Peril in Paris (Taylor & Rose: Secret Agents, #1)
ALL ABOARD THE TRAIN TO PARIS!It’s 1911, and the young detectives of TAYLOR & ROSE are turning their talents to ESPIONAGE. On a case for the mysterious SECRET SERVICE BUREAU, the daring MISS SOPHIE TAYLOR and MISS LILIAN ROSE must leave London for the boulevards and grand hotels of Paris.But DANGER lurks beneath the bright lights of the city - and INTRIGUE and MURDER lie in store. As aeroplanes soar in the skies overhead, our heroines will need to put all their spy skills to the test to face the PERIL that awaits them...

Peril in Paris (Taylor & Rose: Secret Agents, #1) Details

TitlePeril in Paris (Taylor & Rose: Secret Agents, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 9th, 2018
PublisherEgmont
ISBN-139781405287043
Rating
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Mystery, Historical, Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Fiction

Peril in Paris (Taylor & Rose: Secret Agents, #1) Review

  • Laura Noakes
    January 1, 1970
    I adored Katherine Woodfine’s earlier series, THE SINCLAIR’S MYSTERIES, so I was over the moon to hear that she was continuing Sophie and Lil’s adventures. PERIL IN PARIS is definitely a shift from the earlier books, in the sense that espionage is at its forefront, but it still retains the charm and excitement of Katherine’s first four books.The problem with reviewing a book that is a follow on from an earlier series is that there’s not a lot I can say without spoiling THE SINCLAIR’S MYSTERIES. I adored Katherine Woodfine’s earlier series, THE SINCLAIR’S MYSTERIES, so I was over the moon to hear that she was continuing Sophie and Lil’s adventures. PERIL IN PARIS is definitely a shift from the earlier books, in the sense that espionage is at its forefront, but it still retains the charm and excitement of Katherine’s first four books.The problem with reviewing a book that is a follow on from an earlier series is that there’s not a lot I can say without spoiling THE SINCLAIR’S MYSTERIES. What I can say is this: Katherine’s writing and world-building is OUTSTANDING. I think setting in a historical period is so hard to get right, and Katherine basically provides a masterclass in how its done. I study the Edwardian era as part of my PhD and this was spectacular.Point number two: we get cameos of beloved characters, and meet some interesting new ones, but I adored the focus on Sophie and Lil. Sophie, in particular, really came into her own in this story, and the friendship between her and Lil is SO strong.Thirdly, the plotting. This is MG mystery at its best. It twists and turns, and shocks and delights constantly. The balance between the physical action and the intellectual solving of the crime is perfect, and creates a story that feels well paced, but also lightning fast. I genuinely could not put this book down. Every chapter made me want to read on, and that is the mark of an A* mystery.This book has left me with bated breath for the sequels, and an insatiable desire to time travel to Paris in the early twentieth century. Whilst I’ll always adore THE SINCLAIR’S MYSTERIES, I think PERIL IN PARIS might be my favourite Katherine Woodfine book yet. It is clever and charming and sets up a brilliant series.This was one of my favourite books of the year, and it more than lived up to the hype.*An ARC of this book was kindly provided by Egmont*
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  • Kirsty
    January 1, 1970
    I thoroughly enjoyed it. Loved being back in the world of Sophie and Lil
  • Nikki
    January 1, 1970
    My favourite middle grade mystery series has been upgraded to a spy series!! Featuring awesome, smart, quick thinking and brave girls! Love it. I really enjoyed the Sinclair’s mysteries book, and I think I’m going to enjoy the Taylor & Rose Secret Agent series even more, based on this book. Fun, intrigue, assassination plots, political intrigue, aeroplanes... what more does a book need?? I loved getting to see Sophie and Lil more settled into their lives as detectives, and now secret agents. My favourite middle grade mystery series has been upgraded to a spy series!! Featuring awesome, smart, quick thinking and brave girls! Love it. I really enjoyed the Sinclair’s mysteries book, and I think I’m going to enjoy the Taylor & Rose Secret Agent series even more, based on this book. Fun, intrigue, assassination plots, political intrigue, aeroplanes... what more does a book need?? I loved getting to see Sophie and Lil more settled into their lives as detectives, and now secret agents. And I really enjoyed getting more Tilly. I missed Billy and Joe though, the team didn’t quite feel right without them in it much. Though it was nice to hear some of the wider cast names being dropped too :):)My only criticism is really that we don’t see enough of Sophie and Lil together, and it seems that the next one will at least start with them apart again. However, I thoroughly enjoyed getting to see them spread their wings :D4.5 stars and can’t wait for the next one!
