The Titanic Detective Agency by Lindsay Littleson
Unlock the secrets of the unsinkable ship…
Bertha Watt, tree-climber and would-be polar explorer, is excited to be on RMS Titanic’s maiden voyage, as she leaves Aberdeen behind for the glamour of a new life in America.
But Bertha quickly realises that some passengers are behaving strangely, and she determines to unravel their secrets. With new friend, Madge, Bertha sets up her own detective agency to try and solve the mysteries onboard, but they have no idea that disaster is looming for Titanic.
Can they help Johan find the hidden treasure and unmask the identity of the enigmatic Mr Hoffman before time runs out on the ‘unsinkable’ ship?
This was a nice little read. The author tells an enthralling story of real-life historical characters on board the doomed ship, Titanic. The tale specifically follows three children who travelled, and survived, the Titanic’s first and only voyage.
Bertha is a feisty, outspoken, 12 year old girl with a very vivid imagination and a penchant for curiosity and discovery. With her new friend Madge in tow, she goes on a mission to solve mysteries on board the ship. Bertha soon meets Johan, a Swedish boy with a treasure map. Despite Johan speaking no English and being a third-class passenger, Bertha jumps at the chance to help him search for the treasure.
In this book, the author touches on many aspects of society at the time, including the class system and the contrast between the classes. But the story never falters, and successfully weaves fact and fiction to bring the characters to life as they move towards the climactic moment of the ship’s voyage and they witness the panic and confusion of the evacuation, the desperate fight for survival and the heroism of those who chose to die so that others could live.
This was a nice, compelling read, with a strong sense of doom permanently hanging in the background. Bertha is a fun girl to read about, and my heart ached for Johan as he travelled alone, struggling to make sense of what was happening on board the Titanic.
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