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Harry Potter meets Agatha Christie in this bestselling magical
murder mystery!

Seth is the oppressed kitchen boy
at the remote Last Chance Hotel, owned by the nasty Bunn family.
His only friend is his black cat, Nightshade. But when a strange
gathering of magicians arrives for dinner, kindly Dr Thallomius
is poisoned by Seth's special dessert. A locked-room murder investigation
ensues - and Seth is the main suspect. The funny thing
is, he's innocent ... can he solve the mystery and clear his name,
especially when magic's afoot?

'This mystery is
a worthy prizewinner ... a jolly, atmospheric mystery.'THETIMES

'Thornton,
like [Agatha] Christie, can turn
murder into a thoroughly comforting bedtime read.' THE TELEGRAPH

'...
all kinds of fun: a locked-room murder
mystery paced breathlessly, but fruited with humour, poignancy and
great character names' THE OBSERVER

'[A] mash-up
of murder mystery and fantasy that celebrates food and cooking,
and is full of great characters, plot twists and intriguingdetail.'
METRO

'Featuring magical antics, a
talking cat and a locked-room murder mystery, Seth's story reads
like an old-school whodunnit with added wizards and spells and echoes
of ancient sorcery.' BOOKTRUST

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19th June '18
I read it myself (an adult)
The Last Chance Hotel 9781911077671
5 stars
As very important guests descend on the Last Chance Hotel, Seth Seppi wishes he was just a little bit magic, so he could be in with a chance of completing the myriad of tasks set by hotel owners, Mr and Mrs Bunn, and head chef, Henri. His day gets worse when Tiffany, the Bunn’s spiteful daughter returns to make his life even more miserable. She demands he make a show-stopping dessert which she will, naturally, take the credit for if it’s spectacular, or blame him if it isn’t. Only when it’s finished does she tell Seth that one of the guests is allergic to one of the key ingredients, and he must make a special dessert just for Dr Thallomius. And that is where Seth’s troubles really begin.
Behind locked doors the mysterious VIPs settle down for dinner. As they tuck into their desserts one of the guests dies, and it’s obvious he’s been poisoned. With Seth as the prime suspect of the murder investigation, he must solve the mystery and clear his name. But he’s not just up against a scheming murderer, he’s up against magic…
Hercule Poirot meets Harry Potter in this mind-bending, magical, murder mystery. With plot-twists aplenty, a well-crafted world, and an eclectic cast, I was gripped from beginning to end, and desperately want to know what happens next.
Seth is kind, bright and inquisitive, yet desperately naïve about the world in which he finds himself plunged into. His determination to clear his name never waivers despite his fear he won’t be able to. Tiffany is truly ghastly as the spoilt daughter and tormentor of the Bunn’s unwanted ward. Inspector Pewter is enigmatic in his role of Detective, while Angelique is as friendly as she is secretive. Add in the other guests, with a varied range of abilities, and it becomes a very tangled web to unravel.
The magic within the richly drawn world unfolds as Seth learns more about it and the magical community that resides there. As the Hotel begins to show just how much magic he’s surrounded by, a host of everyday objects become more than first glance would suggest. Oh, and I definitely need a wordstone in my life!
Great for fans of Goodly And Grave, Black Cats And Butlers and The Uncommoners.
30th October '18
I read it myself (an adult)
The Last Chance Hotel 9781911077671
5 stars
Matt Saunder’s hauntingly beautiful cover invites the reader to step inside, ‘The Last Chance Hotel,’ hinting at the darkness and secrets that lie within. Seth lives a lonely and wretched existence tied to the Last Chance Hotel, where the owners seem to delight into making his life miserable. Tied by his father’s debt he seems doomed to this terrible life, but fate steps in when one night a strange gathering of extraordinary people arrives for dinner. Dr Thallomious takes a kind interest in him but when he is poisoned by the special dessert that Seth created he becomes the main suspect. Seth senses that there is a weird magic afoot that could help solve the mystery and clear his name. Filled with magic, mystery and mayhem this story will cast a spell over you and completely confuse your mind so that you will be unable to discover who is the real culprit. Original storytelling meets wonderful characterisation in this compelling debut from Nicki Thornton. Thoroughly engaging and entertaining, I devoured it in one setting.
15th May '19
zainab's read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
The Last Chance Hotel 9781911077671
4 stars
I got this book for my birthday and I really enjoyed reading it!
I thought the plot was a really good idea and I loved the characters.
Would certainly recommend this read!
15th February '19
I read it myself (an adult)
The Last Chance Hotel 9781911077671
4 stars
Seth Seppi is a lowly kitchen boy at The Last Chance Hotel he’s unfairly treated by the owners Mr and Mrs Bunn and their vindictive daughter Tiffany.
He hasn’t got much to look forward to in life except for practising his new recipes just like his father the previous chef at the hotel who had died. 
The story follows Seth and an enigmatic cast of guests who arrive at the hotel. He realises quickly that magic is in the air but when one of the guests dies Seth finds himself number one suspect in a murder mystery as he sets out to clear his name with the help of Nightshade a talking cat, he encounters more magic and unearths magical objects and secret histories.
I found myself rooting for Seth and I too was intrigued by the magic world he encounters. 
I hope Nicki Thornton writes another book around this hotel and Seth it was a lovely, easy read and thoroughly enjoyable too.
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