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For young detective Aggie Morton and her friend Hector, Christmas becomes a lot more exciting when a dead body is found. Aspiring writer Aggie Morton is looking forward to Christmas. Having just solved a murder and survived her own brush with death in her small town of Torquay on the coast of England, Aggie can't wait to spend the holidays with her sister Marjorie, the new For young detective Aggie Morton and her friend Hector, Christmas becomes a lot more exciting when a dead body is found. Aspiring writer Aggie Morton is looking forward to Christmas. Having just solved a murder and survived her own brush with death in her small town of Torquay on the coast of England, Aggie can't wait to spend the holidays with her sister Marjorie, the new Lady Greyson of Owl Park, an enormous manor house in the country; Grannie Jane and her fellow sleuth and partner in crime, Hector Perot. Owl Park holds many delights including Aggie's almost cousin Lucy, exciting and glamorous visitors from Ceylon and disguises aplenty in the form of a group of traveling actors, not to mention a secret passageway AND an enormous, cursed emerald. Not even glowering old Lady Greyson (the Senior) can interfere with Aggie's festive cheer. But when Aggie and her friends discover a body instead of presents on Christmas morning, things take a deadly serious turn. With the help of a certain nosy reporter, Aggie and Hector will once again have to put their deductive skills and imaginations to work to find the murderer on the loose.


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For young detective Aggie Morton and her friend Hector, Christmas becomes a lot more exciting when a dead body is found. Aspiring writer Aggie Morton is looking forward to Christmas. Having just solved a murder and survived her own brush with death in her small town of Torquay on the coast of England, Aggie can't wait to spend the holidays with her sister Marjorie, the new For young detective Aggie Morton and her friend Hector, Christmas becomes a lot more exciting when a dead body is found. Aspiring writer Aggie Morton is looking forward to Christmas. Having just solved a murder and survived her own brush with death in her small town of Torquay on the coast of England, Aggie can't wait to spend the holidays with her sister Marjorie, the new Lady Greyson of Owl Park, an enormous manor house in the country; Grannie Jane and her fellow sleuth and partner in crime, Hector Perot. Owl Park holds many delights including Aggie's almost cousin Lucy, exciting and glamorous visitors from Ceylon and disguises aplenty in the form of a group of traveling actors, not to mention a secret passageway AND an enormous, cursed emerald. Not even glowering old Lady Greyson (the Senior) can interfere with Aggie's festive cheer. But when Aggie and her friends discover a body instead of presents on Christmas morning, things take a deadly serious turn. With the help of a certain nosy reporter, Aggie and Hector will once again have to put their deductive skills and imaginations to work to find the murderer on the loose.

30 review for Peril at Owl Park

  1. 4 out of 5

    Belles Middle Grade Library

    Wowza! This was 1 of my most highly anticipated releases of this year. I loved the 1st book SO much. This 1 did NOT disappoint. It was AMAZING! It’s set from a few days before Christmas up until a couple days after the New Years. So reading it now made it even better-even cozier. The author is so descriptive in detail I could see everything perfectly in my head, smell it, & even taste it! All the snow, the fires to keep warm by, the house itself...just made me want to curl up under a blanket & n Wowza! This was 1 of my most highly anticipated releases of this year. I loved the 1st book SO much. This 1 did NOT disappoint. It was AMAZING! It’s set from a few days before Christmas up until a couple days after the New Years. So reading it now made it even better-even cozier. The author is so descriptive in detail I could see everything perfectly in my head, smell it, & even taste it! All the snow, the fires to keep warm by, the house itself...just made me want to curl up under a blanket & not stop reading. Which is what happened last night lol I read the last 40% in 1 sitting. Didn’t go to sleep til way past 1. I couldn’t put it down! All the suspense, having to know what was going to happen, plus the enjoyment of just the book itself-impossible to stop reading. Aggie is visiting her newly married sister & her husband where they live called Owl Park. She brings her best friend, & best detective colleague Hector. They are joined this time by Lucy, Aggies cousin by marriage. Lucy got on my nerves many times. Lol but she is 10 years old, & also wanting to prove herself up again the great Aggie-so it’s realistic that she would-written so well. There’s a whole new murder mystery this time-Aggie just can’t seem to get away from it lol There’s a whole house full of suspects, & they’re all snowed in. These books are inspired by Agatha Christie, & the author said not only did she research her normal areas there as usual, but also other mysteries by other crime writers. If you look at the sources page in the back you can see all of the research & time she put in, & everything she did. It’s a ton. And it shows. When authors take the time for that, it really pays off. I also really appreciate it. I’ve never read a Christie book, but I know what some of them are about. So the nod to the great writer at the bottom of page 378 going into the next page-it made me smile. Full circle & all that. I think Agatha Christie would love these books. I can’t flipping wait for the next book. Like all the ones I love the most, I hope there are a TON more to come. I’m gonna need more than just a trilogy or something lol I highly recommend both books. Another absolutely beautiful cover by Isabelle Follath, along w/beautiful illustrations above every chapter heading too.💜

