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The honour of your company is requested at lord beaucastle's fancy dress ball. Wonder at the puzzling disappearance of the Jewelled Moth! Marvel as our heroines, Sophie and Lil, don cunning disguises, mingle in high society and munch many cucumber sandwiches to solve this curious case! Applaud their bravery as they follow a trail of terrible secrets that leads straight to The honour of your company is requested at lord beaucastle's fancy dress ball. Wonder at the puzzling disappearance of the Jewelled Moth! Marvel as our heroines, Sophie and Lil, don cunning disguises, mingle in high society and munch many cucumber sandwiches to solve this curious case! Applaud their bravery as they follow a trail of terrible secrets that leads straight to London's most dangerous criminal mastermind, and could put their own lives at risk...It will be the most thrilling event of the season! This is a fast-paced and compelling mystery adventure with gorgeous Edwardian period detail, this is Mr Selfridge meets Nancy Drew!


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The honour of your company is requested at lord beaucastle's fancy dress ball. Wonder at the puzzling disappearance of the Jewelled Moth! Marvel as our heroines, Sophie and Lil, don cunning disguises, mingle in high society and munch many cucumber sandwiches to solve this curious case! Applaud their bravery as they follow a trail of terrible secrets that leads straight to The honour of your company is requested at lord beaucastle's fancy dress ball. Wonder at the puzzling disappearance of the Jewelled Moth! Marvel as our heroines, Sophie and Lil, don cunning disguises, mingle in high society and munch many cucumber sandwiches to solve this curious case! Applaud their bravery as they follow a trail of terrible secrets that leads straight to London's most dangerous criminal mastermind, and could put their own lives at risk...It will be the most thrilling event of the season! This is a fast-paced and compelling mystery adventure with gorgeous Edwardian period detail, this is Mr Selfridge meets Nancy Drew!

30 review for The Mystery of the Jewelled Moth

  1. 5 out of 5

    Stacey (prettybooks)

    This is a review of both The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow and The Mystery of the Jewelled Moth, but does not contain spoilers about either. I'm a big fan of middle grade mysteries, so The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow was pretty high on my TBR. I've always enjoyed ornate department stores. I love taking my time, carefully discovering the delights each floor has to offer (I must admit, the food hall is a firm favourite). Sinclair's, a luxury department store in London's Piccadilly, is the p This is a review of both The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow and The Mystery of the Jewelled Moth, but does not contain spoilers about either. I'm a big fan of middle grade mysteries, so The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow was pretty high on my TBR. I've always enjoyed ornate department stores. I love taking my time, carefully discovering the delights each floor has to offer (I must admit, the food hall is a firm favourite). Sinclair's, a luxury department store in London's Piccadilly, is the perfect setting for Sophie Taylor's story. Sophie is an orphan and young employee at Sinclair's, determined to track down the violent thief who's stolen a priceless clockwork sparrow from the store. But an even bigger mystery emerges while on her adventures, accompanied by new best friends Lillian, Billy and Joe. And The Mystery of the Jewelled Moth takes us out of the extravagance that is Sinclair's and onto the impoverished and grimy streets of early 1900s East End of London, where danger lurks around every corner – particularly the formidable Baron's Boys, villains we're introduced to in the first book. Katherine Woodfine's series is an utter delight, with its intricate Edwardian setting and colourful characters. I loved devouring stories of bonbons and iced buns, beautiful dresses and hats - and even the rich, snobby customers! The incredible setting mixed with our brave and intelligent protagonists make for two marvellous stories. I loved accompanying Sophie and Lil as they cracked codes, duped debutantes, and solved conundrums, secrets and puzzles - not bad for a day's work! And we meet many more lovable – and even odious – characters along the way. The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow series is perfect for fans of Enid Blyton and Murder Most Unladylike. Stay tuned for The Mystery of the Painted Dragon – I'm looking forward to spending more time at Sinclair's! Thank you to the publisher for providing this book for review! I also reviewed this book over on Pretty Books.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ruby Granger

    I read the first book in this series ('The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow') last year and really loved the quintessential nature of Woodfine's Victorian London. I am largely interested in this period and so the references to everyday occurrences, items and expressions was deeply comforting and warming. I also enjoyed the frequent snippets from the Guide for Debuntes! Aside from this, the mystery itself is interesting and, whilst I did not feel the same LEVEL of suspense as I did in the first bo I read the first book in this series ('The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow') last year and really loved the quintessential nature of Woodfine's Victorian London. I am largely interested in this period and so the references to everyday occurrences, items and expressions was deeply comforting and warming. I also enjoyed the frequent snippets from the Guide for Debuntes! Aside from this, the mystery itself is interesting and, whilst I did not feel the same LEVEL of suspense as I did in the first book, I enjoyed it nonetheless.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Robin Stevens