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  • Robin Stevens
    January 1, 1970
    Absolutely charming, exciting and wonderful, a fitting return for one of my favourite detective duos. This daring historical spy novel follows on from the Sinclair's Mysteries, but you could read this having never read another of Katherine's books, and still enjoy it very much. Hooray for Lil and Sophie, and I'm so glad that Katherine has started such a fun series! (10+)*Please note: this review is meant as a recommendation only. If you use it in any marketing material, online or anywhere on a p Absolutely charming, exciting and wonderful, a fitting return for one of my favourite detective duos. This daring historical spy novel follows on from the Sinclair's Mysteries, but you could read this having never read another of Katherine's books, and still enjoy it very much. Hooray for Lil and Sophie, and I'm so glad that Katherine has started such a fun series! (10+)*Please note: this review is meant as a recommendation only. If you use it in any marketing material, online or anywhere on a published book without asking permission from me first, I will ask you to remove that use immediately. Thank you!*
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  • Callista Campbell
    January 1, 1970
    This was such an exciting read! A continuation of Sophie and Lil’s adventures. They now face trouble in the extravagant, metropolitan city of Paris. While Sophie goes undercover to solve the murder of a British agent, Lil is busy protecting the Prince and Princess of Arnovia. They’re are soooooo many plot twists, and I can’t wait for the next book!
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  • Janine
    January 1, 1970
    Peril in Paris is a wonderfully clever and perfectly charming historical mystery. It is a spin off of the amazing Sinclair's Mysteries series but works well as a standalone.Sophie and Lil are such brilliant protagonists. They are clever, determined and adventurous, during a time period when that wasn't always appreciated in young women. The author does a great job showing some of the beliefs of the time, whilst letting Sophie and Lil prove them wrong with their actions!The storyline is utterly e Peril in Paris is a wonderfully clever and perfectly charming historical mystery. It is a spin off of the amazing Sinclair's Mysteries series but works well as a standalone.Sophie and Lil are such brilliant protagonists. They are clever, determined and adventurous, during a time period when that wasn't always appreciated in young women. The author does a great job showing some of the beliefs of the time, whilst letting Sophie and Lil prove them wrong with their actions!The storyline is utterly engrossing. Chapters alternate between two mysteries, and I found myself hooked by both. It is well paced and full of enough twists and turns to keep me reading. The stories weave together by the end in a very satisfying way. I loved the Sinclair's Mysteries and think this has set the Secret Agents series up to be just as good, if not better. I hope to see many more!Recommended to all MG/YA fans. This book combines the charms of a spy thriller with an action adventure, in a beautifully described historical setting.I received an e-ARC of the book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, however I also purchased an early paperback copy of the book myself from YALC and read from both copies.
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  • Tim Roast
    January 1, 1970
    “Peril in Paris” is a Taylor & Rose Secret Agent book. It is the first in the series but follows characters from the Sinclair’s Mysteries series from the same author. As such it is recommended you read those first, although not essential. This book does standalone but, having not read the others, I didn’t fully know the background to “Fraternitas Draconum” which is an evil collective that features in this book.The story is set in 1911, and I would say the author does a good job of evoking ho “Peril in Paris” is a Taylor & Rose Secret Agent book. It is the first in the series but follows characters from the Sinclair’s Mysteries series from the same author. As such it is recommended you read those first, although not essential. This book does standalone but, having not read the others, I didn’t fully know the background to “Fraternitas Draconum” which is an evil collective that features in this book.The story is set in 1911, and I would say the author does a good job of evoking how I’d imagine that era to be, what with the flimsy aeroplanes, the fashion and the Bradshaw’s Railway Guide getting a mention, and the art of the book, from the cover and the interspersed design elements such as newspaper covers, further augments that feeling.The two main characters are Sophie Taylor and Lillian Rose, both around 17 years of age. These days they are government agents doing vital work for the British Secret Service Bureau. But rather than working together this book follows them on separate missions switching between the two as the stories progress, before the two storylines come together near the end of the book.Sophie is sent to Paris to investigate a murder. “Blaxland worked for us on the quiet… What I need you to do is find out what happened to Blaxland. Did someone deliberately orchestrate his death, and if so who and why?” “If you do find evidence that Blaxland was murdered by our enemies, you will likely be in danger yourself. In that event you must leave Paris and return to London at once.” Ooh, danger.Meanwhile Lil is working undercover in Arnovia. “Arnovia is a tiny country, sandwiched between Germany, Switzerland and Austria-Hungary.” There she is the governess to Crown Prince of Arnovia Alex, 11, and his older sister Anna. But “Arnovia was in danger. The German Empire was working to overthrow Grandfather and to seize control of the country. People were conspiring against the King.”It is a well-written and well-plotted novel, although it may be better if you have read the previous Sinclair’s Mysteries (to fully understand, for example, “Fraternitas Draconum”), and the end leaves at least one plot point is left hanging, presumably to hook you in to read the next in the series when that is out.
