The Sinclair’s Mysteries is a thrilling series of children’s books written by Katherine Woodfine. The series is set in Edwardian London and follows the adventures of Sophie Taylor, a young girl who becomes embroiled in a series of mysteries and conspiracies surrounding Sinclair's department store, where she works as a shop assistant. The series is full of intrigue, suspense, and twists and turns that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.
The first book in the series is titled The Clockwork Sparrow and introduces us to Sophie, a young girl who is determined to make a success of herself in the big city. Sophie’s world is turned upside down when a valuable object, the clockwork sparrow, is stolen from Sinclair’s department store. Sophie becomes embroiled in a dangerous plot to steal the sparrow, and she must use her wits and bravery to solve the mystery and save the day.
The second book, The Jewelled Moth, takes Sophie on another thrilling adventure. This time, she is tasked with helping a young heiress retrieve a stolen piece of jewellery, the jewelled moth. The mystery takes her to the seedy underworld of London’s East End, where she encounters a group of dangerous criminals and must rely on her quick thinking and courage to survive.
The third book, The Painted Dragon, sees Sophie investigating the mysterious disappearance of a priceless painting from Sinclair’s department store. This time, Sophie is joined by a new friend, Billy, who helps her navigate the dangerous world of art thieves and forgers. Together, they must solve the mystery and bring the culprits to justice.
One of the strengths of The Sinclair’s Mysteries series is the vivid portrayal of Edwardian London. Woodfine’s attention to detail creates a rich and immersive world that readers will find both familiar and fascinating. From the bustling streets of the West End to the murky alleys of the East End, the series takes readers on a journey through a bygone era.
Another strength of the series is the character development of Sophie. Over the course of the books, we see her grow from a timid shop assistant into a brave and resourceful detective. Her determination, intelligence, and courage make her a compelling and inspiring protagonist, and readers will find themselves rooting for her every step of the way.
The Sinclair’s Mysteries series is a must-read for any budding young detective. With its intriguing plotlines, engaging characters, and vivid setting, the series is sure to captivate readers of all ages. Whether you’re a fan of historical fiction, detective stories, or just a good old-fashioned adventure, you won’t be disappointed by Katherine Woodfine’s thrilling series.
Titles In This Set:
- The Midnight Peacock
- The Painted Dragon
- The Clockwork Sparrow
- The Jewelled Moth
From the publisher:
The Midnight Peacock
A fast-paced historical mystery adventure for readers aged 9+ years, with gorgeous Edwardian period detail. Perfect for fans of Chris Riddell's Goth Girl series, Enid Blyton and Robin Stevens's Murder Most Unladylike series. You are cordially invited to Sinclair’s Midnight Peacock Ball! The festive season has come to Sinclair’s, and Sophie and Lil are spending the holidays at snowy Winter Hall. But it turns out that this is no ordinary house party. As sinister secrets come to light, our intrepid heroines find themselves faced with a more baffling mystery than ever before! With the help of their friends, can they uncover the truth in time to foil a truly diabolical plot? Or will Mr Sinclair’s New Year’s Eve Midnight Peacock Ball spell disaster for the dauntless young detectives? Prepare for shocks and surprises in the thrilling conclusion to the Sinclair’s Mysteries! Praise for The Midnight Peacock: 'Katherine Woodbine brings her tautly plotted Edwardian series.
The Painted Dragon
A fast-paced historical mystery adventure for readers aged 9+ years, with gorgeous Edwardian period detail. Perfect for fans of Chris Riddell's Goth Girl series, Enid Blyton and Robin Stevens's Murder Most Unladylike series. When a priceless painting is stolen, our dauntless heroines Sophie and Lil face forgery, trickery and deceit on all sides! Be amazed as the brave duo pit their wits against this perilous puzzle! Marvel at their cunning plan to unmask the villain and prove themselves detectives to be reckoned with – no matter what dangers lie ahead. It’s their most perilous adventure yet!
The Clockwork Sparrow
You are cordially invited to attend the Grand Opening of Sinclair's department store! Enter a world of bonbons, hats, perfumes and Mysteries around every corner. Wonder at the daring theft of the priceless Clockwork Sparrow! Tremble as the most Dastardly criminals in London enact their wicked plans! Gasp as our bold heroines, Miss Sophie Taylor and Miss Lilian Rose, Crack Codes, Devour Iced Buns and vow to bring the villains to justice. The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow is the first book in a sumptuous mystery-adventure series for 9+ readers, full of vivid Edwardian period detail. Perfect for fans of Chris Riddell, Enid Blyton, Robin Stevens' Murder Most Unladylike and Nancy Drew. The next title in the series, The Mystery of the Jewelled Moth, was published in March 2016. Cover and interior illustrations by Julia Sarda. "A wonderful book, with a glorious heroine and a true spirit of adventure." (Katherine Rundell, award-winning author of Rooftoppers Katie, age 10 for lovereading4kids.com)
The Jewelled Moth
A follow-up to the novel, The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow, this title of the Jewelled Moth! Marvel as our heroines, Sophie and Lil, don cunning disguises, mingle in high society and munch many cucumber sandwiches to solve this curious case! Applaud their bravery as they follow a trail of terrible secrets that leads straight to London's most dangerous criminal mastermind, and could put their own lives at risk. It will be the most thrilling event of the season! Cover and interior illustrations by Julia Sarda. Praise for The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow: "A wonderful book, with a glorious heroine and a true spirit of adventure". (Katherine Rundell, author of Rooftoppers). "A real page-turner, it has murders, spies and gangs of thieves. Thrilling!". (Indiana, aged 10, Love Reading for Kids reviewer). "Dastardliness on a big scale is uncovered.
You are cordially invited to read The Sinclair's Mysteries 4 book collection from Katherine Woodfine. Enter the world of bonbons, hats, perfumes and mysteries around every corner. This four-book mystery collection is full of splendid adventures and bold heroines who must solve a series of troubling mysteries. This set includes the bestselling The Clockwork Sparrow, which was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize, long-listed for the Branford Boase Award and nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal. This set is perfect for children aged 9-14 and is an easy read for reluctant readers.
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