Friday, September 12, 2014

Review: The Case of the Stolen Sixpence by Holly Webb, Marion Lindsay

In the tradition of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries comes The Mysteries of Maisie Hitchins!
Twelve-year-old Maisie is a noticing sort of person. Thats why she is convinced she would make an excellent detective if she ever got the chance! But instead of detecting, she spends her days polishing the banisters at her grandmother's boarding house or fetching fish for the lodgers' dinner. In The Case of the Stolen Sixpence, Maisie's big chance to prove herself finally arrives when crime strikes her Victorian London neighborhood. While the grown-ups turn a blind eye to the whodunit and justice goes un-served, Maisie and her canine sidekick, Eddie, search the streets for clues to crack the case.
This first book in a series features black and white illustrations and a rollicking mystery complete with tricks, disguises, danger, and a little dog too!

I like a good mystery and this book did not disappoint.

In The Case of the Stolen Sixpence, Maisie dreams of being a detective and she gets her chance when one of her friends is accused of stealing even though he insists he didn't do it. Can Maisie solve the puzzle with the help of her puppy Eddie, friend Alice and the other boarders in her grandmother's house?

This book reminded me of Nancy Drew Notebooks but set in England. The drawings are also really cute and reminds me of another children's book series that I can't remember right now but which I also liked.

The characters in the book, especially the boarders, are also so likable. They seem quite interesting and are all so nice to Maisie, which isn't difficult because Maisie is such a sweet and charming child.

The mystery was more complicated than I imagined and I'm happy that it ultimately was a happy ending. This book definitely left me wanting to read more about Maisie's friends and her adventures.

Thanks to NetGalley and HMH Books for Young Readers for the e-ARC.


  1. The characters are interesting and likable.
  2. The mystery isn't as simple as it seems.
  3. The ending is happy for almost everyone.


  1. You'll have to wait until next year for the next book in the series. 


  1. You like Nancy Drew.
  2. You like sweet and interesting characters.
  3. Your little girl dreams of becoming a detective. 




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