  2. 4 out of 5

    QNPoohBear

    Twelve-year-old Aggie Morton is looking forward to Christmas at Owl Park, her sister Marjorie's new home. Aggie's best friend Hector Perot is coming too along with Grannie Jane while Mummy and dog Tony stay behind in mourning for Papa. At Owl Park there is almost cousin 10-year-old Lucy to explore with, secret passageways, a visitor from Ceylon with a cursed emerald and a troop of traveling actors. To think Marjorie is nervous about hosting her first house party under her mother-in-law's disappr Twelve-year-old Aggie Morton is looking forward to Christmas at Owl Park, her sister Marjorie's new home. Aggie's best friend Hector Perot is coming too along with Grannie Jane while Mummy and dog Tony stay behind in mourning for Papa. At Owl Park there is almost cousin 10-year-old Lucy to explore with, secret passageways, a visitor from Ceylon with a cursed emerald and a troop of traveling actors. To think Marjorie is nervous about hosting her first house party under her mother-in-law's disapproving eye! While the children are enjoying a Christmas morning treasure hunt to find their stockings, they stumble across a dead body in the library! It's one of the actors in pirate costume from the night before, but which one- a professional or one of the guests? There's too much blood for a natural death and Aggie suddenly finds herself in the midst of another murder investigation. To make matters worse, one of the guests is missing as is the cursed Echo Emerald. Searching for the missing guest and emerald is difficult as snow continues to fall heavily. The snow makes travel difficult so where could the thief have gone? The Inspector is young and untried so perhaps this time someone will listen to Aggie's theories. With Hector urging caution and Lucy blabbing secrets every which way, it won't be an easy task to solve this one. This story is a cross between Agatha Christie and Downton Abbey for children. I loved the setting of Owl Park, the manor house with secret passageways and how Christmas was celebrated in the early 1900s. I also really liked the story of the Echo Emerald and the introduction of a character of color into the story. This is an example of diversity done right. The theatrical tableaux were fun and interesting, I didn't guess the first but the other two were easy for a reader like Aggie (and me). I didn't enjoy the mystery quite as much as the first one. I was easily able to figure out what was going on pretty much right away. Still, I got caught up in the story and simply couldn't put it down! I still like Aggie so much. She's a reader so she has a big imagination. I do think she'll grow up to be a writer someday. The stories she dreams up at the end are a little too mature for a young child and may make adult readers roll their eyes but young readers unfamiliar with Agatha Christie's works will have their appetite whetted for the real deal after reading Aggie's imagined adventures. I like seeing a writer's mind at work as Aggie figures out which words and similes work best. Some of her descriptions are a little fanciful but they're also rooted in the period in which she is growing up. That's a great, subtle way to get history into kids. Aggie is smart, brave and clever. She's still shy but less so. She's mostly only shy when it comes to getting up in front of a crowd. If she went to school she would be the quiet one who never raises her hand even though she knows the answer. I also like how Aggie reasons out what must have happened and how she tries to turn to an adult for help. Lonely Aggie is now making new friends. Hector is her very best friend. I think they're drawn to each other because they're both lonely and intelligent children whom people tend to dismiss or talk down to. Her because she's a girl and him because he's foreign and a child. He's a really great friend and his rational mind is a good foil for Aggie's imagination. Lucy is less appealing. Aggie keeps making the excuse that Lucy is 10. She's old enough to know better than to do some of the things she does in this book. She sounds younger, more like 8. I do know an energetic 10 year old who can't keep secrets though! Lucy enjoys sneaking around the manor, defying her grandmother and being nosy. She has lots of energy but when faced with a shock, she screams. I found her just a little annoying. I didn't approve of her blabbing when she was specifically told not to. I understand she likes the attention and because she's young, she wants to feel important but this is a BIG thing and she doesn't understand why it's important to keep her mouth shut. She nearly gets them all into big trouble a few times. Grannie Jane is great. While manners are important, she also enjoys gossip and secretly seems to approve of Aggie's secret detecting. She's willing to listen to the children and she respects her granddaughter's intelligence and perceptions of the situation. Grannie Jane is also very kind to Hector. I love Grannie Jane and if I were a Victorian/Edwardian girl I would be very happy to have a grandmother like her. Unlike Lucy. Poor Lucy! Her grandmother, the Dowager Lady Greyson, is stuck in the past and rigid in her beliefs. She believes children should be seen and not heard, disapproves