The Victorian era continues to prove popular for crime fiction series for younger readers. Holly Webb has joined other writers covering this period, such as Cora Harrison and Joan Lingard, by starting the Maisie Hitchins series aimed at six/seven to eight/nine year olds. The first two books The Case of the Stolen Sixpence and The Case of the Vanishing Emerald came out in May 2013 with a third, The Case of the Phantom Cat, due out in August.
Maisie Hitchins lives in her grandmother's boarding house, longing for
adventure. She idolizes the famous detective, Gilbert Carrington, and
follows his every case. Together, with her faithful pup Eddie, Maisie is
determined to follow even the slightest scent of a mystery - no matter
what! Maisie can't help listening in when the famed star of the stage,
Sarah Massey, visits a friend at the boarding house. Sarah is distraught
- her beau, a mysterious young man, gave her a priceless emerald
necklace, and it's now missing! Maisie is instantly intrigued, and
decides to investigate the theatre. But nothing is what it seems in this
world of make-believe...