Black Cats and Butlers
Written by Janine Beacham
Part of the Rose Raventhorpe Investigates Series
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A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month March 2017 Fun to read, this is a sprightly told tale of murder and trickery with a twisty plot and a cast of unlikely characters led by the smart and determined Rose Raventhorpe. Butlers are being murdered in Yorke and when one of them is Rose’s own beloved butler Argyle she knows she must begin to investigate. Especially as the black cats from the city’s walls are beginning to disappear too. Are the two facts related? Soon Rose is caught up in following the trails and finding out a great deal about the city’s butlers that she had never expected. ~ Julia Eccleshare
The author, Janine Beacham: ‘I am thrilled that Butlers and Black Cats has found a home with Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. I’ve dreamed of being published since the age of five, so it doesn’t get better than this.’
Julia Eccleshare's Picks of the Month for March 2017
Jellicle Cats by T.S. Eliot and Arthur Robins
William Bee's Wonderful World of Trucks by William Bee
The Story of the Dancing Frog by Quentin Blake
George's Marvellous Experiments inspired by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake
My Name is Victoria by Lucy Worsley
Many Moons by Remi Courgeon
Freddie Mole, Lion Tamer by Alexanda McCall Smith
Black Cats and Butlers by Janine Beacham
Triangle by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen
Kids love to read and so in addition to the review by one of the Lovereading4kids editorial experts some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel members were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.
- Kitty Sidaway, age 9 - 'When you read this book, you will be on the edge of your seat...It is probably one of the best books I have read.'
- Emma Corden, age 11 - 'This book is so filled with mystery. It’s one of the best books I have ever read.'
- Zoe Basson, age 9 - 'This book was a creative mix of mystery murder and romance.'
- Amina Hassan, age 10 - 'I loved this book the clues all fitted well together. A cross between mystical and magical to murder and gruesomeness. You will be spellbound but scared. I loved Janine Beacham’s book.'
Black Cats and Butlers by Janine Beacham
The Clockwork Sparrow meets Downton Abbey.
Born into the aristocracy, Rose Raventhorpe is expected to be prim and proper at all times, something she finds impossible. She loves nothing more than wandering around Yorke with her beloved butler Argyle, listening to the stories he tells about the city.
So when Argyle is murdered - the third butler to be stabbed in a week - Rose feels compelled to find out what really happen. Rose quickly discovers a whole world beyond her own, where trust is rare and suspicions are rife, a world filled with grave-robbers, magicians and the city’s ancient feline guardians. Can she bring the murderers of her faithful butler to justice? And can she ever learn to cut the perfect cucumber sandwich…with a sword?
This stunning debut by Australian author Janine Beacham is definitely one for the curious, who love stories that are a little dark and a little different Read it Daddy
About the Author
Interest Age: From 8
More books by Janine Beacham
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers an imprint of Hachette Children's Group
9th March 2017
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