Reader Reviewed The Case of the Stolen Sixpence by Holly Webb

The Case of the Stolen Sixpence

Written by Holly Webb
Illustrated by Marion Lindsay
Part of the Maisie Hitchins Series

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May 2013 Book of the Month The super-sleuthing qualities of a great girl detective make a gripping story line in the first of this brand new series. Maisie Hitchin is always busy running errands for her demanding Grandmother but she has a great nose for mystery which leads on her some exciting adventures. This time, she solves the mystery of the butcher’s boy and the missing money and rescues an abandoned puppy. Could the two be related?

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The Case of the Stolen Sixpence by Holly Webb

Maisie Hitchins lives in her grandmother's boarding house, longing for adventure. She idolizes the famous detective, Gilbert Carrington, and follows his every case. But Maisie is about to be given the opportunity of a lifetime: her own mystery to solve! Maisie rescues a puppy in peril whilst running an errand, and adopts him. She decides to investigate the puppy's original cruel owner, but instead gets tangled up in an intriguing plot involving stolen sausages, pilfered halfpennies and a fast-paced bicycle chase. The streets of Victorian London are never safe, but Maisie's on the case!

Best-selling author Holly Webb returns with a brand new series, introducing the character of Maisie Hitchins – a plucky girl detective living in Victorian London.
With illustrations by Marion Lindsay, these thrilling books will delight fans of Holly
Webb and inspire a generation of budding detectives!


Emily Hardy, age 8 This book was a really good mystery story and I was reading it every spare second that I had. The book made me feel like I was there and saw everything. click here to read the full review.

Alexander Bisland, age 7 I give it 10/10 because it’s a brilliant, exciting and enjoyable book! click here to read the full review.

Hannah Minton, age 7 It is a very exciting book because Maisie has to keep lots of secrets. I really recommend this here to read the full review.

Connie Davies, age 8 I liked the book because it was very funny and the illustrations were good too. I especially liked the little puppy, Eddie. This book makes me want to solve mysteries too. I really enjoyed this book!

About the Author

Holly Webb

Holly Webb was born and grew up in south-east London, but spent a lot of time on the Suffolk coast. As a child, she had two dogs, a cat, and at one point, nine gerbils (an accident). At about ten, Holly fell in love with stories from Ancient Greek myths, which led to studying Latin and Greek, and eventually to reading Classics at university. She worked for five years as a children's fiction editor, before deciding that writing was more fun, and easier to do from a sofa. She started writing several years ago while working as a children’s books editor. She has written over ninety books including the Animal Stories, My Naughty Little Puppy and Maisie Hitchins series for Stripes Publishing. Holly has also written In The Clever Little Kitten for World Book Day and a sequel to The Secret Garden. Holly Webb lives in Berkshire with her husband, children and three cats.

Author photo credit: Nigel Bird

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Stripes Publishing an imprint of Little Tiger Press Group

Publication date

6th May 2013




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