Murder, Magic, and What We Wore

Written by Kelly Jones

Annis has led a proper, gentle existence in London. She has a good eye for fashion and takes pride in her efforts to make every lady look her best. Her life of embroidery, gossip, and parties comes to an abrupt end when her father mysteriously dies. To make matters worse, she finds she is destitute. Rather than fall into despair, she offers her service to the Home Office as a spy. Not everything goes as planned, but there is still adventure to be had, magic to discover, and bosom friends to make. Though Jones is a bit heavy handed on the sewing scenes, the story is very enjoyable. I especially like that it is about a girl making her way. There is no romance, just teamwork and friendship. Well done Jones and I look forward to Annis’s next adventure.

Review by Teresa Edmunds, Westbrook Elementary Media Center
Rating: ★★★★✩ (4 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 8-12

Murder, Magic, and What We Wore
Written by Kelly Jones
Alfred A. Knopf
293 pages
Release Date: September 19, 2017
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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