Review: Kitty Hawk and the Mystery of the Masterpieces (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #5) by Iain Reading



After meeting up with an old friend in the eternal city of Rome, Kitty Hawk unexpectedly stumbles (almost literally) into a bizarre mystery involving creepy disembodied voices, secret hidden rooms, unbreakable mathematical codes, ominous chain-smoking strangers and an array of plundered artworks by such famous masters as Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro and Vincent van Gogh – all of it wrapped up and entwined in an enigmatic riddle hanging in plain sight right in front of everyone’s noses.

With the help of friends both old and new, Kitty Hawk follows a trail of cryptic clues that leads her on a breathless tour across a quintessentially European landscape – from ancient Roman Italy to the darkest corners of Germany, Austria and beyond.

As with the previous books in the series, this new installment is perfect for firing the imaginations of readers of all ages. Filled with fascinating and highly Google-able locations and history, this exhilarating adventure will have armchair explorers and amateur detectives alike anxiously following every twist and turn as they attempt to help Kitty Hawk try and solve the extraordinarily bizarre Mystery of the Masterpieces.


I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. And reading this book, it just made me fall in love with Kitty Hawk even more.

“If there is one thing that I’ve learned throughout my travels around the world is that there are some places which absolutely defy any attempt to describe them.” 

In this book, Kitty is on the mainland of Europe. In Rome, to be exact. Well, that’s where she starts off, but knowing Kitty, she comes across another mystery to be solved and ends up in Austria. No lie, she did. And she meets up with Charlie again!!!!! I was super stoked about that, I loved Charlie in the first book and I was hoping they’d meet again. It was so cool, they make a great team. Kind of their own superheroes.

“Sorry! Sorry!” I called out again as Charlie and I also tried to weave our way through the parted sea of bodies. I can only imagine what kind of lunatics we must have looked like, Charlie with his head down and his expression serious as he twisted left and right through the crowds while I sat on the scooter behind him, laughing and grinning at the heart-racing ridiculousness of the whole situation.” 

I love Kitty. She’s definitely one of my favorite female fictional characters. She’s smart, she’s curious, she’s badass (hello, flying over the world all on her own? That takes serious balls) and she’s genuine and kind, and that makes her someone I can admire. And I can’t wait to see what other countries she’s gonna visit!

amy calloway sisters


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