Mystery of the Night Watchers – A. M. Howell

Published by Usborne Publishing

It’s 1910, Halley’s Comet is in the sky, and Nancy is taken unexpectedly to stay in Suffolk with a grandfather she didn’t know she had. Enchanted by his apothecary shop, and most of all with the forbidden cupola at the top of the house, Nancy soon realises that there is a family mystery which she is determined to resolve.

I loved this book! It has a wonderful atmosphere of intrigue, with a strong sense of time and place. The vivid descriptions of a small town watching and preparing for a party for the comet, transport you back in time as the mystery Nancy gets caught up in both grips and surprises the reader. This is a perfect introduction to the historical genre for young readers.