Book Review: The Mystery of the Painted Dragon (Katherine Woodfine)

* I have been given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review *

Publisher: Egmont

Pages: 339

Release Date: February 9th 2017

Summary (from Goodreads):

When a priceless painting is stolen, our dauntless heroines Sophie and Lil find themselves faced with forgery, trickery and deceit on all sides!

Be amazed as the brave duo pit their wits against this perilous puzzle! Marvel at their cunning plan to unmask the villain and prove themselves detectives to be reckoned with – no matter what dangers lie ahead . . .

It’s their most perilous adventure yet!


This is the third book in the Sinclair Mystery Series, but my first time reading one. I didn’t feel I was on the back foot by not having read the two previous books – I understood who the characters were and what was going on (although I’d still like to read the first two now!) It’s a self contained mystery, but there is an ongoing story line with the Baron – the main villain – and Sophie’s parents.

Sophie and Lil have already solved two mysteries and made a bit of a name for themselves as young detectives. When a painting is stolen, the two have to use all their friends and wit to recover the painting and thwart the thief.

This book took me back to my childhood – it reminded me of the Enid Blyton school stories I used to read – Mallory Towers, The Twins at St Clare’s, The Naughtiest Girl – it has that kind of wholesome charm that I just love. It’s also about smart and resourceful young women, who take care of themselves and each other, while solving a mystery most people of the time would think above them. Along that line, there’s a glimpse of the suffragette movement in this book that was really cool to see.

My one gripe with the book would probably be that I figured out the culprit pretty early on, but hey, I’m a super sleuth 🙂 and it didn’t stop me enjoying the journey Sophie and Lil went on to get there.

This is perfect for mystery fans, young and old, and a series I can see myself reading these with Little Moore as he grows up.


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