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  • Breige
    January 1, 1970
    As a big fan of the Sinclair Mysteries series, featuring Sophie, Lil and the rest of the gang, I was very excited to see that those 4 books wasn't the end of their story. Sophie and Lil now run Taylor and Rose Detective Agency and are so successful that they have others to work on the smaller jobs while they help out with the Secret Service Bureau! The book opens with Lil away on a secret mission and Sophie being sent to Paris to investigate the mysterious death of another British SSB agent. We As a big fan of the Sinclair Mysteries series, featuring Sophie, Lil and the rest of the gang, I was very excited to see that those 4 books wasn't the end of their story. Sophie and Lil now run Taylor and Rose Detective Agency and are so successful that they have others to work on the smaller jobs while they help out with the Secret Service Bureau! The book opens with Lil away on a secret mission and Sophie being sent to Paris to investigate the mysterious death of another British SSB agent. We learn about Arnovia, a tiny country nestled between Germany, Switzerland and Austria-Hungary and meet Anna and Alex, the young princess and prince of the nation. All this comes together and we get to see some old characters and some new ones too. I love the girls in the book, they are so feisty, intelligent and independent. You can tell Sophie and Lil have grown up a bit from the last series, this one feels a bit more grown up and a teeny tiny bit darker (well, much darker as you can get for a middle grade novel!). It's probably because this is now their full time job, they're travelling internationally and the work is more espionage than detective work. Woodfine has done a fantastic job at research as well, nailing the Edwardian historical setting of the book. Only big downside is that Sophie and Lil don't see each other much and don't get a chance to eat cream buns while drinking tea! Hopefully this will be rectified in the next book in the series. A great carry on from the original series, Enid Blyton meets Sally Lockhart, with a dash of The Princess Diaries!
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  • Amy (Golden Books Girl)
    January 1, 1970
    In the first of the new Taylor and Rose, Secret Agents series, we follow Sophie and Lil two years on from the Sinclair`s quartet now that they primarily work on cases for the Secret Service Bureau as spies. It`s told in third person, but we see sections set in two separate places, because the girls are apart for the vast majority of the book, and I enjoyed that a lot. While I love Sophie and Lil`s friendship when they`re sharing scenes, seeing them apart made me appreciate their individual stren In the first of the new Taylor and Rose, Secret Agents series, we follow Sophie and Lil two years on from the Sinclair`s quartet now that they primarily work on cases for the Secret Service Bureau as spies. It`s told in third person, but we see sections set in two separate places, because the girls are apart for the vast majority of the book, and I enjoyed that a lot. While I love Sophie and Lil`s friendship when they`re sharing scenes, seeing them apart made me appreciate their individual strengths even more, and I adored that it was really clear that they missed each other. Another thing I liked about the dual perspective was that the chapters, which alternated, often ended on a cliffhanger, and I found the events of both so exciting that this was just unputdownable at a lot of points. I was a big fan of Anna, who we initially follow in one perspective, and it was great to see so many cameos of the cast of Sinclair`s throughout. Best of all, Katherine Woodfine`s elegant and incredibly detailed writing style is as wonderful as ever, and it created such vivid pictures of the settings for me. I`m so excited to see where Taylor and Rose will go next, and what will unfold there. 5/5
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  • Liesl
    January 1, 1970
    A good old fashioned adventure yarn. I loved the historical setting and the subtle nods to classic adventure stories, not to mention the history of the British Secret Services (yes, I geeked out at the mention of 'C' writing documents in green ink). Fun and engaging characters too, and the two stories wove together nicely. Although this is the start in a new series, several of the principle characters come from Katherine Woodfine's other series about the Sinclair. Despite there being enough expl A good old fashioned adventure yarn. I loved the historical setting and the subtle nods to classic adventure stories, not to mention the history of the British Secret Services (yes, I geeked out at the mention of 'C' writing documents in green ink). Fun and engaging characters too, and the two stories wove together nicely. Although this is the start in a new series, several of the principle characters come from Katherine Woodfine's other series about the Sinclair. Despite there being enough explanation to not feel completely lost, this did have the side-effect of feeling a bit thrown into the story with plenty of the girls' past adventures coming back to haunt them and accordingly having less emotional impact for me than if I had read the original series. That being said, you can definitely jump onto the series from here and I look forward to going back and reading about the Sinclair.Thank you Netgalley for giving me an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • MaykenAlanna
    January 1, 1970
    When I bought this book, I wasn't aware it was a continuation of another series, THE SINCLAIR'S MYSTERIES. The protagonists Sophie Taylor and Lilian Rose came with a lot of backstory unknown to me, but it was nicely woven into the story, just enough to intrigue me a bit (and I just might check out the Sinclair's Mysteries as a result) but not so much as to mar the reading experience.The storytelling from three different points of view (Sophie, Lilian and one-off (?) character Anna) is expertly d When I bought this book, I wasn't aware it was a continuation of another series, THE SINCLAIR'S MYSTERIES. The protagonists Sophie Taylor and Lilian Rose came with a lot of backstory unknown to me, but it was nicely woven into the story, just enough to intrigue me a bit (and I just might check out the Sinclair's Mysteries as a result) but not so much as to mar the reading experience.The storytelling from three different points of view (Sophie, Lilian and one-off (?) character Anna) is expertly done.Living in Paris, I was afraid I'd be stopped by incorrect information, but then this story is set in 1911, which is hardly the same Paris as it is now. The only thing that tripped me up was an occasional typo in French or German words, which is a shame since it can be so easily avoided.The story is less of a mystery and more of a spy story (as is implied by the title), and has surprising twists and turns. I'm looking forward to the sequel.
