‘Taylor & Rose Secret Agents Peril in Paris’ is a stunning and thrilling book through and through. Sophie & Lillian’s adventure continues from Katherine’s earlier charming series ‘The Sinclair’s Mysteries’. In this adventure , Sophie & Lillian really come into their own, with their strong friendship and defying society’s expectations of what a young lady should be doing in life. A furious and fast paced mystery, where the twists and turns come thick and fast, the balance between the physical action and the intellectual solving of the crime is perfectly done. An excellent espionage adventure where we get cameos of some beloved characters and are introduced to some interesting new ones. This book is an ingenious setup for a brilliant series and has left me with an insatiable desire for the sequel. A masterpiece from Katherine Woodfine. A highly recommended read where each chapter is more engaging & exciting than the previous. A 10⭐️ read.
It was with great sadness for me, that ‘The Sinclair’s Mysteries’ came to a close in the final explosive and dramatic instalment, ‘The Midnight Peacock.’ But luckily our fearless, intrepid heroines Sophie and Lil are back with a bang in the glorious ‘Peril in Paris,’ the first instalment in the Taylor and Rose Secret Agents series. Recruited by the mysterious Secret Service Bureau our daring duo are sent away on dangerous and deadly missions, where they must learn to trust no one and expect peril at every turn. Furious and fast paced the reader is kept on the edge of their seat as the twists and turns come thick and fast. Intriguing and surprising there are plenty of revelations and unexpected happenings to confuse and confound even the most quick minded reader. This new series captures everything I loved about the ‘Sinclair Mysteries,’ but this story feels more thrilling and exciting, leaving the reader desperate for more with the most glorious ending. Sophie and Lil continue to defy society’s expectations of what a young lady can and should be doing and for that I will always love them. I can’t leave without mentioning Karl J Mountford’s stunning cover and artwork which captures the elegance and spirit of these marvellous adventures perfectly.
Peril in Paris is a wonderfully clever and perfectly charming historical mystery. It is a spin off of the amazing Sinclair's Mysteries series but works well as a standalone.
Sophie and Lil are such brilliant protagonists. They are clever, determined and adventurous, during a time period when that wasn't always appreciated in young women. The author does a great job showing some of the beliefs of the time, whilst letting Sophie and Lil prove them wrong with their actions!
The storyline is utterly engrossing. Chapters alternate between two mysteries, and I found myself hooked by both. It is well paced and full of enough twists and turns to keep me reading. The stories weave together by the end in a very satisfying way. I loved the Sinclair's Mysteries and think this has set the Secret Agents series up to be just as good, if not better. I hope to see many more!
Recommended to all MG/YA fans. This book combines the charms of a spy thriller with an action adventure, in a beautifully described historical setting.
I received an e-ARC of the book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, however I also purchased an early paperback copy of the book myself from YALC and read from both copies.
Although this is the first in a new series of books, the main characters Miss Taylor and Miss Rose have previously been featured in another series that we hadn't read.
Although I wouldn't say that not having read the previous stories they've been involved in means that you cannot enjoy these, there were times when I thought that having read them may have filled in a few odd blanks in the characterisations in this one.
Still it's a great read and offers up lots of fun.
The espionage stuff is exciting, the period setting is convincing and there's enough twist and turns to keep you entertained and guessing to the end.
We look forward to the books that will follow in the series.
Fans of The Sinclair's Mysteries will be delighted with this new series, in which the two heroines are now spies, a little older and wiser and off on a series of new adventures. We came to this series as newcomers, but the book works just as well as a standalone. The historical and city settings are colourful and engrossing, and my son couldn't put it down; he loved the sophisticated twists and turns of the plot.