The Case of the Stolen Sixpence

Author: Holly Webb

Illustrator: Marion Lindsay

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Series: Maisie Hitchens #1

Genre: Middle Grade, Mystery

Release Date: September 2, 2014

Format: eArc from NetGalley

When George, the butcher’s boy, is fired for stealing coins from the till, Maisie knows in her heart he is innocent. With her little dog Eddie as the Watson to her Sherlock Holmes, Maisie uses her budding detective skills to solve the mystery of the stolen sixpence, vindicate her old friend, and even help a new friend in need. {goodreads.com}

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My Review:

This was a good little mystery. It was light on the mystery and light on the history, but this did not make it a bad story.

 

The Case of the Stolen Six Pence is a middle grade mystery that is set in Victorian London, where Maisie Hitchens is suppose to be helping her grandmother run a boarding house.  I say supposed to because she is more interested in observing and monitoring her neighborhood for potential mystery rather than cleaning rooms, and running errands. One day Maisie gets her HARD mystery. She finds a puppy and she wants to know WHO tried to drown him, which leads her to go in search of the culprit. She also discovers that the local butcher boy lost his job, and she wants to know WHY? This little cases make up for a very light mystery that keeps the reader interested.

 

Maisie is a very likeable character that will quickly connect with any true middle grade reader. However, I did rate this as only three curmudgeons because I believe that there could have been more, and it could have been more dark. Yes, I know this book is for children, but that does not mean that you should shy away from the bad. But it was enjoyable, and I would truly recommend this to a very curious middle grade reader.

Rating3

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