Book Review: The Silver Serpent by Lena Jones

Title: Agatha Oddly: The Silver Serpent

Author: Lena Jones

Genre: Mystery,  children’s fiction

Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s UK

Pages: 368 pages

Publication Date: 5th September 2019

My Rating: 4/5


A third mystery for thirteen-year-old Agatha Oddly – a bold, determined heroine, and the star of this stylish new detective series.

As the youngest and newest recruit to the gatekeeper’s guild, Agatha Oddlow know she’s got a lot to prove – not least because her mother was such an important member of the secret society.

So, when an assistant at the National Gallery goes missing, Agatha begins investigating. Soon she uncovers a plot bigger than she could ever have imagined. As Agatha delves deeper and deeper into the mystery, she’s not sure she’ll ever get to the bottom of it all…

I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley. Thank you!

I’ll start off with the disclaimer that I haven’t read any of the other books in this series. Having said that, this works brilliantly as a stand alone novel and I still thoroughly enjoyed it.

Agatha is a child sleuth and has already solved mysteries prior to this book. In this book, whilst on a school trip Agatha notices some suspicious markings on a painting in the National Gallery. When a senior curator seemingly disappears into thin air after the discovery, Agatha finds herself in the middle of another mystery.

Agatha’s back with another adventure and this time a senior curator at the National Gallery has gone missing! Agatha finds herself paired up with a brand new partner and things quickly develop into something far closer to home than Agatha could possibly imagine! With a new partner, Agatha is thrown in to her biggest mystery yet!

My first foray into the world of Agatha Oddly was brilliant. The author kept me guessing throughout the story and it appealed to me as an adult and definitely would appeal to children too. It had an easy style to read and kept drawing you in with plenty of intrigue and mystery!

It definitely has a fast moving plot and is jam packed with action. I read this in one sitting, though it has lovely short chapters that would be ideal for children to read and return to. I loved the friendships in the story and how loving her dad is, even when he finds out she’s been skipping school! Why Agatha had to skip school just for a meeting flummoxed me a little though…

Overall, Agatha is a well rounded character and very likeable protagonist. It’s an action packed book that is sure to entice younger readers. I hope to read the other books in this series at some point soon! I’m not going to say anything about the ending other than that it was brilliant.

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If you’ve read the book, let me know your thoughts below!

4 thoughts on “Book Review: The Silver Serpent by Lena Jones

  1. This is such a great review! It also sounds like a perfect book for when you want that mystery element but something that doesn’t come with a heavy theme like some adult mysteries can.

    I’ll be adding this to my TBR!

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