    Exciting, mysterious, glamorous and totally delicious, this second book in the series is even better than the first. It reminded me hugely of Philip Pullman's Sally Lockheart books (my absolute favourites) - safe to say I loved it! Exciting, mysterious, glamorous and totally delicious, this second book in the series is even better than the first. It reminded me hugely of Philip Pullman's Sally Lockheart books (my absolute favourites) - safe to say I loved it!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    I recently read the first book in the Sinclair's Mystery Series and overall enjoyed it. This book started off strong but then after the first fifty pages or so it really started to drag and I was not that interested. I think the main problem for me was that the Sinclair department store was not at the center as the previous one. I enjoyed being in the hustle and bustle of the store and meeting the different workers and customers. I am not sure if I will be continuing on after this. I recently read the first book in the Sinclair's Mystery Series and overall enjoyed it. This book started off strong but then after the first fifty pages or so it really started to drag and I was not that interested. I think the main problem for me was that the Sinclair department store was not at the center as the previous one. I enjoyed being in the hustle and bustle of the store and meeting the different workers and customers. I am not sure if I will be continuing on after this.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Katerina Kondrenko

    4 out of 10 Ugh. Gave the series a second chance and it didn't work. I guess it's the writing. I also not a fan of the setting (all these virtues, manners and such). 4 out of 10 Ugh. Gave the series a second chance and it didn't work. I guess it's the writing. I also not a fan of the setting (all these virtues, manners and such).

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sophie

    I fell in love with Sinclair's apartment store and the Victorian London setting within a few pages of the previous novel in the series. The Jewelled Moth introduced us to Limehouse and its residents, who I hope to see return in the other Sinclair Mysteries. The Jewelled Moth overall is an exciting sequel full of history, storytelling, cucumber sandwiches and extravagant gowns. There was somewhat a lack of character development but there are more mysteries to discover for that. Just when I was sl I fell in love with Sinclair's apartment store and the Victorian London setting within a few pages of the previous novel in the series. The Jewelled Moth introduced us to Limehouse and its residents, who I hope to see return in the other Sinclair Mysteries. The Jewelled Moth overall is an exciting sequel full of history, storytelling, cucumber sandwiches and extravagant gowns. There was somewhat a lack of character development but there are more mysteries to discover for that. Just when I was slightly disappointed with the outcome of the Baron's identity the author turned the story around, breaking apart a completed puzzle. I may wait a while but I would like to read the next book in the series.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ella Storey

    In this book, it is guaranteed that you will: . Wonder at the puzzling disappearance of the jeweled Moth! . Marvel as Miss Sophie Taylor and Miss Lillian Rose create cunning disguises! . Applaud their bravery as they follow a trail of terrible secrets that leads straight to London's most dangerous criminal master mind and could put heir own lives at risk! IT WILL BE THE MOST THRILLING EVENT OF THE SEASON! I love this book so much and as it so happens, I accidentally read the Taylor & Rose Mysteries b In this book, it is guaranteed that you will: . Wonder at the puzzling disappearance of the jeweled Moth! . Marvel as Miss Sophie Taylor and Miss Lillian Rose create cunning disguises! . Applaud their bravery as they follow a trail of terrible secrets that leads straight to London's most dangerous criminal master mind and could put heir own lives at risk! IT WILL BE THE MOST THRILLING EVENT OF THE SEASON! I love this book so much and as it so happens, I accidentally read the Taylor & Rose Mysteries beforehand (which, by the way, are very good) even though they came after the Sinclair Mysteries, but I didn't know that at the time. I recommend this book fore those of you who like detective stories. This book is set in the 1900s and the author has really made the book come to life and it is like I am there and witnessing Sophie and Lil in action infront off my eyes! If you haven't read it before and are looking for something to read, this novel would be a good choice!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tim

