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Coming late to the party I thought to review book three before the other books would not be practical so I got hold of book one and two and really got into this series in a big way. The series is intended for middle-grade youngsters but this will appeal to adults also. the storylines are good, I was intrigued to find out where the painting was hidden (Lady in Red) it is a really clever story with characters overcoming fears which I think is good for young adults and grown-ups alike. I couldn't wait to read this till the end - and I must admit I was not quite expecting the ending. Due for publication 28th October (just in time for half term) well recommended and I hear that although this was intended as a trilogy there maybe another on the way - watch this space.
Jane Brown, A LoveReading4Kids Ambassador
This is the third book in the Eye Spy series about Alex and Donna Macintyre and their detective service, Eye Spy Investigations.
Alex is afraid of snakes, so when his sister Donna befriends Jake, an Australian boy with a pet snake called Queenie, he isn't happy. Jake is staying with the O'Connor family at Acacia Villa, once the home of Victorian artist, Gabriel Pascoe. When the artist's great grandson, Fred Pascoe, tells the twins how Gabriel Pascoe's most famous painting, Lady in Red, went missing seventy years ago, they volunteer to try and find out what happened to it.
While their father, an inventor, is preparing for the official launch of his most successful invention, a search and rescue robot, Alex and Donna pursue their search for the missing masterpiece. Then Acacia Villa itself is threatened with demolition. It looks as if their new friends will lose their home, and Holcombe Bay will lose an important historic building. They suspect that Mr Mortimer, the man who wants to demolish Acacia Villa, may know the true location of Lady in Red. But he is a friend of the twins' mother, and the godfather of their baby half-sister, Sophie. Criticising him could open up family rifts, which have only recently healed.
Then Queenie the snake goes missing, and a train of events is set in motion which leads the twins and their new friends into terrible danger. Help comes from an unexpected quarter, but will it arrive too late? Can Alex overcome his fear of snakes? And will the twins ever be able to return Lady in Red to its rightful owner?
|Publication date:||28th October 2019|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers, 9+ readers|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery|
Tessa Buckley was an inveterate scribbler as a child, and spent much of her time writing and illustrating stories. After studying Interior Design, she spent fifteen years working for architects and designers. She took up writing again after her young daughter complained that she couldn’t find enough adventure stories to read. This led, in 2016, to the publication of Eye Spy, the first in a series of detective stories for 9-12 year olds, designed to encourage reluctant readers. The second book in the series, Haunted, was a finalist in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards 2017. Tessa lives with ...More About Tessa Buckley