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The Lizzie and Belle Mysteries: Drama and Danger: New for 2022, a mystery-filled detective story for children, perfect for fans of Robin Stevens!: Book 1

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T. Williams, was extremely good at knowing when to describe what was happening and when to use dialogue.

The age range it was reaching for was still present in the descriptions of characters and plot twists, but I liked it. Set in 1700s London, Lizzie and Belle meet unexpectedly but find they both have inquisitive minds and love solving mysteries so when Lizzie's Dad (the first black man to take to the stage in Othello) narrowly survives an attempt on his life, the girls are determined to investigate, despite all of the ways society and other people try to stop them.It also includes fantastic character, Ignatius, Sancho and his children (of which Lizzie is one) and wife and the entire premise of a society that doesn’t trust black people , yet is putting on a play of Othello, starring a black man which is controversial, some people are concerned that the only portrayal of black people on stage is of a murderer.

Ond pan maen nhw’n dal llygaid ei gilydd yn y theatr un noson, mae’r ddwy wrth eu boddau o weld merch Ddu arall o’r un oed. I liked the book layout which had plenty of excellent black and white illustrations, copies of letters and case notes and decorated chapter headings. The background of Georgian London is skilfully depicted, with its coffee houses, dirty streets, and areas now populated but then, like Hampstead Heath, real country. It also emphasises rights for Black people, so I think it will be a good story to be shared during Black History Month. The book also centres around the themes and rights of Africans and how the laws of equality were being fought.Ebooks fulfilled through Glose cannot be printed, downloaded as PDF, or read in other digital readers (like Kindle or Nook). The three main settings are Lizzie’s house (a café) where there are many visitors and it is warm, snug and usually busy. I believe that I was in the wrong mindset when I first read this book, being slightly taken aback by the style of writing; evidently it was made for a younger audience. My favourite character out of the two is Belle, for she forgives Lizzie when she wants to do the mystery her way.

A thrilling middle grade mystery series set in Eighteenth-Century London, with all the fun and zest of Hamilton, and inspired by real Black British historical figures. Her father is to play Othello, a character in a play by William Shakespeare – he is the first Black man to do so, making it a momentous performance in history. The book opened my eyes about the slave trade because I had heard of it before but didn’t realise just how serious it really was.

Thrillingly redolent of eighteenth-century London, the first book in a gripping new mystery series inspired by real Black British figures revolves around sinister onstage goings-on at the Drury Lane theatre. I heard about this adventure novel in a school reading list and I was told if I enjoyed Murder Most Unladylike then I would enjoy this.

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