    'I daresay we'll meet again.' Just a few months after the first book has ended - it's set in 1909, by the way - the second part takes off. All four novels take place in one year. The major characters are all known by now, so it's clearly time to delve deeper into the mystery of who the Baron really is. It might seem surprising, really, since we're only halfway through the series at the end of The Jewelled Moth, but this is the story in which many questions are answered. New ones pop up too, of 'I daresay we'll meet again.' Just a few months after the first book has ended - it's set in 1909, by the way - the second part takes off. All four novels take place in one year. The major characters are all known by now, so it's clearly time to delve deeper into the mystery of who the Baron really is. It might seem surprising, really, since we're only halfway through the series at the end of The Jewelled Moth, but this is the story in which many questions are answered. New ones pop up too, of course, especially about Sophie's parents' background, but as far as the Baron is concerned we're already given a good image of who he is. Even more astonishing perhaps, is the fact that you can already see his empire slowly crumbling. Sophie, Lil and their friends clearly aren't good for business. You'd think that would start happening later on in the series, perhaps near the end of Book 3 - The Painted Dragon, but that's clearly not how Woodfine works. She does want to give us some of the answers throughout the entire series, in bits and pieces, and not just one big info dump at the end. We also meet some other new characters who'll be returning in the rest of the series. Especially Veronica is striking: she grows from an annoying, sullen character into someone who clearly starts developing her own ideas and ideals. And she forms a good relationship with Sophie and Lil too - grudgingly at first, more naturally later on. As for Sophie and Lil, they're just as awesome as they were in Book 1. Perfect in every way. The story takes off much faster than in the first book. From the very first chapter it's clear what the problem is. The author does incorporate some calmer scenes as well, though, and I found myself breathing a little easier compared to The Clockwork Sparrow. I really needed to catch my breath sometimes, then, but I didn't have to do so with this book. There's a surprise waiting, of course. When you're more or less in the middle of the story, the initial mystery is solved. Then there's a very unexpected development, and it shoots off once more. Nice one! We also get to see a bit more of London this time. The first book was mostly limited to Sinclair's store itself, and a bit of its and Sophie and Lil's surroundings. Now we're visiting the East End (no, not the TV show) and some other places. It's really interesting to read about, especially since Woodfine also incorporates - again - small fragments of ordinary life not just in Sinclair's department store this time, but also of those other parts of London. Jolly well done! 9.7/10

  9. 5 out of 5

    Shawne

    Oh, I REALLY enjoyed this second book in the Sinclair's mystery series. It expands very well on what was charming and intriguing in the first novel, unravelling ever more of the trail of crimes and horror surrounding chief antagonist The Baron. I particularly loved the character of Mei - a plucky young British-Chinese girl living in China Town when it was still located in the East End at the turn of the last century. (The things I learn from YA fiction!) Woodfine does an excellent job of introduc Oh, I REALLY enjoyed this second book in the Sinclair's mystery series. It expands very well on what was charming and intriguing in the first novel, unravelling ever more of the trail of crimes and horror surrounding chief antagonist The Baron. I particularly loved the character of Mei - a plucky young British-Chinese girl living in China Town when it was still located in the East End at the turn of the last century. (The things I learn from YA fiction!) Woodfine does an excellent job of introducing Mei and her family, writing with quite sensitive, lovely insight about Mei's Chinese heritage and family traditions. I do only wish that Mei had been able to play more of an active role in the book - she fades into a supporting role about halfway through once the book's focus shifts to the Sinclair's gang. Woodfine is actually very ambitious with the multiple themes and ideas she has woven into her sophomore novel, and I think she mostly pulled it off with aplomb. Apart from delving into a part of the East End that is often left out in stories, she introduces us to the diametric opposite situation in terms of class, wealth and race - the debutante ball. The prim propriety of Veronica Whiteley's anticipated engagement to long-time bachelor Lord Beaucastle serves as a delightful counterpoint to the charming rough-and-tumble life we see unfolding in Limehouse. At the same time, Woodfine introduces a thread very much about the evils of colonialism, anchoring the plot on the theft of a precious jewel by a white man (named Wai Guo Ren, or Foreigner, by the Chinese villagers left in his criminal wake). We are not asked to swallow a more benign motivation for his decision to steal away an emblem of the sacred heritage of a culture he does not know. It's presented as what it is - an act of brutality, of war. Really enjoyed watching this band of young detectives grow and change throughout the case too. Lil remains an effervescent delight. Billy becomes more annoying and sanctimonious in his new job as Sinclair's office boy, though I suspect that's part of the point. Joe must come to terms with his trauma and the violent past he has escaped. And Sophie has family secrets yet to unravel - secrets which might even help explain why the nefarious Baron didn't simply have her eliminated at the end of the first book in the series (one of the plotholes that bothered me a little). Lots of fun. While there's lots of crimes to be had, this series seems to be shaping up to be more about espionage than pure murder/burglary. That was unexpected on my part, but is proving to be quite a charming twist in the tale!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Izzy Smith

