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The Shadow Beast, The Invisible Detective Book Two by Justin Richards

The Shadow Beast, The Invisible Detective Book: Two by Justin Richards
Published by Pocket Books, 2003

Reviewed by Kilmihil Children’s Book Club

This is the second in The Invisible Detective series and was enjoyed more than Book 1 by children in the club.

A number of strange mysteries are taking place in 1930s London – a large number of cats are found dead – ripped to pieces, the bank has been raided from the sewers and the rats are fleeingat an alarming rate.

It falls to the Invisible Detective to solve this mystery which has a surprising link to Arthur Drake in London of the present day.

Kilmihil book club members found this story more exciting than Book 1 and also easier to understand. Some felt the book was more of an introduction to the characters from the 1930s and from the present day story and that overall it was a more exciting read than Book 1.

However children again experienced difficulty moving from the past to the present again as in Book 1, finding it took time to understand the two different storylines that ran in the book.