Book Review: Kitty Hawk #5

Kitty Hawk and the Mystery of the Masterpieces by Iain Reading
Kitty Hawk and the Mystery of the Masterpieces (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #5) 
by Iain Reading

3 out of 5 stars on GoodReads

Kitty Hawk meets up with her old friend, Charlie, in Rome, and the two become involved in a mysterious international intrigue. They befriend a group of Italian siblings whose father has a dark past, and it’s up to Kitty to follow the clues through secret codes, hidden rooms, and the disturbing history of several long-lost paintings by famous artists.

As always, I adore Kitty’s character. She is better than Nancy Drew! Her incredible kindness and insatiable curiosity propel her into the most marvelous adventures. I love that her reaction to almost everything is, “Let’s go! Let’s find out! Let’s jump in!” She is such an energetic character, and that energy shines off every page.
Charlie. Ah, Charlie, my darling dear. I adore him so much, and I LOVED seeing him reconnecting with Kitty in this book. Same old reliable Charlie. There are several times when Kitty and Charlie are in the middle of some insane crisis, and Kitty says something like, “I knew it would be okay, because Charlie was in control.” Charlie is a man of action. He assesses the situation, and jumps in with a solution, or a well-placed punch to someone’s jaw. But he’s also content to sit back and let Kitty take the reins. He respects and appreciates her instincts and her flashes of brilliance. The two of them have such a great balance.

I was completely enthralled with the mysterious plot! Every clue that was solved only led to another question, another code, or another action-filled encounter with a thieving spy. I’ve always hated math, but I read every word of those complex math-based code-breaking scenes on the edge of my seat!
I especially loved the rich European history that is woven into the story, as Kitty and Charlie travel through Germany, Austria, and Italy.

My only complaint is that I thought the ending was weak. There is some resolution, but many questions are left unanswered. I needed to know more in so many areas of the story, and I was disappointed. (Kitty was disappointed too, so at least we were in there together.) Not only was the mystery sort of left hanging in midair, but I felt like the relationship between Charlie and Kitty was left hanging as well. I can only hope that that was on purpose, to leave lots of room for further development between those two in the future books.

There had better be future books, and SOON! I need me some more Kitty Hawk in my life!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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