    Oh wow. I really really really really really really really (two thousand more reallys) LOVED IT!!! 😁 (Spoilers!) 😐 Ok... I kinda got lost near the end with the Beaucastle not actually being the man he said he was, and the Baron and everything. It was pretty confusing! 🤔 I thought the story line was good with Mei and her family having a connection with the jeweled moth and Lord Beaucastle (aka the baron) and yeah... 😉 Ok some parts were kinda weird but they made sense near the end. I thought the whol Oh wow. I really really really really really really really (two thousand more reallys) LOVED IT!!! 😁 (Spoilers!) 😐 Ok... I kinda got lost near the end with the Beaucastle not actually being the man he said he was, and the Baron and everything. It was pretty confusing! 🤔 I thought the story line was good with Mei and her family having a connection with the jeweled moth and Lord Beaucastle (aka the baron) and yeah... 😉 Ok some parts were kinda weird but they made sense near the end. I thought the whole party (Veronica's coming out ball) near the end was really nice, and I liked reading about it. Mr Cooper (the sacked manager of Sinclairs') being Beaucastle's sneaky and annoying butler was good. 😏 The detail was good And I really enjoyed reading every chapter. 😜 The murder with Emily Montague dying, was good, and made sense. I thought All the characters are loveable. ❤ And the ending, with the REAL Baron trying to kill Lil, Sophie and Mei, along with Joe, and the Baron getting away and shooting the lights and the very last party at the Lim's house was all incredibly written! The book was filled with tons of party's but not so many buns unlike the first one! 😂 I can't wait to read the third one!!!!! And yeah... Highly recommend!!! 😊 I really really really (two hundred thousand more reallys) LOVED IT! 🤓

  11. 5 out of 5

    Alissa

    3.75 stars

  12. 5 out of 5

    Alisha

    So, I dived straight in to this after the first one, and if it's even possible...it's even better! We get to see a different side to London and there's new characters for us to get to know and enjoy! We still get the paper clippings, among other things, to break up the narrative, and each part now has an extract from the Etiquette for Debutantes book, which was oddly fascinating. To see how they where expected to act, and all the rules and things that we find strange and kind of insulting in thi So, I dived straight in to this after the first one, and if it's even possible...it's even better! We get to see a different side to London and there's new characters for us to get to know and enjoy! We still get the paper clippings, among other things, to break up the narrative, and each part now has an extract from the Etiquette for Debutantes book, which was oddly fascinating. To see how they where expected to act, and all the rules and things that we find strange and kind of insulting in this day and age! New character Mei greets us with her narrative, and it immediately intrigued me. I'd already seen the authors article about her research for this book, so I was excited to read all about this other China Town. Much like most other people...I was completely unaware of this other China town in London, and I'm kinda disappointed in myself because I'm a history nerd and yet I didn't know?! There's even a brilliant authors note at the back of the book with more information, and I'm feeling a trip out to that part of London to have a scout about! ANYWAY Mei's POV brought us right in to the story, and things are looking dire, the Baron is back and is extending his reach in to China Town and Mei's family are caught up in it. She gives us the rather interesting story that her Grandfather told, all about the Moonbeam Diamond and how their family looked after it. Man that story made me angry, because so typical of our people! In other words, Mei ties in perfectly with the story right from the beginning but it's a while before she comes in to play. But I loved her POV and seeing what life was like for her! We also have new character Veronica, through her we get all about the life of a debutante, which, much like the extracts, is oddly fascinating. While she wasn't always the nicest person, I did feel for her because she didn't have a lot of choice in her life, and she was always watched, and she even says at one point she has no choice because that's not how things are done. Then at the end I loved her even more because she did something completely unexpected and it was awesome! Much like the first book, the POV switches where brilliant, we just have two more POV's than usual. I love how in these books, they give you an extra insight in to the characters, and helps you to understand them, like Joe and his odd behaviour at points in this book. Each character has a distinctive voice and an entertaining narrative and you can always tell which character is narrating. All of our favourite characters are back and better than ever, Sophie is a lot happier, Lil is going for bigger things, and Joe is happy now that he has a job but is still wary of going to the Baron's Boy's territory. Billy in contrast, is just as meticulous with his notes as ever, but at times I wanted to smack him one because he was like "Miss Atwood this, Miss Atwood that" "I can't do that because of so and so" like seriously Billy!? I thought you lived for this stuff!? But then Sophie's probably right about him! I loved how everything tied together, especially between Mei and Veronica, from two incredibly separate worlds. It was brilliant! But then I knew from the first book that the author is brilliant at bringing all these different threads together and tying them up! I also like how the author showed the differences between Mei's part of London and the others. The different between Sinclair's and Mei's parent's shop. The difference between Piccadilly/Belgrave Square and Shadwell/Limehouse. It was fantastically done and very subtle. The mystery was solved surprisingly early on in the book...but it didn't end there. With the reveal of the culprit came more questions, and more threads because there was way more going on, than met the eye. The plot was even bigger than the previous book! There was an entire other mystery to solve, and I was just as gripped by this book, and the mystery. Again I worked out the culprit of the theft, but at the same time...I was surprised a million times because like I said, there was so much more going on that I couldn't even guess at! The build up to the climax and all the action in the book was brilliant and there were so many absolutely fantastic scenes in this book! The Debutante tea party, the entire ball sequence (which was both funny and full of suspense at the same time), the scene at the end with the Baron and the people of China Town, then McDermott showing up, and before that Pendleton and Veronica and all the others showing up, pure brilliance. Honestly, there where so many scenes that had me laughing as well as being on edge the very next second! This is such a brilliant sequel and every bit as fantastic as the first book, it's just as fun as the first book and just as easy to read, as well as keeping you on your toes! You can read it one go, and get completely lost in the book and I loved exploring a different side to London in this book! There's still more questions left to be answered, especially as there's some mini mysteries popping up. Like Sophie's parents. I'm convinced even more now that The Baron had something to do with Sophie's father's dodgy will and ya know...death. I'm waiting for it to all come out! But then there's another piece of the puzzle thrown in with her mother! I can't take it with all the mystery! Anyway, I'm sure we'll see the Baron again because he's all ominous like that. I'm so ridiculously excited for the next book because it sounds even more awesome, and I'm looking forward to watching Lil and Sophie become badass lady detectives!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Daphne

