Lyn Gardner

Rose Campion and the Curse of the Doomstone

She's back! I loved 'Rose Campion and the Stolen Secret' (reviewed here) so you can imagine how excited I was when a copy of the new mystery- 'Rose Campion and the Curse of the Doomstone'- landed on my doormat!

Rose and all her friends are enjoying booming business at Campion's Palace of Variety and Wonders and with Gandini, the Great Wizard of the North, soon to be topping the bill, things can only get better.

However, when the Star of the Sea (a priceless diamond) is stolen from the neck of the beautiful actress, Lydia Duchamps, during his performance, things start to go wrong. Is the curse of the diamond- known as the Doomstone due to its disturbing history- about to strike Rose and her friends?

Once again, Lyn Gardner weaves a tale of murder, deception and intrigue which makes entertaining and compelling reading. Victorian London is vividly described, from Newgate Gaol to high society, setting the scene for Rose and her friends' adventures as they solve the crime.

Rose is such a strong, intelligent character and her relationships with others are at the heart of the story. Confident, loyal and full of energy, the reader is also allowed glimpses of her more vulnerable side, making her a fully rounded character. Characterisation in general is a great strength of this novel with its pages full of well developed individuals.

I started 'Rose Campion and the Curse of the Doomstone' with high expectations and was not disappointed. Now the problem is- how am I going to wait for her next mystery?

Rose Campion and the Curse of the Doomstone by Lyn Gardner

Nosy Crow     ISBN: 9780857638441

Rose Campion and the Stolen Secret

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

JAB- favourite books of 2016! (part 2)

Choose ONE favourite book!?! Impossible! So here are a few..!

Picture Book:

SO many to choose from, but my choice is...

Odd Dog Out by Rob Biddulph.

I simply adore this book! It's message is so clear and strong- and much needed. In a society that seems obsessed with creating clones, it is wonderful to find such a humorous, passionate celebration of being an individual.

Each page is a visual delight with so many quirky details to spot that the book begs to be read and looked at again and again and again! So for all those of us 'whistling a different tune', for those who would like to - and even for those happiest blending in, this is the perfect book!

Read Aloud:

Rose Campion and the Stolen Secret

by Lyn Gardner

Brilliantly exciting, this is a real page turner. Full of great characters and a gripping plot, Rose Campion is a fabulous mystery story for all to enjoy.

I shall say no more- you need to read it for yourself!

Quality Fiction:

The Wilderness Wars- Julia Green

Celebrating the joy of playing outside, skinning your knees, climbing trees and only going home at teatime, The Wilderness Wars is a fabulous story about friendship and fighting for things which are important to you. Great read- and lots of great ideas for things to do in the back!

Older Readers:

London Belongs To Us- Sarra Manning

Such a good read, combining wonderful London sights and sounds with an excellent story. When she sees her boyfriend kissing someone else, Sunny is on a mission to track him down. On doing so, she meets a whole host of wonderful characters- and learns a lot about life, love...and herself! Add it to your 'must read' list now!

Cell 7- Kerry Drewery

Chilling! A horrifying possibility of things to come...


The Secret Cooking Club- Laurel Remington

Another must read..!


The Great Fire of London by Emma Adams, illustrated by James Weston Lewis

The perfect book to commemorate the 350th anniversary of this significant event in English history! Beautifully illustrated, informative and fascinatinging- what more could you ask for?!


A Poem for Every Night of the Year-

edited by Allie Esiri, illustrated by Zanna Goldhawk

This is a fabulous collection of poems old and new. There are poems commemorating historic events, festivals, traditions...from all over the world! Each poem has a brief introductory comment. Today's poem- one of my all time favourites- Talking Turkeys by Benjamin Zephaniah!

I could go on...and on and on... but I'll stop there. So Many books; so little time!