Book Review: The Last Chance Hotel by Nicki Thornton

Being an editor, I work on all sorts of writing – non-fiction, different fiction genres, as well as writing for different age groups. As a reader, I enjoy all sorts of books; I just love words. The Last Chance Hotel, written by Nicki Thornton, has been created for children aged 9-12, but I think you’ll enjoy it whether you’re young or old!

The blurb says:

Harry Potter meets Agatha Christie in this bestselling magical murder mystery!

Seth is the oppressed kitchen boy at the remote Last Chance Hotel, owned by the nasty Bunn family. His only friend is his black cat, Nightshade. But when a strange gathering of magicians arrives for dinner, kindly Dr Thallomius is poisoned by Seth’s special dessert. A locked-room murder investigation ensues – and Seth is the main suspect. The funny thing is, he’s innocent… can he solve the mystery and clear his name, especially when magic’s afoot?

This really is a delightful tale, bursting with colourful characters and delightfully descriptive writing. The story is fun, gripping and thoroughly enjoyable. I’ve just seen that there’s a second book in the series out. I think I’ll add it to my Christmas list…

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