The House of Eyes
Connie Carew Book 1
Introducing a daring new heroine, living in an exciting time of change
A Connie Carew Mystery
For 9 to 13s
Connie Carew loves science and secrets. Now she must solve the biggest mystery of them all. What happened to her cousin, baby Ida, who went missing from her pram in the park so many years ago?
Meanwhile, in the dark old house in London’s South Kensington, both the living and the spirit world watch and wait.
When a beautiful young girl arrives, claiming to be Connie’s long-lost cousin, the household is thrown into turmoil. Is she really an imposter, out to steal the family fortune? Connie, lonely and longing for a best friend, desperately wants ‘Ida’ to be telling the truth, but the evidence is against her.
The police and the family have raked over the past. With someone out to stop her, will Connie find the answers in time?
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Very high quality writing indeed. Funny, exciting, well-written and has a proper plot and structure. Immensely satisfying. A delightful book which I enjoyed enormously.
A thrillingly perilous romp through Edwardian London… I felt a sense of regret that I hadn’t been able to read it as a child; I would have loved to get lost in its world and follow Connie as her invisible companion.
Funny, exciting, moving and unguessable – here’s a brilliant and addictive new mystery with a heroine you’ll love. Full of villains, cunning plotting, twisted motives, this page-turner will keep you guessing to the end. And best of all, there are more Connie Carew mysteries to come.
Young Writers: Teachers' Recommended Reads
An action-packed read which takes us through seances, suffragette demonstrations, and builds to a stunning reveal. Hugely excited for more Connie Carew mysteries!
Teens on Moon Lane: Top Five MG
As always, Patricia Elliott brings her time period to life wonderfully well in this historical mystery set against a backdrop of suffragettes, seances and a mysterious cousin who may have returned from the dead. …Connie Carew has to be one of the best detectives in MG today. I’m really looking forward to reading more of her adventures.
YA Yeah Yeah
One of the most enoyable books I’ve read this year! I’d love more of her adventures!
This was really good – I liked Connie’s voice and the author infused the story with her – and Ida’s – moving need to be loved and accepted. The mystery kept me guessing… BONUS POINT for featuring suffragettes and for spot-on gender and class commentary as well as for featuring tons of really great relationships between women. I shall eagerly await the next entry in the Connie Carew Mysteries.
The Book Smugglers: Middle Grade Review
…characters vivid and well-drawn. Lots of incidental detail about life in Edwardian London…There’s a nice hook at the end to link into the next story and it’s very good to know that this will not be the only case for the excellent Connie Carew to solve!
An Awfully Big Blog Adventure
I was drawn in from the very beginning and read it in two sittings. I think this series will be a huge hit. I’m recommending it to my 9 year old to read.
Miss Chapter's Reviews
Gets a new series off to a great start. Good period detail and language, well-depicted characters. I’m looking forward to more!
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