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Sherlock meets Shakespeare in this time-travel mystery with a twist of magic.
Visiting an old manor house is hardly Katie’s idea of an adventure. But then, Otterly Manor is not just any old house…
When an enchanted painting whisks Katie back in time to Shakespeare’s England, she lands in the middle of a perilous adventure beyond her wildest imagination. Luckily, she finds an ally in Sophia, a young princess who disguises Katie as her chambermaid. But before Katie has time to find her feet, murder strikes at the King’s Banquet, sending Otterly Manor into mayhem.
Can Katie navigate through a maze of suspicious maids, looming lords, and one very peculiar master painter to discover the true villain before it’s too late?
If she succeeds, could she lose her chance of ever getting home again?
I received this book from the author for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.
Taken back to the history of the house she is visiting for the summer, Katie finds herself stuck in the midst of a murder mystery that only she seems to be able to solve. With the help of her friends, and her Sherlock Holmes book, she sets out to discover what really happened at the King’s banquet…
Katie Watson and the Painter’s Plot is such a great book, especially for those girls who can’t get enough of Nancy Drew or Trixie Belden! Drawing inspiration heavily from Arthur Connon Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles, young readers are introduced to classics such as Sherlock and Shakespeare, while also finding themes such as time-travel and magic that are so popular in their currently available books.
The story itself is fast paced and full of twists and turns and Katie and her friends are sure to capture the hearts of any of her readers, young or old! I can honestly say that this is a book that I wish I’d have had as a middle-grader and I know without a doubt that it would be a childhood favorite if I did have a copy!
The faith and morals that are presented in this book do not classify it as a “Christian” book, but fellow Christian readers will certainly enjoy Princess Sofia’s faith, even amidst the trials she faces. There is absolutely no cursing and the content is completely clean.
I give this book 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it very highly!