Aug 062015
 
Review: Kitty Hawk and the Mystery of the MasterpiecesKitty Hawk and the Mystery of the Masterpieces (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #5) by Iain Reading
Published by Self published on Feb 23, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, YA
Format: eBook from Author
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

Kitty Hawk and the Mystery of the Masterpieces is the eagerly anticipated fifth instalment of the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency book series. This series features the intrepid teenage seaplane pilot and amateur detective Kitty Hawk as she continues in the footsteps of Nancy Drew and Amelia Earhart on her epic flight around the world.

After meeting up with an old friend in the eternal city of Rome, Kitty Hawk unexpectedly stumbles (almost literally) into a bizarre mystery involving creepy disembodied voices, secret hidden rooms, unbreakable mathematical codes, ominous chain-smoking strangers and an array of plundered artworks by such famous masters as Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro and Vincent van Gogh - all of it wrapped up and entwined in an enigmatic riddle hanging in plain sight right in front of everyone's noses.

With the help of friends both old and new, Kitty Hawk follows a trail of cryptic clues that leads her on a breathless tour across a quintessentially European landscape - from ancient Roman Italy to the darkest corners of Germany, Austria and beyond.

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 will admit that after the disappointing last book, I was a little apprehensive about this installment of Kitty’s adventure, but it turned out great. This book saw the return of the upbeat, determined, and adventurous Kitty, the one who knows right from wrong, and wants to solve a mystery, in order to help solve an issue.

I was pleasantly surprised that Charlie joined her on this adventure. It was nice to see a returning character, especially one so integral to the original adventure. Kitty and Charlie have a great sibling-like relationship, and it played out very well in the story.

As always, I learned a lot while reading this story. Most of the information was incorporated into the plot very well, with only a few items really standing out as learning points. Overall, everything is cohesive and entertaining and a great story for readers young and old.

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