21st May '16
A really good read with all the twists and turns of a top quality mystery. I really enjoyed it and would happily lend it to a Year 5 confident reader ...or a Year 8 student looking for a good, entertaining mystery! At one point we were introduced to quite a few characters, a profusion of names, but with a little concentration everything falls into place!
The story is set in Victorian London, portrayed in all its foggy dampness, featuring a despicable Lord, a truly Dickensian villain, a scheming blackmailer, abduction, murder, abandonment, friendship and family. However the warmth exuded by the marvellous Thomas Campion, owner of the music hall around which the story whirls, envelops you through the more Victorian ghastlys (I refer you back to the blackmail, murder, abduction etc all quite palatable and well presented) and provides the home so desperately sought after for the three young girls, Rose, Aurora and Effie.
Set in Victorian London at the turn of the century, the popularity of the music hall as an entertainment venue is on the wane, beginning to go out of fashion...which is why I hope this is just beginning of a series as I really am rooting for Campion's music hall and all the fabulous characters. Surely that's the mark of a good book!!