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Lizzie and the Penny Gaff Gang come across imposters and kidnappers in this new Lizzie Brown adventure. Fitzy's travelling circus is invited to travel to Whitby to perform for a wealthy Maharaja. But soon after they arrive, a ghostly ship is seen haunting the nearby harbour. And then the Maharaja's precious ruby is stolen... Can Lizzie Brown, the circus fortune-teller and her Penny Gaff gang save the day?
May 2015 Book of the Month Young readers who like their mystery stories tinged with a bit of Victorian gothic are going to love this new detective series. Twelve year old Lizzie finally has enough of living with her brutish father and runs away. She’s lucky to fall in with Fitzy’s, a travelling circus, and immediately feels at home with its stars; in fact, she’s soon performing herself as the circus fortune teller, for Lizzie it seems, might have psychic abilities. Can Lizzie use these to discover the identity of the Phantom, a violent burglar terrorizing London? The circus provides a great background for this satisfying mystery, while Lizzie is a clever, feisty heroine: fans of Holmes (Conan Doyle’s or Cumberbatch’s) will particularly enjoy this. ~ Andrea Reece
Exploring the adventure and thrill of the Victorian circus setting, the series is exceptionally well written, leaving the reader hanging for every page, and desperate to see Lizzie triumph in the face of adversity. It’s got a rich mix of historical content, circus adventure and detective story, which should appeal to fans of Sherlock Holmes, steampunk and anyone who likes a strong, feisty heroine saving the day.
Lizzie Brown and Fitzy's Travelling Circus are guests of the Earl of Galloway. They are staying at his grand home in Scotland, the Red Castle, to help celebrate his son's birthday. While there, Lizzie reads the palm of a servant girl and sees her draped in the rich robes and jewellery of a lady. How could this be? The girl laughs off Lizzie's vision. But concealed deep within the castle walls is a secret so powerful that it could destroy the Galloway family, and overturn the order of things forever...
The Maharaja Duleep Singh invites Fitzy's Travelling Circus to Whitby, to stay in the grounds of his marvellous castle there. While witnessing the lavish lifestyle of the Maharaja and his friends, Lizzie has a vision that someone is plotting to steal one of his famous precious jewels. Is it an outsider? Or is it one of the many guests at the castle? It is up to the Penny Gaff Gang to track down the thief, with the help of the fisher folk who live nearby. They tell Lizzie and her friends that there is more to the mystery than meets the eye, and warn the Gang of the ghost ship that lurks in the harbour...
Lizzie Brown has escaped the slums of Victorian London and joined Fitzy's Travelling Circus. By accident, she discovers that she has an amazing ability: in a world of charlatans and tricksters, Lizzie may be the only truly clairvoyant palm reader in existence! While reading a client's palm, she sees shocking images of a masked man taking part in a violent robbery. Lizzie musters together her gang of circus children - the Penny Gaff Gang, all with their own amazing talents - to reveal the true identity of The Phantom robber.
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