, whose father died mysteriously after pronouncing he had some good news to share, and is set to marry Sir Caleb.  After visiting Lizzie, it becomes clear that something nefarious is indeed a foot.  But Mary's encounter with the ghostly girl in grey complicates things, especially when she turns out to look surprisingly like Lizzie.  It's up to Mary and Ada and their allies to figure things out before it's too late.  Once again, the author has written an engaging, easy to read story that is entertaining and informative without being so bogged down with history as to slow the story.  There is just enough history to be interesting while the mystery takes precedence.  I also enjoyed the author's note at the end about the characters and the story lines which explains where the historically based characters and plot come from.  A delightful new mystery series for young readers who like some history mixed in with their mystery. 

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