Reader Reviewed The Lost Island by Laura Powell

The Lost Island

Written by Laura Powell
Illustrated by Sarah Gibb
Part of the A Silver Service Mystery Series

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In a nutshell: upstairs downstairs intrigue with a touch of magic

Pattern is not your average housemaid: she’s already foiled one devilish plot, fighting off a dragon in the process, and now she’s a fully trained member of the Silver Service Agency, servants who work undercover to investigate crimes, especially those with supernatural complications. Indeed, her poker-fencing skills are as advanced as her bonnet-trimming. Sent to investigate the disappearance of a young lord, she finds herself on a Cornish island with the mysterious Lady Hawk. Surely rumours of pirates and mermaids are just talk? This cleverly mixes magic and adventure with the sort of satisfaction that only comes from a quiet, resourceful heroine doing daring things (there’s definitely something of Jane Eyre about Pattern). It’s very well-written, the domestic and magical worlds are equally well-described and both full of intriguing detail. ~ Andrea Reece

Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading4kids expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review the first title in The Silver Service Mystery Series, The Last Duchess. Click here to read the full reviews.

  • Emma Corden, age 11 - 'Honestly, The Last Duchess is the best book that I have read in quite a while I absolutely loved it!'
  • Sue Wilsher, Teacher - 'An exciting detective story where legend mingles with evil deeds and all is solved by an orphaned lady's maid.'    
  • Holly Wilkins, age 13 - 'This is a great book - full of mystery, mischief and crime.'
  • Jenna Welch, age 12 - 'I especially enjoyed the bits of welsh in it because I speak welsh and the combination of the two languages and cultures worked really well...I loved this book and have already started to read it again.'
  • Kitty Sidaway, age 9 - 'The Last Duchess is a thrilling tale jam packed with excitement, adventure and mysteries...'
  • Sidney Greenslade, age 13 - 'The Last Duchess is a thrilling and suspenseful read which tells the tale of Pattern, a 13 year old servant who realises that being employed to be invisible is far more deadly than it seems...'
  • Olivia Shaw, age 11 - 'The Last Duchess is an unlikely combination of darning stockings, serving a suspicious Duchess, and a house sized Dragon! I would recommend it to readers aged 11 and up.'
  • Amina, age 10 - 'This book has a little twist to it but I'll let you find out what that twist was. It was a cross between a fiction book and halfway to real life but not quite there yet. I loved it, it was magic.'
  • Amelie Weeks - 'This is a gripping tale of a mystery, secrets and friendship.'
  • Niamh Howson, age 11 - Red Maid's Junior School - 'I found the book endlessly gripping once I got into it. Sometimes I couldn’t put it down. This book is very mysterious and intense.'
  • Erica Motoc, age 11 - 'Laura Powell is a phenomenal author and I would recommend it to anyone who adores a brilliant read.'


The Lost Island by Laura Powell

After saving the Grand Duchy of Elffinberg from the jaws of a dragon in The Last Duchess, Pattern has been recruited by The Silver Service Agency to help solve supernatural mysteries. Pattern is dispatched undercover to the Island of Cull as a housemaid to the mysterious Lady Hawk, to investigate the disappearance of a young man called Henry.She quickly discovers that the Isle of Cull has some strange and magical properties, including an unseasonably tropical climate and a party of house guests who seem entirely in thrall to Lady Hawk and her beautiful daughter. Pattern and her new friend Nate are the only ones immune to the spell Lady Hawk has cast, but as the male house guests begin to disappear one by one, they find themselves in a race against time to solve the mystery of the island's magic.

Join Pattern on another dangerous and spellbinding adventure in The Lost Island, the second Silver-Service Mystery from Laura Powell, illustrated by Sarah Gibb.


Superbly descriptive and with a varied cast of characters, readers will be drawn into this mystery * Parents in Touch * Sarah Gibb's intricate black and white silhouette illustrations add visual charm to the action and Powell's references to The Complete Servant by Samuel and Sarah Adams, an 1825 guide to `the Peculiar Duties and Business of All Descriptions of Servants,

. * Lancashire Evening Post *

About the Author

Laura Powell

Laura Powell, who may or may not be a direct descendant of King Arthur, was born in London, but grew up in the shadow of Carreg Cennen Castle in Wales. Much of her childhood was either spent with her nose firmly in a book, or plotting to escape her boarding school, which she hated. Having studied Classics at university, she now spends her time working for the English National Ballet and writing. She lives in Camberwell with her husband and young son.

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304 pages


Laura Powell
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Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Publication date

8th February 2018




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