Author: Lena Jones
Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books
Publication Date: 5th September 2019
This book was received from the publisher in return for an honest review
About the book:
A third mystery for thirteen-year-old Agatha Oddly – a bold, determined heroine, and the star of this stylish new detective series.
As the youngest and newest recruit to the gatekeeper’s guild, Agatha Oddlow know she’s got a lot to prove – not least because her mother was such an important member of the secret society.
So, when an assistant at the National Gallery goes missing, Agatha begins investigating. Soon she uncovers a plot bigger than she could ever have imagined. As Agatha delves deeper and deeper into the mystery, she’s not sure she’ll ever get to the bottom of it all…
What I Thought:
Agatha’s back with another adventure and this time a senior curator at the National Gallery has gone missing! Agatha finds herself paired up with a brand new partner and things quickly develop into something far closer to home than Agatha could possibly imagine!
I really enjoyed my first two trips into the world of Agatha Oddly, I find the character herself likeable and the mysteries are intriguing even as an adult, so I can completely understand how the books target audience would be drawn in!
The plot was fast moving, and I flew through the book in a couple of hours at most. At the same time the story is split into handy chapters that would make the book perfect for a reader just gaining confidence in reading chapter books on their own, or for bedtime story reading. I won’t speak too much more on the plot to avoid spoilers, I will however say that there was a twist at the end that I did not expect but absolutely loved!
Agatha was in fine form again during the story, although I was glad to see her get into a little bit of trouble for skipping out on school, there was no way my parents would have let me get away with that! Although I must admit I’ve never quite understood why the Professor insisted on having meeting with Agatha during school time when she knows Agatha is still a student!
Brianna and Liam were back, I do enjoy keeping up with Brianna’s latest hairstyle! I’ve loved seeing the friendship Brianna has developed with Agatha and Liam since the first book. I think it’s great Agatha has two friends she can rely on throughout thick and thin, it’s always amusing reading their conversations whenever they’re together.
Sofia only featured briefly but she’s grown on me since her appearance in the last book. Agatha’s dad Rufus also featured again, and he’s very endearing in his bumbling manner! I do enjoy reading his sections though!
Another brilliant middle grade mystery from the team behind Lena Jones! This TV writers room approach seems to work really well. It felt like there was a great sense of closure at the end of this story, I just hope it’s not the last Agatha Oddly book I get to read!
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As always if you’ve read the book let me know what you thought! If you’ve not read it yet will my review convince you to pick it up?