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  • Sian
    January 1, 1970
    So exciting to join Lil and Sophie on their adventures once again, this time as agents working for the British Government in the Secret Service Bureau.Why this book doesn’t have five stars is simply because I wish there was more of them working together! Although, it was nice to try and solve two mysteries at once instead of one! We join Sophie as she heads to Paris to investigate the death of Professor Blaxland, whilst trying to avoid the clutches of the suspicious grey man, and we simultaneous So exciting to join Lil and Sophie on their adventures once again, this time as agents working for the British Government in the Secret Service Bureau.Why this book doesn’t have five stars is simply because I wish there was more of them working together! Although, it was nice to try and solve two mysteries at once instead of one! We join Sophie as she heads to Paris to investigate the death of Professor Blaxland, whilst trying to avoid the clutches of the suspicious grey man, and we simultaneously join Lil as she is assigned to protect the Arnovian royalty. Neither have heard from the other in forever, and there is no way these assignments could ever coincide, is there?Far from London, and the prestigious department store Sinclair’s, ‘Peril in Paris’ truly lives up to its name. I’m looking forward to the next one!
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  • Sophia
    January 1, 1970
    I have read Katherine Woodfines other Sinclair Mysteries and loved them all. This book however, is even better than the others (and thats saying something!)! I love the fact that you follow two different espionage cases at once (Lil's and Sophie's) then they combine to make an AMAZING end few chapters that are literally amazing! However, it ends on a very tense cliffhanger, yet there is no mention of a further book. I really hope one is written though! I would recommend this book to anyone inter I have read Katherine Woodfines other Sinclair Mysteries and loved them all. This book however, is even better than the others (and thats saying something!)! I love the fact that you follow two different espionage cases at once (Lil's and Sophie's) then they combine to make an AMAZING end few chapters that are literally amazing! However, it ends on a very tense cliffhanger, yet there is no mention of a further book. I really hope one is written though! I would recommend this book to anyone interested in foreign espionage, suspense and proper page turner ending! Hope this review is useful! I didn't want to say too much because of spoilers!
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  • Robyn
    January 1, 1970
    So glad to be back with Sophie and Lil! I really was sad that our heroines spent the entire book separated from each other, as well as being divided from the rest of the wonderful group. The way the various characters work together and play off of each other is a big part of the joy of Woodfine's works. But the ladies are growing older and more independent, and it wouldn't be sensible to expect the Secret Service to always assign them together. I'm glad enough of the new series to see where it g So glad to be back with Sophie and Lil! I really was sad that our heroines spent the entire book separated from each other, as well as being divided from the rest of the wonderful group. The way the various characters work together and play off of each other is a big part of the joy of Woodfine's works. But the ladies are growing older and more independent, and it wouldn't be sensible to expect the Secret Service to always assign them together. I'm glad enough of the new series to see where it goes.
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  • C.G.
