Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold – Iain Reading

Nancy Drew meets Amelia Earhart. Mystery meets adventure (with a little history sprinkled in).

Thanks to the publisher for the copy in exchange for my honest review!

KITTY HAWK AND THE CURSE OF THE YUKON GOLD by Iain Reading

This is book one in the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency series.

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My Thoughts: 4/5 stars!

Do you like some adventure with your historical fiction and mysteries? KITTY HAWK AND THE CURSE OF THE YUKON GOLD is the perfect mixture of the three elements. The comparisons to Nancy Drew meets Amelia Earhart are completely accurate. While this would be perfect for younger readers, it doesn’t feel like a YA driven novel.
Kitty Hawk is part of the Flying Detective Agency and she is a teenage pilot. She owns a seaplane and has a real knack for getting herself pulled into all kinds of mysteries and intrigue. Kitty Hawk leaves her home, a small fishing town in Canada, to spend a summer in Alaska. Her adventure begins with the mystery of the Clara Nevada, a sunken ship that has been found. As we go, we get some history of Canada’s Yukon as well as the Alaskan inside passage. The Klondike Gold Rush was an interesting time that has left mysteries lingering behind.
We get a little bit of everything in this novel. Haunted shipwrecks, stolen gold, and all set against the backdrop of the Canadian Yukon and Alaska. I’m a big fan of historical fiction, so I really enjoyed the novel being sprinkled with facts about that time period and area. Kitty Hawk is a fantastic lead character. A young teenager who can take care of herself and it intelligent and has the ingenuity to solve these mysteries. It’s perfect for younger readers (especially girls!) but it’s also a fun read for adults.
Overall, if you’re looking for an adventure and mystery novel, then you’ll like Kitty Hawk and all of her mysteries! This is book one of a series, so I’ll keep my eyes out for her next great adventure.
Any other adventure/mystery fans out there?
–Jess

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