Wednesday, 17 February 2021

The Violet Veil Mysteries: A Case of Grave Danger

The Violet Veil Mysteries: A Case of Grave Danger by Sophie Cleverly (HarperCollins) RRP PB $16.99 ISBN 9780008297350

Reviewed by Kylie Buckley

A Case of Grave Danger
 is the first book in an upcoming series of middle grade fiction novels titled The Violet Veil Mysteries. Violet is a smart and determined thirteen-year-old girl. Her father, Edgar Veil, runs a mortuary and her family live beside the town’s graveyard.

The narrative is set in England during a bygone era when servants and governesses were prevalent in homes, horses and carriages rattled through the streets, females wore multiple skirts and only boys attended schools.

Violet longs to become her father’s apprentice; however, she is constantly told ‘a funeral is not a place for a girl’ and ‘young girls are not undertakers’ and laughed at when she suggests that the ‘Edgar D. Veil & Sons Ltd. Undertakers’ business name should change to include ‘daughter’. Violet doesn’t appreciate the restrictions society has placed upon her and is constantly trying prove her worth.

Violet gets an opportunity to roll up her sleeves when she discovers that a boy who is supposed to be dead (presumed murdered) is still very much alive. Together with the boy and her trusty dog, Bones, the trio secretly try and solve the mystery of who wanted to harm him. In the process, more drama unfolds and another case of life-or-death hangs in the balance.

A Case of Grave Danger is an enjoyable tale of a strong-willed female protagonist and her sidekicks, Oliver and Bones. The novel would suit readers aged nine years and older who enjoy humorous stories of adventure with a bonus interwoven history lesson.

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