    January 1, 1970
    Youthful Fiction with a FlairI read the first series by Wood fine, and didn't realize this was a continuation of it, but was pleased when that became clear. It's not great fiction, but it's a fun little mystery. Kidnapping attempts, secret service assignments (that seem a little over the top for a 17 year old girl in 1911), loose ends, girl power, airfield excitement...Woodfine puts a little bit of every spy, adventure, and mystery story in this new series. It's a cute 3-star story, which I prob Youthful Fiction with a FlairI read the first series by Wood fine, and didn't realize this was a continuation of it, but was pleased when that became clear. It's not great fiction, but it's a fun little mystery. Kidnapping attempts, secret service assignments (that seem a little over the top for a 17 year old girl in 1911), loose ends, girl power, airfield excitement...Woodfine puts a little bit of every spy, adventure, and mystery story in this new series. It's a cute 3-star story, which I probably would have enjoyed more as a 11/12/13 year old.
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  • Liz Filleul
    January 1, 1970
    Katherine Woodfine's books are so clever and well crafted, and Peril in Paris is no exception. This is the first in a new series of adventures for Sophie and Lil from Woodfine's Sinclair's mysteries. Sophie and Lil are a couple of years older and working for the British secret service, and are as resourceful and daring as ever. The book contains a plot line about a Ruritanian kingdom and to my delight there is a reference to the Crown Prince of Belsornia! This is a really entertaining book and I Katherine Woodfine's books are so clever and well crafted, and Peril in Paris is no exception. This is the first in a new series of adventures for Sophie and Lil from Woodfine's Sinclair's mysteries. Sophie and Lil are a couple of years older and working for the British secret service, and are as resourceful and daring as ever. The book contains a plot line about a Ruritanian kingdom and to my delight there is a reference to the Crown Prince of Belsornia! This is a really entertaining book and I look forward to the next in the series.
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  • Beth Younge
    January 1, 1970
    I've read most of Katherine Woodfine's Sinclair Mystery series and knew i had to continue with the characters in the first book of this new series. I loved how Lil and Sophie are on two separate tasks that become one over the course of the book. Woodfine had me hooked from the second chapter and it was great to see the characters from her previous series with some new faces. I'm already planning on reading the next book when it comes out as i have to know what happens next!I received this book f I've read most of Katherine Woodfine's Sinclair Mystery series and knew i had to continue with the characters in the first book of this new series. I loved how Lil and Sophie are on two separate tasks that become one over the course of the book. Woodfine had me hooked from the second chapter and it was great to see the characters from her previous series with some new faces. I'm already planning on reading the next book when it comes out as i have to know what happens next!I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • I Read, Therefore I Blog
    January 1, 1970
    Katherine Woodfine’s latest historical adventure for children aged 9+ continues the SINCLAIR MYSTERIES SERIES, combining mystery and espionage to fast-paced effect while featuring evocative illustrations by Karl James Mountford. Because Sophie and Lil are older now, Woodfine’s introduces the younger characters of Anna and Alex to keep the target audience interested while making full and clever use of the intrigue and paranoia of the period.
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  • Mollie Fredrickson
    January 1, 1970
    Love love love. I have to admit, the start was slow for me. I don’t know why, but after a while I persevered, because of my love for the Sinclair mysteries, and I am so glad I did. The story turned out to be awesome and the setting, beautiful.
  • Aimee
    January 1, 1970
    Back with a bang! This book was SO good, I couldn't put it down! Katherine writes about Paris and her fictional country so well; I now don't know whether I prefer the Sinclair`s Mysteries or this new series! Back with a bang! This book was SO good, I couldn't put it down! Katherine writes about Paris and her fictional country so well; I now don't know whether I prefer the Sinclair`s Mysteries or this new series!
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  • John
    January 1, 1970
    I didn’t think this was as good a read as the previous adventures. It was still an enjoyable read, there was just something about this one that made it flow a little less easier.... still looking forward to the next instalment, though....
  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    3 stars for adult compatibility, would have rated it higher reading as a child.Loved the idea of spying - a change from the mystery stories, which never really gelled with me. Was happy to see the mention of Prisoner of Zenda.
  • Inaya
    January 1, 1970
    I had high expectations going into this book as I loved the Sinclair's Mysteries. This book not only met my expectations, but surpassed them. A triumph!
  • Travis
    January 1, 1970
    I didn't like this as much as the Sinclair Mysteries. I don't know if it was because everyone was separated or what. But it was still a good book and I'm looking forward to the next one.
  • Vonprice
    January 1, 1970
    See review on my blog:https://vsviewfromthebookshelves.home...
  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    A fun continuation of the Sinclair mysteries. Does end on a cliff hanger with only one plot resolved.
  • Sharon
    January 1, 1970
    Oh so good! I need more Taylor & Rose.
  • Katilipops
    January 1, 1970
    Fun continuation of the characters in a new adventure series.
  • Brittany Morgan
    January 1, 1970
    Really great how the stories came together.
  • Amanda Rose
    January 1, 1970
    Amazing as always
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