About the book:
Kitty Peck is taking on the underworld of London’s East End.
The Music Hall Murders:
It’s 1880 and dancing girls are going missing from ‘Paradise’ – the criminal manor run with ruthless efficiency by the ferocious Lady Ginger. The Lady devises a singular scheme to discover the secret to the mystery, and suddenly seventeen-year-old music hall seamstress Kitty Peck is drawn into a web of blackmail, depravity and murder. Bold, impetuous and blessed with more brains than she cares to admit, Kitty, with the help of her stagehand friend, Lucca, is left to unravel the truth and ensure that more girls do not meet with a similar fate.
The Child of Ill-Fortune:
A year later, and Kitty Peck is the reluctant heiress to ‘Paradise’. Far from the colour and camaraderie of the music hall where Kitty had been working, this new position brings with it isolation and uncertainty. Desperate to reconnect with Joey, her estranged brother, Kitty travels to Paris, but the joy of the reunion is overshadowed by his request for her to take a child back to London. Within days of her return it’s clear that someone has followed them – and that this someone is determined to kill the child, along with anyone who stands in their way…
Review by Katy Haye:
This came to me as a recommendation and I’m glad it did. I bought the boxset of two mysteries and devoured them in two days. The Music Hall Murders was an excellent yarn combining mystery, thriller and historical within YA. I liked Kitty and there were plenty of twists and turns to keep me interested. I kept predicting who she could trust and who she couldn’t – and getting it completely wrong. The world-building was absolutely glorious, I was transported to Kitty’s grubby, gritty London. And the resolution was good, tinged with sadness but realistic.
And then The Child of Ill-fortune. Well. I’ll admit, this niggled a bit while I was reading. I thought Kitty was getting distracted and that the barons would make mincemeat of her. I also thought the premise of the child didn’t hold up (sorry to be cryptic, but I don’t want to spoil any of it). Now, don’t worry because it does hold up in the end, although if Kitty’s as smart as she needs to be the truth about the baby’s parents should have occurred to her. I still think the barons might make mincemeat of her, but, oh my, that ending! That’s going to stay with me quite some time. Absolutely heartbreaking.
Katy Haye is reading her way through the alphabet during 2017. Check in next week for her review of her “L” read. When not reading, she writes speculative fiction for YA readers. Creeping sci-fi mystery, Discord, is now available.