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Lady In Red by Tessa Buckley
Genre: Action Children’s Book
Source: Rachel Random Resources
Publisher: Troubador Publishing
About The Book
Alex is afraid of snakes, so when his sister Donna befriends Jake, an Australian boy with a pet snake called Queenie, he isn’t happy. Jake is staying with the O’Connor family at Acacia Villa, once the home of Victorian artist, Gabriel Pascoe. When the artist’s great grandson, Fred Pascoe, tells the twins how Gabriel Pascoe’s most famous painting, Lady in Red, went missing seventy years ago, they volunteer to try and find out what happened to it.
While their father, an inventor, is preparing for the official launch of his most successful invention, a search and rescue robot, Alex and Donna pursue their search for the missing masterpiece. Then Acacia Villa itself is threatened with demolition. It looks as if their new friends will lose their home, and Holcombe Bay will lose an important historic building. They suspect that Mr Mortimer, the man who wants to demolish Acacia Villa, may know the true location of Lady in Red. But he is a friend of the twins’ mother, and the godfather of their baby half-sister, Sophie. Criticising him could open up family rifts, which have only recently healed.
Then Queenie the snake goes missing, and a train of events is set in motion which leads the twins and their new friends into terrible danger. Help comes from an unexpected quarter, but will it arrive too late? Can Alex overcome his fear of snakes? And will the twins ever be able to return Lady in Red to its rightful owner?
An adventure book with a mystery and some lost masterpiece? I am in!
I am discovering the freshness and adventurous books focused on children that I sometimes enjoy much more than the adults, with no hidden lies or deep thoughts, children are more direct and don’t ever think of the consequences! Have in mind that these two twins have a couple of months to “distract” themselves; they can make any life a hell if they want… In this case they will try to solve the mystery of a missing art piece, they have their own detective agency in the end and their hobby is to solve cases!
I’ll admit that this is the first book I’ve read of the “Eye Spy” series but I could read it perfectly as standalone, the characters are well formed and all the details from previous cases are well explained, you will not feel lost.
I think this is a great book for young readers, 10/11 years old, they will enjoy the case and try to discover the truth before it’s revealed and maybe scare them a little bit… but this is the fun of a good book, feel the story in your own skin, don’t you think?
Any reader will enjoy the case and make them want to know more about the characters and discover the previous adventures, believe me! Ready for the search of “The Lady in Red”?
About The Author
I’ve been scribbling away ever since I was a child, but I’ve only been writing full time for the last fifteen years. Before that, I worked in architecture and design in London, until health problems forced me to take up a less active profession. However every cloud has a silver lining, and researching how to control my MS without the use of drugs lead eventually to my writing The MS Diet Book. I then moved to children’s fiction when my ten year old daughter complained she couldn’t find enough modern adventure stories to read. We live by the sea in Essex, so it seemed natural to set my story in a seaside town. Eye Spy is the first in a series of books about Donna and Alex Macintyre and Eye Spy Investigations.