    This book was charming, much like the first one. The author really manages to capture a certain atmosphere, and I liked the things that were added in this book. The new characters fit in pretty well, and I can only hope they will make reappearances in later books. But I also noticed now how the story is really mainly focusing on Sophie and Lil, and I do like that as well. I enjoyed their relationship as much as I did in the first one, they really compliment each other well. These books are defin This book was charming, much like the first one. The author really manages to capture a certain atmosphere, and I liked the things that were added in this book. The new characters fit in pretty well, and I can only hope they will make reappearances in later books. But I also noticed now how the story is really mainly focusing on Sophie and Lil, and I do like that as well. I enjoyed their relationship as much as I did in the first one, they really compliment each other well. These books are definitely a recommendation if you're looking for a fun middle grade mystery series. They are mostly lighthearted, but also go into some dark things. I feel like it's a good middle ground, and incredibly atmospheric. I'll be continuing this series for sure.

  14. 4 out of 5

    17lords175

    This is a mystery book. It is the 2nd one in the series of I think 3 books. I really liked it as the tension was carried throughout the book which made you want to keep reading and not put it down. The book was very exiting and at some points quite scary as you didn’t know what was going to happen next. The ending was lovely up in till the end as it leads you onto the next book and it leaves you on a cliff hanger only to know if you read the next book. I would recommend this book to anyone who l This is a mystery book. It is the 2nd one in the series of I think 3 books. I really liked it as the tension was carried throughout the book which made you want to keep reading and not put it down. The book was very exiting and at some points quite scary as you didn’t know what was going to happen next. The ending was lovely up in till the end as it leads you onto the next book and it leaves you on a cliff hanger only to know if you read the next book. I would recommend this book to anyone who like to read mystery books and I think both girls and boys can read it, I would recommend the ages 12-16

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jannah Cloud Child

    Another deliciously fun romp, this time the crew are mixed up with a mysterious jewelled moth from an ancient Chinese tale. And the Baron is back. Again worth the read, but because of its middle grade audience there is more excitement, less character depth though not to say the characters aren't good, I just wanted a little more. A very easy read. Another deliciously fun romp, this time the crew are mixed up with a mysterious jewelled moth from an ancient Chinese tale. And the Baron is back. Again worth the read, but because of its middle grade audience there is more excitement, less character depth though not to say the characters aren't good, I just wanted a little more. A very easy read.

