Genre: Historical Fiction / Mystery
Synopsis: 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…
200words (or less) review: Sophie Taylor is an orphan, formally of good standing she is now working at Sinclair’s Department Store. The most famous department store in the world they say and it isn’t even open yet. Teased by the shop girls for being too high and mighty Sophie is glad when she finally makes not one friend but two. Lilian Rose one of the Captain Girls and Billy. Helping Billy out of trouble is what leads to Sophie being in trouble.
While Sophie is the main focus for most of the book the third-person narration shifts between her, Lilian, Billy and Joe. My favourite character was Lilian; she’s self-assured, loyal and brave. Sophie is still finding herself and there are hints promising more revelations in future. (Although I have a suspicion I can guess what one of them is.)
Loved getting lost in the descriptions of Sinclair’s, when Sophie first takes a walk around I had a panoramic cinema view going on in my head.
I read The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow in one afternoon, Sunday afternoon as it happens. Highly recommend it with some tea and biscuits (or cake).