The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow by Katherine Woodfine

Another from the Hooked on Books category of the Coventry Inspiration Book Awards 2017.

Set in Edwardian London, this book follows Sophie as she tries to get herself back on her feet after being orphaned, and gets a job in the millinery department of Sinclairs, London’s newest department store.

Beautifully written, Katherine Woodfine’s description of the inner workings of the high end department store offers pure escapism into Sophie’s world as she makes friends and enemies, and finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time in a classic murder-heist mystery. A daring theft means she must learn who to trust if she is to clear her name, restore her reputation and bring the real culprits to justice.

The characters, Sophie, Lil, Billy and Joe all come from diverse backgrounds, offering a wealth of insight into Edwardian life from multiple viewpoints. Enough clues and misdirection to keep you guessing until the end!

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Great for fans of Goth Girl, Murder Most Unladylike, Nancy Drew and Enid Blyton.

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