  16. 4 out of 5

    ☾ sarah :・゚✧

    3.5 this was so good ahhhh!!! it also added a lot to the mystery and i am very excited to read the next book. i felt like the first book neatly wrapped things up, but this definitely left some room for new questions. one thing though: WE NEEDED MORE JOE!!! i love him. the end really had me squealing and laughing--he's funny. 3.5 this was so good ahhhh!!! it also added a lot to the mystery and i am very excited to read the next book. i felt like the first book neatly wrapped things up, but this definitely left some room for new questions. one thing though: WE NEEDED MORE JOE!!! i love him. the end really had me squealing and laughing--he's funny.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    3.5 ⭐️ I liked this one, but not as much as the first. I think I missed the department store setting. I am loving the storyline of The Baron and can’t wait to see how his story ends by the 4th book.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    It's been awhile since I read the first in this series, but I think this follow-up was more enjoyable than the first installment. The world of a Selfridge-like department store in turn-of-the-century London comes alive for middle-grade readers. There's mystery, history, and debutantes. It's been awhile since I read the first in this series, but I think this follow-up was more enjoyable than the first installment. The world of a Selfridge-like department store in turn-of-the-century London comes alive for middle-grade readers. There's mystery, history, and debutantes.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kaitlin

    A definite 5 star ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ It was a really good book and I never wanted it to end! I'm exited to read the next one on the series! A definite 5 star ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ It was a really good book and I never wanted it to end! I'm exited to read the next one on the series!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kimmi

    I don't really know what to say! 😂😂 It was just as good as the first one - if not better! I totally recommend the whole series so far! I don't really know what to say! 😂😂 It was just as good as the first one - if not better! I totally recommend the whole series so far!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tammie

    Read- June 2021 for Whatever-A-Thon - It's been a fair while since I've read a middle grade historical mystery and I'm very glad I've picked this one up. Read- June 2021 for Whatever-A-Thon - It's been a fair while since I've read a middle grade historical mystery and I'm very glad I've picked this one up.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Debs

    Once again, a jolly good romp which I thoroughly enjoyed reading to my 12 year old. So many colourful characters and exciting plot twists - I had a lot of fun with Lil, Rose and their friends and I look forward to the next instalment!!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mehsi

    Sophie and Lil are back! This time they have to solve a mystery about a Jewelled Moth! My first thought to the title was: Who would want a brooch shaped like a Moth? :) I can't imagine that looking too good (and if I have to believe the descriptions, it didn't look that good indeed). I was excited that Sophie and Lil would get another book, and I hoped that we would find out more about Sophie's parents (since there is still so much mystery about her parents). I was also wondering if The Baron wou Sophie and Lil are back! This time they have to solve a mystery about a Jewelled Moth! My first thought to the title was: Who would want a brooch shaped like a Moth? :) I can't imagine that looking too good (and if I have to believe the descriptions, it didn't look that good indeed). I was excited that Sophie and Lil would get another book, and I hoped that we would find out more about Sophie's parents (since there is still so much mystery about her parents). I was also wondering if The Baron would show up again (our evil guy). When the book started, and it opened with a new character named Mei, I wasn't all too happy. From the get-go I didn't like Mei. I can't really put a finger on why, but I think it has to do with how she acts and behaves. Again, I am not entirely sure what ticked me off. But I can tell you I was worried that Mei would take the center stage. Luckily, that didn't happen. Sure, she was important to the story (due to what the Moth means to her/her family), but luckily she didn't get a lot of the spotlight. Not if you compare it to Sophie or Lil. I did like her brother Song though. I really liked Lil in this one, with how she went uncover as debutante, and what she did there. Oh my, she is just way too much for the age this book is set in. She fits more in the current age with how she acts. She doesn't care about chaperones, she says whatever is on her mind, she isn't afraid to do things. It was amazing and also so much fun to see the reactions of the other debutantes. Go girl! I wouldn't mind more of Lil in the next book. The mystery of the Jewelled Moth was even more fun than I had hoped. It went much further than finding the missing Moth, it went way into backstory for Sophie and also for The Baron, and I was just squealing in joy at the fact the mystery didn't end, but just continued. There were many twists and turns, and there was a big part of excitement. There are chases, evil guys, but we also have the department store (and all the glory, I would just love to go to Sinclair's) and all that happens there. We have a bit of romance (ah, no, I won't spoil anything other than that, you will just have to find it out), and there are quite a few hilarious moments. There are also parts about etiquette/how a lady should behave and I just want to say this: Please, please make a real book out of that one. :D I would buy it in a heartbeat and devour it just as quick. With the etiquette parts we also had illustrations, and I just love how they look. <3 The ending and all that happened there? Wow, wow, and triple wow! It really sets a stage for the next book, and I can't wait for the next book to come (only a year to wait for it). I also have to say that I love the cover. It is gorgeous, it is shiny, it is pretty! I also love that you can discover so many little things in it. Like spot the girl with the moth, or what is happening to the lady. Oh so many things are happening on the cover, it is amazing. I hope the next book will also have such an amazing cover. All in all, this book was amazing and I would highly recommend it. Review first posted at http://twirlingbookprincess.com/

