Book 1: Black Cats and Butlers
The Clockwork Sparrow meets Downton Abbey...
When Rose Raventhorpe's beloved butler is found (gasp!) murdered in the hallway of her own house, she's determined to uncover the culprit. Especially since he's the third butler to die in a week!
Rose's investigation leads her on a journey into a hidden world of grave robbers and duelling butlers, flamboyant magicians and the city's ancient feline guardians.
Knives aren't just for cutting cucumber sandwiches, you know . . .
Book 2: Rubies and Runaways
It's a bitterly cold winter in Yorke and Rose Raventhorpe and her butler Heddsworth are stuck with Rose's unpleasant cousin Herbert, and his equally horrible butler, Bixby.
When an orphan boy named Orpheus interrupts the Cathedral's Mistletoe Service, saying that his sister has been kidnapped, Rose vows to help. Solving the mystery will be a lot better than accompanying ghastly Herbert! But the investigation is more complicated than Rose has anticipated and will lead her and her butler friends through fancy tea-rooms, horrible factories, secret underground passages and more...
Fireplace pokers are much more dangerous than you might imagine . . .
Book 3: Hounds and Hauntings
The city of Yorke is in a panic. There's been a murder! Is an ancient ghost-hound called the Barghest on the loose?
ROSE RAVENTHORPE, her friend Orpheus and the secret society of butlers search for clues in the dark, eerie skitterways, on the mist-covered moors, and atop the ancient walls of the city. Rose believes that the villain is human, and she's determined to prove it.
There's no sweeping this crime under the carpet...
Grave robbers, magicians and ancient feline guardians will keep young readers gripped., South Wales Evening Post
Fun to read, this is a sprightly told tale of murder and trickery with a twisty plot and a cast of unlikely characters led by the smart and determined Rose Raventhorpe. -- Julia Eccleshare, Love Reading 4 Kids - Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month
...for me, the stand-out element is the amount of humour in the story - caricatures abound from the butlers and their gloves, to Emily, Rose's friend in mourning. A historical giggle with darkness and magic., Minerva Reads
Ages: 9 to 11 years
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers