The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow (II)

The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow by Katherine Woodfine 

Introduced by Eleanor Platt, a year 7 student at Gwyernyfed High School near Hay

The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow is a gripping mystery set in Edwardian England. It features the brave but (due to her father’s recent death) penniless Sophie, who is delighted to find a new job in the milliners department at them luxury store Sinclair’s, and her friends Billie, the porter, and Lil, the glamorous shop ‘manikin’ by day and a chorus line member by night.

Everything is going according to plan until one night a robbery occurs. One of the items stolen is the priceless clockwork sparrow. Determined to find out more, Sophie and her friends start to investigate. Soon, this robbery starts to seem a lot more sinister than it originally occurred to be.

Sophie’s adventures find her accused of the robbery, sacked and captured by the robbers. Nothing seems to be going well. That is, until they all unmask the villain and save the store, plus making sure that Britain’s security details are not leaked to enemy spies.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a mystery and who is aged nine and above. This book is either a great read for anyone who likes a good mystery or someone new to the world of fictional crime. I can guarantee you will be hooked!


[Note: It is the first time time on A Book a Day in Hay that a reader has introduced a book that has already been featured on the blog. Look back to earlier in the month to see Martha Barcroft’s video intro to The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow by Katherine Woodfine.]


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