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My #Review of the #Children’s #Mystery – Lady in Red by Tessa Buckley #BlogTour

Today I’m happy to share with you my thoughts about this Middle Grade reader,
a mystery and adventure story Lady in Red by Tessa Buckley . . . 

Pursuing the truth can be a dangerous game…

School’s out for the summer, and Eye Spy Investigations have a new case – looking for Lady in Red, a lost masterpiece by Victorian painter, Gabriel Pascoe.

The clock is ticking for Alex and Donna, because the artist’s house, Acacia Villa, where their friend Jake lives, is due to be demolished, and vital clues may be destroyed. And Alex has an additional problem: he is terrified of snakes, and Jake has a pet snake called Queenie…

As the twins pursue their enquiries, they come up against the man who wants to demolish Acacia Villa. But Mr Mortimer is the godfather of their baby half-sister, Sophie, and criticising him could open up family rifts, which have only just healed.

Then Queenie goes missing, setting in motion a disastrous train of events that will turn the search for Lady in Red into the twins’ most dangerous case yet.

My Review:

This is the third book in the Eye Spy Series which features the twins Alex and Donna who, despite their Nan and Dad’s protestations, keep getting involved in solving mysteries. They even have their own business cards for their activities as Eye Spy Investigations!

This is an engaging story about Alex, Donna and three of their friends, featuring a historic house in danger of being demolished, a pet snake,  and, to top it all, a mysterious painting which was hidden to protect it but has never been seen since. As the twins seek to discover where the painting was hidden they face a threatening property developer, potential family rifts, danger and so much more in this action packed story. Can they uncover where the painting was hidden? Can they save the historic house? You’ll just have to read the book for yourself to discover what happens!

Just as a warning to parents and carers, there were a few actions by the twins that I didn’t like and these lowered my rating for the story as I felt they were setting a bad example to children reading the book. These starting with going home with Jake, who they’d only just met, without telling any adult where they were going, Donna drinking alcohol despite knowing she shouldn’t, the children leaving home despite being told to stay in, not telling adults where they are going (again and again), etc. Whilst these could be points for discussion, I felt they portray questionable and potentially dangerous scenarios . . . . though that may just be me!

Although it is the third book in the series, this is the first one I have read and it works well as a standalone. It also shows how circumstances can help someone overcome their fears. I enjoyed reading this middle grade reader which has easy for children to relate to characters and an intriguing mystery to keep them turning the pages to discover what happens. It is a fun read to keep the reader guessing, along with family drama, new friends and, of course, a case to be solved.

Thank you for the copy of this book which I have voluntarily read and honestly reviewed.

Purchase Links

Lady in Red Amazon.co.uk  paperback


Lady in Red Amazon.co.uk  ebook


Lady in Red Amazon.com ebook


Lady in Red Ibooks


Lady in Red Matador bookstore


Author Bio –

Tessa Buckley was an inveterate scribbler as a child, and spent much of her time writing and illustrating stories. After studying Interior Design, she spent fifteen years working for architects and designers. She took up writing again after her young daughter complained that she couldn’t find enough adventure stories to read. This led, in 2016, to the publication of  Eye Spy, the first in a series for 9-12 year olds about two teen detectives. There are now two more books in the series: Haunted, which was a finalist in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards 2017,, and Lady in Red. She lives by the sea in Essex and recently completed an Open University arts degree.

Social Media Links – 

Website: https://tessabuckleyauthor.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Tessa-Buckley-Author-

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4157057.Tessa_Buckley

3 comments on “My #Review of the #Children’s #Mystery – Lady in Red by Tessa Buckley #BlogTour

  1. Carla
    October 29, 2020

    Nice honest review Elaine. It is a fun story, but I totally agree with some of the questionable behaviour. I think that as adults we notice it more than kids would, but I wish the drinking had been omitted.


    • bicted
      November 1, 2020

      Thanks, Carla – I am so glad it isn’t just me! I did enjoy reading it but would be wary of which students I’d encourage to read it…

      Liked by 1 person

      • Carla
        November 1, 2020

        It has some elements of YA along with the story being more MG.


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