Today I am delighted to be hosting the final day of the blog tour for the latest exciting installment in the Taylor & Rose Secret Agents Series, Villains in Venice by Katherine Woodfine.
Look Sharp! Dastardly double agent at work…
It’s the winter of 1912 and Sophie and Lil have made a dramatic discovery: someone at the Secret Service Bureau has betrayed them.
The friends must embark on a new mission to Venice, following a twisted trail to discover long-buried secrets.
But there are villians lurking amongst the cuty’s piazzas, canals and crumbling palaces. And in the shadows, an old enemy lies in wait…
Isn’t the cover image wonderful? Doesn’t it just make you want to pick up and read this book. Well the story itself is just as wonderful. A delightfully exciting adventure played out on the streets of London and amongst the canals of Venice. Villains in Venice is the third novel in the Taylor & Rose Secret Agents series (there has also been a novella Secrets on the Shore) but it really doesn’t matter if you have read any of it’s predecessors, it’s hughly enjoyable and you’ll soon be wanting to immerse your self in Katherines back catalogue.
Young readers who love a good crime/spy/thriller/mystery movel will absolutely love this wonderful series of books (and it’s predecessor The Sinclair’s Mysteries). Sophie and Lil are called in once again to assist the Seceret Service Bureau to find the final part of a hidden code that will provide the location of a secret weapon, a weapon that the Bureau will do anything to stop falling into the hands of the deadly Fraternitas. The ladies however are still reeling over the loss of their missing friend and colleague Joe. As Sophie embarks on a dangerous mission to Venice to recover the final clue, Lil remains in London to try and uncover exactly what happened to Joe. They fear that the Fraternitas disposed of him but Lil refuses to give up hope of finding him again. And so we follow both ladies on an adventure that leads them right into the very heart of the danger.
As a lover of mystery and crime stories I absolutely adored this. It has a great cast of characters and plenty of ‘heart in the mouth’ moments. The perfect amount of peril for younger readers but also enough to keep us older ones happy too. If you don’t have a family book club as of yet then may I suggest using this as an oppotunity to start one with this fantastic novel. Katherine is a superb writer and the illustrations provided by Karl James Mountford are the perfect accompaniment. Not only is it teeming with adventure and thrills (plus super female characters) but Katherine captures both place and time perfectly bringing alive the London and Venice of a bygone age.
Thank you so much to the lovely team at Egmont for inviting me to take part in this blog tour and for providing me with a review copy. I absolutely loved returning to share Sophie and Lil’s adventures and have already started buying those titles missing from my collection.
About the author
Katherine Woodfine was born in Lancashire. She studied English at Bristol University and in 2005 she was highly commended in Vogue magazine’s annual Talent Competition for young writers. She writes an award-winning blog at followtheyellow.co.uk and her work has been published by Flax Books in the anthology Mostly Truthful.
She lives in London and since 2009 she has worked for the literature charity Booktrust, where she is a children’s book specialist and project manager of the Children’s Laureate, working with leading children’s authors such as Malorie Blackman, Julia Donaldson and Anthony Browne.
To find out more about Katherine and her other books visit her website here.
The Taylor & Rose Secret Agents series is published by Egmont Books.