of everything anyone else does, except her son, of course and spends a lot of time frowning. I feel slightly bad for her for having a toothache at Christmas and the only medicine available is chloroform! Yikes! Aspirin was invented but still very new and probably she wouldn't approve anyway. It's too new for her. I didn't like the revelation about her feelings at the end. I figured that one pretty quickly because I read a lot of period romances but it made me roll my eyes. Marjorie and James, on the other hand, are lovely. Marjorie is sweet, kind and caring. She is very concerned about what her mother-in-law thinks. James is fun. He's a great uncle to Lucy. I can relate. I have a fun uncle too but James is more sensible. He knows when to be disapproving and when to allow Lucy freedom to run around. He's only concerned for her safety and for the privacy of his guests. The guests include James's school friend Lakshay Siwam, a native of Ceylon (Sri Lanka). He might be the first "brown" person Aggie has ever met! Yes he was educated in England and is pretty much an English gentleman but he also respects his family and the Hindi culture in his country. He's friendly and enjoys scaring everyone with his tale of the cursed emerald. He claims it's just a story but it's clear he does believe it. I like him a lot and would like to know more about him and his country. There's a lot out there about India under the British Raj but I don't know anything about Ceylon except that I like their tea. Mrs. Siwam, Kitty, is not as enjoyable. She seems silly and foolish. She doesn't respect her husband's culture and his fears about the emerald. That's OK if she's teasing him and trying to get him to relax and stop worrying over silly curses but she deliberately goes against his wishes. I think she likes the emerald for the monetary value and the attention it brings her. I do not like silly, selfish women. Marjorie is willing to give her the benefit of the doubt but I think Marjorie is too nice. A traveling troop of three actors arrives at Owl Park and quickly brings most of the household around to becoming amateur actors. Sebastian Mooney is the charming, handsome leading man. He's too slick and charming in my opinion. I think there's going to be trouble there. Roger Corker is the aging veteran actor. He's not all that likable either. He drinks a lot and seems to enjoy being a ham. Annabelle Day is the lone woman in the group. She seems nice. She's too neat and orderly for me but she has to be because they're short of money so to lose props or damage costumes would be costly. The Inspector chooses her as his primary suspect. She had motive (money), means and possibly opportunity but I don't think she's a murderer. A thief maybe, out of misguided loyalty to the men in her life but a murderer? No. Inspector Willard is young and everyone on the force dismisses him because of his age and lack of experience but he seems sharp and not eager to quickly close the case for the sake of glory. He's quiet and not in the story on page much but he's trying so I like him. Other members of the household include Dr. Mussleman, the Dowager's physician who has come to treat her for a toothache. He claims his chloroform is missing and can't be found anywhere. Is is really missing or did he use it on someone other than Lady Greyson? He appears to be a real doctor and to know what he's doing but that could also make him knowledgeable about how to use chloroforms to keep someone quiet. He's also overlooked by the police and the children as a suspect. The police would prefer it to be Frederick, a young footman who made a mistake and has been given a second chance. He's young but seems to be doing well in his job. His sister is convinced he had only fallen in with a bad crowd and wouldn't do that again. Since this is a novel, that's too obvious. I feel bad for him because one youthful mistake could cost him his future. Stephen, the boot boy, holds a clue to the mystery but is dismissed as being unimportant and too busy to share what he observed. Only Aggie and Hector believe Stephen to be the key. I like him and agree with Aggie and Hector. The upper servants are of course very proper, especially the butler but the cook is warm and occasionally spoils Lucy when she's not super busy. It's fun to imagine Mrs. Pattmore leaving treats for Lady Mary, Lady Edith and Lady Sybil when they were young, right around the same timeframe! The kitchen feels like a warm and cozy place to be. I would recommend this book to young children ages 9-12 and those who read with them. There is a lot of blood in this story but kids that age do tend to like gory things. Adults who like cozy mysteries will enjoy this one but maybe not all that blood. I hope to read more about Aggie in the future.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Such a delight to read! Full of all the best things about mysteries with amazing characters and a classic setting. The references to classic mystery stories (Sherlock Holmes, Wilkie Collins, and of course, Agatha Christie) made the book all the more fun to read. I’m very much looking forward to following the rest of Aggie Morton’s adventures!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Vikki VanSickle

