Saturday 18 April 2015

Review: Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway's Ghost (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series #2) by Iain Reading

22010596Title:  Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway's Ghost 
Author: Iain Reading
Series: Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series 
Genre: Adventure, Mystery, Young Adult, Middle Grade
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication date: September 11th 2013
Pages: 338 (paperback)
Source: received from author

Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway's Ghost is the exciting second installment in a new series of adventure mystery stories that are one part travel, one part history and five parts adventure. This second book in the series continues the adventure of Kitty Hawk, an intrepid teenage pilot who has decided to follow in the footsteps of her hero Amelia Earhart and make an epic flight around the entire world. After flying across North America Kitty's journey takes her down south to Florida where she plans to get a bit of rest and relaxation before continuing on with the rest of her long and grueling flight. As Kitty explores the strange and magical water world of the Florida Keys her knack for getting herself into precarious situations sweeps her headlong into the adventure of a lifetime involving mysterious lights, ancient shipwrecks, razor-toothed barracudas and even a sighting of the great Ernest Hemingway himself. This exhilarating story will have armchair explorers and amateur detectives alike anxiously following every twist and turn as they are  swept across the landscape and history of the Florida Keys all the way from Key West to the strange and remarkable world of Fort Jefferson and the Dry Tortugas. 

The first book in this series Kitty Hawk and the Yukon Gold had surprised me in a really good way so I was really looking forward to read the rest of the series. The author was kind enough to give me the rest of the series so that I could read and review them.

Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway’s Ghost was as good as the first book. Kitty has set off on her big adventure, flying around the world on her small seaplane. Her first stop on her journey is the Florida Keys. I really liked the setting of this book, the area that was described sounded so beautiful. It was described vividly and it sounds like an amazing place to visit. Unfortunately I live at the other side of the world so I don’t see that happening soon.

Kitty is a great character to read about. She’s independent, strong, smart and kind. She is also a bit to curious for her own good and it doesn't make things easier because she always happens to stumble on mysterious things. But she keeps calm in tough situations and always finds her way out thanks to using her brains and a good portion of luck.

But what I love the most about these books is that I always learn a lot of new things while reading these books. The author always provides you with a lot of information but in a fun way. I learned things about Hemingway, treasures, Spanish colonial ships and American history. The author has a way of providing all this information without making the book boring. In fact it has the opposite effect, like Kitty I was always interested and fascinated by all the new things I learned. And I can’t wait to see what I will learn in the next book.

Overall I really enjoyed this book. The series can be read out of order but I would recommend it that you start at book one. This book is perfect for middle grad and young adult readers. But even when you are older you might still enjoy this series. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series.


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