"A perfect blend of spookiness, mystery and humour"
Eleven-year-old Theodosia Throckmorton’s parents are curators at the Museum of Legends and Antiquities in London, a kind of rival to the British Museum. Unknown to them, their daughter has a special gift and can ‘see’ curses on the ancient artefacts her mother brings back from her expeditions (it’s the early 20th century and attitudes to relic ownership is much more relaxed than it is now).
Deliciously for readers, there are lots of curses and removing them involves Theodosia in all sorts of magicking and spellcasting, quite a lot of it done at night in the museum. Things get even more thrilling when her mother returns with the ‘Heart of Egypt’, excavated from the tomb of Thutmose III himself. It has particular powers which make it appealing to Britain’s enemies.
Before you can say ‘Indiana Jones’, Theodosia is involved with a secret society of spies, and charged with the task of returning the jewel to its rightful place in the tomb. The adventures come thick and fast and call for all her courage and resourcefulness. Theodosia is an excellent narrator with a great line in deadpan humour and her adventures will appeal to all those with a taste for spooky, historical capers.