    Delightful! This cozy mystery takes place in an English manner over a week at Christmas, and young tween sleuths Aggie (based on Agatha Christie), Hector (based on Hercule Poirot) and spunky cousin Lucy are determined to solve both a murder and a theft. A great read for kids who love mysteries or the Enola Holmes series. There is no need to have any familiarity with Agatha Christie to enjoy this series, but if you do, there are delightful Easter eggs for you to enjoy. Would make a fantastic fami Delightful! This cozy mystery takes place in an English manner over a week at Christmas, and young tween sleuths Aggie (based on Agatha Christie), Hector (based on Hercule Poirot) and spunky cousin Lucy are determined to solve both a murder and a theft. A great read for kids who love mysteries or the Enola Holmes series. There is no need to have any familiarity with Agatha Christie to enjoy this series, but if you do, there are delightful Easter eggs for you to enjoy. Would make a fantastic family readaloud as well.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    Public library copy Agatha is glad to be visiting her sister in Torquay for Christmas, since her mother is still mourning the loss of Agatha’s father. Along with her grandmother and best friend Hector, Agatha is looking forward to the delights of an English country house. She’s sad to see that her glamorous sister has to struggle both to run the house and to deal with her exacting mother-in-law, but there’s also a little spot of bother with a murder. To honor a visiting guest of Ceylonese descent Public library copy Agatha is glad to be visiting her sister in Torquay for Christmas, since her mother is still mourning the loss of Agatha’s father. Along with her grandmother and best friend Hector, Agatha is looking forward to the delights of an English country house. She’s sad to see that her glamorous sister has to struggle both to run the house and to deal with her exacting mother-in-law, but there’s also a little spot of bother with a murder. To honor a visiting guest of Ceylonese descent (who is dealing with a mystery of his own), a troupe of theatrical performers is set to put on performances, but one of them is gruesomely murdered (there’s quite a pool of blood). Can Agatha and Hector once again solve the mystery? Strengths: This has a lot of good historical detail as well as a dissection of some social norms of the time, which will be very interesting to anyone interested in the state of English society in 1902, or in Agatha Christie. The popularity of Springer’s Enola Holmes on Netflix might help this one sell. Agatha is a spunky character who is passionate about detecting. Weaknesses: This had a decidedly Christie-esque, Downton Abbey feel to it, and I have a very small pool of readers who want this kind of book. What I really think: Most years, I would buy this, but I’m going to have to replace so many lost books that I will pass, and encourage any readers to check this out from the public library.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Panda Incognito

