Rose Raventhorpe Investigates: Black Cats and Butlers
By Janine Beacham
In this book, Rose Raventhorpe, a girl who comes from the richest family in town, is preparing for her birthday ball when her butler, Argyle, is murdered. She is shocked, as they were very close. She decides to investigate his death, as it is the third murder if the week: and all the victims have been butlers like Argyle. One day she goes to lay flowers on his grave when she meets a butler who is staying in the graveyard to protect Argyle’s body from the Crows, a gang of local grave-robbers. Meeting him sets a chain of event toppling like dominoes. She discovers the Stairs Below, Silvercrest Academy, and the Guardians, but the question still remains: who murdered the butlers? And why are cat statues going missing all over town? You’ll understand what these questions actually mean if you read the book. This was a very interesting book that had plenty of red herrings and a plot which kept me wanting to read more. This would make a great gift for an adventurer or detective in your life… or just someone who loves mysteries. This is the perfect book to snuggle up with on these cold winters nights.
Look out for book 2: Rubies and Runaways
Verdict: A great, cozy mystery that makes a great gift
Where to borrow (sorry, ACT libraries only): Belconnen, Woden and Erindale libraries
Age group: 6+ (it does involve murders)