The Lizzie and Belle Mysteries

J. T. Williams

For fans of Robin Stevens, this brilliant and original story is the first in a series of books set in Georgian London. Lizzie Sancho and Dido Belle come from different worlds. Lizzie lives in her dad’s teashop, while Belle is an heiress growing up in the magnificent Kenwood House. When both witness something suspicious on the stage of the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, they soon set out on the trail of a mystery. 

This engaging and fast-paced tale uncovers the hidden histories of black lives in the 18th century. Readers are introduced to the ideas of abolitionists, slavery and the power that wealth and education can bring. The theatre setting, artfully reflected in the chapter headings, enables children to be introduced to the story of Othello and to consider, by the end of the story, the wisdom of Shakespeare’s writing. 

Peppered with lists, letters and illustrations the story races to a tumultuous ending that leaves us holding our breath for book number two! Recommended for upper KS2.

Published by Farshore

Reviewed by Justine Daniels