  24. 4 out of 5

    Claire Huston

    Another fun, glittering mystery. 4/5. This review was originally posted on my book blog (with photos to show you just how beautiful this book is!). I reviewed the first book in this series, The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow, last year. I bought it because the beautiful blue and yellow cover with gold embossing called to me. And then, once it was in my clutches, the blurb made it sound like a fun mash up of Nancy Drew and Mr Selfridge. And it turned out to be just that. I enjoyed it a great dea Another fun, glittering mystery. 4/5. This review was originally posted on my book blog (with photos to show you just how beautiful this book is!). I reviewed the first book in this series, The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow, last year. I bought it because the beautiful blue and yellow cover with gold embossing called to me. And then, once it was in my clutches, the blurb made it sound like a fun mash up of Nancy Drew and Mr Selfridge. And it turned out to be just that. I enjoyed it a great deal and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on book 2 and more of Sophie and Lil’s adventures. I’ve gone back and read my review of book 1 and, to be honest, I have little to add for this review for book 2: Jewelled Moth is more of the same excellent stuff. While the action in Clockwork Sparrow is mostly confined to Sinclair’s (the large London department store where our heroines work), we get out and about round Edwardian London far more in Jewelled Moth. We visit the early twentieth-century slums of the East End, London’s original China Town, and the glamorous world of young socialites “coming out” for their first season. All these locations are described in just enough detail to bring them alive without distracting us from the central mystery. Can you read this book without reading Clockwork Sparrow first? Yes and no. Yes, of course you can, and I’m sure you’d enjoy it. But I’d recommend you read book 1 first so you meet Sophie and Lil as they take on their first case. You’ll also have a better understanding of who “the Baron” – the series’ big baddie – is. Speaking of Sophie and Lil, I love that we have two heroines at the heart of these stories: two young women who are smart, capable and brave. Also, as is age appropriate (Sophie has only just turned 15 at the start of the book), the book is refreshingly free of any romance to distract our semi-professional sleuths. I must give special mention to Júlia Sardà’s wonderful illustrations. Overall: while I likened Clockwork Sparrow to a slice of cake, I’d say Jewelled Moth is more like an iced bun. It’s not as fluffy as its predecessor, but just as moreish. I can’t wait for book 3!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Harj D

    I was highly anticipating reading the second installment of Sophie, Lil, Billy and Joe's adventures and 'The Mystery of the Jewelled Moth' certainly did not disappoint. Having returned to our crime fighting, adventure seeking team of Sinclair's department store workers, 'The Mystery of the Jewelled Moth' begins with the introduction of Mei Lim, a young girl whose family owns a store in London's original China Town in Limehouse, East London. Being harassed by The Baron and The Baron's Boys, China I was highly anticipating reading the second installment of Sophie, Lil, Billy and Joe's adventures and 'The Mystery of the Jewelled Moth' certainly did not disappoint. Having returned to our crime fighting, adventure seeking team of Sinclair's department store workers, 'The Mystery of the Jewelled Moth' begins with the introduction of Mei Lim, a young girl whose family owns a store in London's original China Town in Limehouse, East London. Being harassed by The Baron and The Baron's Boys, China Town's people are beginning to fear their livelihood and their lives. We are then also introduced to Victoria, a young debutante who has had her Jewelled Moth broach stolen from her. Seeking the help of Sophie and Lil, our heroines are thrown into a mystery involving two worlds of London and none other than The Baron himself. I was incredibly impressed by 'The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow' when I first read it, especially by gusty characters and their incredible adventures. After reading 'The Mystery of the Jewelled Moth', I am really happy to say that the second installment is equally as wonderful as the first. This adventure reveals much more about Sophie and her past as well as the Baron's identity, but also produces more questions which I hope are answered in the third book. Highly recommended to any one who enjoys a little adventure, historical crime and lots of exciting character!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jasmine

