The unlined wooden coffin had been placed on the great dining table of Easingford Hall.The coffin maker stepped back to allow the new Lord of Easingford, Henry Edgar Easingford, to approach the open coffin. His eyes midnight dark, Lord Henry placed the tiny corpse of his nephew, Edward, into the coffin, next to the body of the child's dead mother, Lily.
'You can't read your class that- they'll have nightmares!' I was told! Not a bit of it! They loved every second and were on the edge of their seats.
Rose Campion and the Stolen Secret is -quite simply- an excellent read. Fast paced and action packed with chilling villains and strong heroes/ heroines, it is a compelling page turner.
Miserable at Miss Pecksniff's Academy for Young Ladies where she has been sent by her well meaning guardian, Thomas Campion, Rose has had enough and decides to climb down a drainpipe and head for home.
Once back at Campion's Palace of Varieties and Wonders, Rose and her friends find themselves caught up in the mystery of a disappearing actor...
To say much more about the plot might spoil the pleasure of reading the book, so I will leave it there. Suffice it to say that Victorian London is brought vividly to life and there are enough twists and turns to keep everyone on their toes!
Rose Campion and the Stolen Secret by Lyn Gardner
Nosy Crow ISBN: 978-0857634863