Note: I received free ARCs of these books in exchange for an honest review. All summaries via Amazon.com.
I’m so excited to be able to continue my reviews of the Kitty Hawk series! So far, I’ve been loving the amazing settings and fun mysteries that these books contain (see my reviews of the previous books here and here), and the latest two installments are no exceptions.
Kitty Hawk and the Tragedy of the RMS Titanic
This fourth book in the series brings Kitty to the emerald hills of Ireland where she meets a handsome stranger and is quickly swept up in a perplexing hundred-year-old family treasure hunt involving secret codes and puzzling clues that lead her on a fast-paced adventure that carries her from Dublin to London – from the decks of the ill-fated ocean liner Titanic to the temples of ancient Egypt and the streets of Jack the Ripper – until she finally unlocks the mystery and discovers the long-hidden treasure.
This book is filled with the terrifying and fascinating history of the Titanic. I loved the photos, newspaper clippings, and other historical documents included in the text. The mystery revolves around some cryptic ciphers which Kitty’s newfound friend Andrew thinks will clear his great uncle’s name of failing to save the Titanic–and possibly lead to a long-lost treasure. But when another man with ties to the Titanic starts chasing after the treasure, Kitty and Andrew find themselves in danger.
The setting, as usual, is fantastic. Especially the mound tombs in Newgrange, which I found fascinating. And I love any mystery that revolves around secret codes or chasing clues (National Treasure was my favorite movie as a kid, and I can still quote almost every line!). I really enjoyed this mystery, and I think you will too.
Rating: Pretty Darn Good
Kitty Hawk and the Mystery of the Masterpieces
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.
In this fifth installment, Kitty stumbles upon some priceless artwork thought to be missing, and she is then plunged into a world of spies, codes, and art theft. (And Charlie is back! Hooray!) Kitty explores large swathes of Europe in this book, from Italy to Germany and Austria. This setting is not as exotic as some of Kitty’s other adventures, but as always, it is described in such a way that it makes you feel like you are seeing the sights right along with Kitty. (Of course, it helps that I have actually been to a couple of the places mentioned!)
As I mentioned in my review of book 4, I love mysteries that center around codes and ciphers, and this book is chock full of them. If you love codes as much as I do, be sure to check out the “further reading” note at the back of the book to learn more about these real-life, mysterious codes. I did find this book a little more generic than some of Kitty’s other adventures, but I enjoyed reading more about Kitty’s continuing travels, and I look forward to reading the next installment!
Rating: Good but Forgettable