    I get so much joy from this series' embracing of the fact that it's a penny dreadful mystery. Codes! Mysterious double identities! Secret cursed gems! Butlers with dark secrets! They just choose to tell the story from the point of VIEW of the trapped heiresses, plucky shopgirls, and asian families with secrets. So on the one hand it still doesn't fully rise above the trappings of the genre in the same way of like, the Wells and Wong series (which is so interrogative of the form it's working with I get so much joy from this series' embracing of the fact that it's a penny dreadful mystery. Codes! Mysterious double identities! Secret cursed gems! Butlers with dark secrets! They just choose to tell the story from the point of VIEW of the trapped heiresses, plucky shopgirls, and asian families with secrets. So on the one hand it still doesn't fully rise above the trappings of the genre in the same way of like, the Wells and Wong series (which is so interrogative of the form it's working within, while doing the form REALLY WELL), but it (the sinclair's mysteries) are still tons of fun and you don't have to cringe your way through them. Which is to say-- a teenage actress makes friends with a bunch of debutants by telling them to eat sweets, an heiress swoons to cause a distraction, and children escape along the rooftops. And there's a cursed diamond. Everything you could want.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Louise Atkin

    This is a fantastic series, really! And I loved this better than the first.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mollie Fredrickson

    This was just beautiful. The characters. The story. The way it was left to continue but not too open ended... just delightful.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Maisie Dappletrot

    Very exciting and excellent

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kyra (Blog of a Bookaholic)

    Oh, how I loved this delectable little mystery. I read The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow a few back and was enamoured by the brave protagonists, the rich atmosphere of 18th century London, and the daring mystery that Sophie, Lil, Bill, and Joe set out to solve. A fabulous introduction to this charming quartet, I was more than eager to read the follow-up. The author took all the wonderful elements of the first book and made them bigger, better, and bolder. I, quite frankly, gobbled this up. Wha Oh, how I loved this delectable little mystery. I read The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow a few back and was enamoured by the brave protagonists, the rich atmosphere of 18th century London, and the daring mystery that Sophie, Lil, Bill, and Joe set out to solve. A fabulous introduction to this charming quartet, I was more than eager to read the follow-up. The author took all the wonderful elements of the first book and made them bigger, better, and bolder. I, quite frankly, gobbled this up. What I love about series most is how you grow with the characters and watch them come into their own. That's precisely what happened in The Mystery of the Jewelled Moth. Sophie was more confident; Lil was more cunning, more daring, and more fabulous; Lil was more self-assured and happy; Joe was content and pleased with his new life. I loved being able to spend more time with these characters. They have such fun, wonderful personalities and I loved being able to experience their character development. I particularly enjoyed the dynamics between Sophie, Lil, Bill, and Joe. It's so encouraging to see positive female friendships represented in middle-grade and YA books. I loved how Sophie and Lil supported one another; I really liked reading about their friendship, as it felt completely genuine and realistic. I also loved the dynamics between the group. Their personalities complement one another perfectly and I had so much fun watching these wonderful characters work together to save a sinister mystery. I also loved how the author expanded the world in this addition to the series. There were more characters, such as Mei and her family, and I really enjoyed the part they played in the story. We were also transported to “China Town” and the East End of London. It was riveting reading about this area that contrasted strongly to the streets of Piccadilly filled with society people. I loved the other areas of London I got to see and the wonderful characters I could meet that added so much to the story! Another element I love about this series is the mystery element. If you've read my blog, you'll know I'm probably the biggest scaredy cat. I shy away from most YA mysteries/thrillers, as I wouldn't sleep for awhile if I read them! I loved reading mystery books when I was younger...and I still do! This series reminds me a lot of the mystery books I read when I was younger, and I love it for that. The mysteries are light enough, but they do contain sinister elements and high stakes. It's the perfect balance: not terrifying but still completely thrilling with a chill of danger in the air. In my opinion, the mystery was incredibly riveting in this instalment. There were moments that I read with baited breath, moments where I sped through this novel to ensure the characters would emerge from the situation safely...the stakes were higher than ever. It was thrilling, riveting and shocking – I had a blast! I loved the rest of the plot as well. This series has fictional clippings and inserts printed from books and newspapers from that time, which also add such a fun aspect to the story! I loved reading about the debutantes, society, and the dances. 18th century life combined with thrilling mysteries makes this series fabulous, fun and fresh! I adore the mysteries set in Edwardian London – it provides for a fabulous reading experience! I adore the writing as well. It's whimsical, quaint and charming and quintessentially British. The writing flowed nicely, the dialogue was fantastic and the writing added such magic to the novel. I absolutely adored it! The Mystery of the Jewelled Moth was charming, whimsical, and utterly engrossing. Filled with daring escapades, brilliantly smart protagonists, chilling criminals, and fabulously fun within debutante society. If you're looking for a light-hearted mystery read combined with Edwardian London, smart and lovable protagonists, and delightful writing, be sure to pick this one up!

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