    I greatly enjoyed the first book in this series, and since the library hasn't gotten any copies of the second book yet, I purchased one with Christmas gift card money. I'm glad that I did, especially since I got to read it right at the tail end of the year, while it was still seasonally appropriate. The English Christmas setting is delightful, and even though the mystery requires a significant amount of build-up and seemed slow to me at first, I found it very satisfying. This book is full of clev I greatly enjoyed the first book in this series, and since the library hasn't gotten any copies of the second book yet, I purchased one with Christmas gift card money. I'm glad that I did, especially since I got to read it right at the tail end of the year, while it was still seasonally appropriate. The English Christmas setting is delightful, and even though the mystery requires a significant amount of build-up and seemed slow to me at first, I found it very satisfying. This book is full of clever twists, historical charm, and strong character development for Aggie and Hector. I hope that this series will continue for many more books, and would recommend it to any historical mystery fan, especially those who like Agatha Christie and would enjoy a well-researched, imagined glimpse at her childhood. This is great for both children and adults, and aside from its murder theme, some non-graphic violence, and scenes of peril, it has no content concerns for younger children who are ready for a middle grade reading level.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jenn (Jenn’s Bookshelf)

    4.5/5⭐️!!! This was utterly fabulous!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    Adored it as it is beautifully written and the story is Christmassy but still very exciting

  9. 5 out of 5

    Isa Rive

    Set in the grand snow covered estate of Owl Park, a grisly Christmas morning discovery during the hunt for stockings disrupts festivities. Aggie and friend Hector team with young chatterbox Lucy to solve a murder and mystery disappearance of the ‘Echo emerald’. I found the colourful and vast cast of characters from nobility, actors, servants to the constabulary tricky to keep track of at times but it helped supply a list of suspects to expose. Twists and turns, secret passages (and gleeful descr Set in the grand snow covered estate of Owl Park, a grisly Christmas morning discovery during the hunt for stockings disrupts festivities. Aggie and friend Hector team with young chatterbox Lucy to solve a murder and mystery disappearance of the ‘Echo emerald’. I found the colourful and vast cast of characters from nobility, actors, servants to the constabulary tricky to keep track of at times but it helped supply a list of suspects to expose. Twists and turns, secret passages (and gleeful descriptions of blood seepage) made for an entertaining read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    This takes place in England from December 23, 1902 through January 1, 1903. The story this time involves a secret passage, stairs, an emerald, a desk set, a journalist, and a car. This was just as much fun as the previous book and has a delightful surprise at the end.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    The most fun I’ve ever had with an audiobook. Excellent characters and the story was a good mystery for young adult, but not dumbed down so much that an adult can’t enjoy it too.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Michelle (FabBookReviews)

    A delight!

  13. 5 out of 5

    PWRL

    SM

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Another delightful book in the series. I adore the characters and their adventures, and I look forward to the next book.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tylise

    I enjoyed this 2nd in the series as much as the first! I love fearless children sleuths! I hope she continues it like the Flavia de Luce series.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jenna

  17. 5 out of 5

    Melisa Dowling

  18. 4 out of 5

    Emily

  19. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Foster

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sonia

  22. 4 out of 5

    Joanna

  23. 5 out of 5

    Steph

  24. 4 out of 5

    Robert

  25. 5 out of 5

    The Marvelous Ms. Kaia

  26. 5 out of 5

    Quincie

  27. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

  28. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

  30. 5 out of 5

    Emily Wayne

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