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Black Cats and Butlers

Written by Janine Beacham

Part of the Rose Raventhorpe Investigates Series

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Black Cats and Butlers Review

Crime / Mystery Debuts of the Month Featured Books for 7+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers Funny Historical Fiction Recommended Children's eBooks

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



Black Cats and Butlers Synopsis

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?


Black Cats and Butlers Reader Reviews

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.'
  • Toby Little, age 9 - 'I liked the book because it has a really good storyline, and I kept asking myself what would happen next. I would recommend this book to anybody who likes an action-packed book.'
  • Elizabeth Bridgeman - 'This book is thrilling!..The rating will definitely be 5 stars...This is set in the Victorian times... but is not boring it is very fast and interesting.'
  • Ella O'Gorman - 'There is a mix of light and dark moments in this book that together make it a fascinating read and there is a great combination of characters.'
  • Suhaiba Khan, age 9 - 'Once I picked the book I did not want to put it down.  This book made me use my imagination it was like I was a teacher.  It was a good book.'
  • Emily Yates - 'Black Cats and Butlers is a great murder mystery story.  There are many unexpected turns to keep you guessing about the identity of the murderer and thief.  I really enjoyed this book.'

Black Cats and Butlers Press Reviews

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

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ISBN: 9781510201286
Publication date: 09/03/2017
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers an imprint of Hachette Children's Group
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781510201286
Publication date: 9th March 2017
Author: Janine Beacham
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers an imprint of Hachette Children's Group
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 272 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Crime / Mystery, Funny, Historical Fiction
Recommendations: Debuts of the Month, Julia Eccleshare's Picks, eBooks, Reviewed by Children

About Janine Beacham

Janine Beacham is a former journalist but gave up journalism to raise her family. Instead she found herself concentrating on writing fiction. She has always loved fairy tales and fantasy, and as a child would make up games for her friends to play at school. Janine once won a competition where the prize was a real-life butler – which partly inspired the secret society of butlers in the Rose Raventhorpe Investigates series. Janine lives in Western Australia with her family. 

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