While Sophie raced off in hot pursuit of the enemy in their last adventure, Lil has returned to London. She is sure that the Bureau is keeping something about Sophie from her and when sent on her next mission, she decides to take matters into her own hands and makes a slight detour to Russia to uncover the truth. However, she finds herself not only unsure of who to trust, but also unsure of her feelings. Will she manage to find Sophie and will everyone survive this time?
I have delayed reviewing this book because although it is my favourite book by Katherine Woodfine so far, I am sulking with her because of something that happens in the story! However, it is such a good read that I have given in!
Well-paced and engaging from page one, ‘Spies in St. Petersburg’ is an excellent read, full of wonderful description. Lil shines through in all she does, captivating all she meets. Sophie continues in her gentle way, yet is made of stern stuff and always comes through in a crisis. A whole cast of new characters enrich the story and there are plenty of humorous moments alongside the tension and intrigue. Russia and its history make a rich background to the story- I want to visit now more than ever!
This is a must read story for anyone who enjoys a compelling mystery. There is an agonising and unexpected twist for those familiar with the characters from the Sinclair Mysteries books which means that everyone will be eagerly awaiting the next instalment with bated breath. I, for one, hope we don’t have to wait too long!
Taylor and Rose Secret Agents: Spies in St. Petersburg Katherine Woodfine,
illustrated by Karl James Mountford
Egmont ISBN: 978-1405287050