Mar 022015
 
Review: Kitty Hawk and the Tragedy of the RMS TitanicKitty Hawk and the Tragedy of the RMS Titanic (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #4) by Iain Reading
Published by Self published on Feb 15, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, YA
Format: eBook from Author
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: two-stars

Kitty Hawk and the Tragedy of the RMS Titanic is the thrillingly cryptic fourth installment of the exciting Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series featuring the intrepid teenage seaplane pilot Kitty Hawk and her various adventures of mystery and intrigue as she follows in the footsteps of Amelia Earhart on an epic flight around the world.

This fourth book in the series brings Kitty to the emerald hills of Ireland where she meets a handsome stranger and is quickly swept up in a perplexing hundred-year-old family treasure hunt involving secret codes and puzzling clues that lead her on a fast-paced adventure that carries her from Dublin to London - from the decks of the ill-fated ocean liner Titanic to the temples of ancient Egypt and the streets of Jack the Ripper - until she finally unlocks the mystery and discovers the long-hidden treasure.

Much like the earlier books in this series, Kitty Hawk and the Tragedy of the RMS Titanic is a perfect book to fire the imaginations of armchair detectives of all ages. Filled with fascinating and highly Google-able locations and history the reader will find themselves immersed in brand new worlds that are brought to life before their very eyes as Kitty Hawk experiences the stories and history of a doomed ocean liner and unravels the Tragedy of the RMS Titanic.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I am so disappointed with Kitty’s choices and actions in this book. Up until now, she’s been a great heroine and role model, but the choices she makes in this book left me quite disgusted. Breaking and entering and stealing are not good choices, and the way Kitty shrugged off her actions as justifable because the victim didn’t want to work with them? Morally reprehensible.

Maybe it’s just the mom in me, but this installment in the series left me very unhappy. I just wanted to shake Kitty and make her see that what she was doing was just not right in anyway. I don’t care that she thought she had a good reason, anyone looking from outside can see it wasn’t right at all.

On a positive side, there were lots of educational facts about the Titanic, London and Ireland woven into the story. While some of the information seemed unnecessary and obvious (Jack the Ripper stories), the rest of it was woven into the story quite well.

Overall, while I have mostly loved the series, and can see how this story would have large appeal with the exciting Titanic-based mystery, the way the plot turned out was not something I enjoyed. It made stealing seem okay, and vilified the victim, which is definitely not okay. I hope Kitty’s next adventure puts her back into a role model state.

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