Book Review: Haunted by Tessa Buckley

Alex doesn’t believe in ghosts, but he is about to have his beliefs challenged…

When Jimmy Devlin asks the twins to investigate the strange things that have been happening at The Priory, Alex seizes the opportunity to prove to his sister that there is no such thing as ghosts. However, it soon becomes clear that unquiet spirits are not the only problem facing the Devlin family.

Are the family servants hiding secrets? Has a valuable ring been stolen, or just mislaid? And what has happened to Jimmy’s missing elder brother, Harry? As the twins and Jimmy try to solve the many mysteries of The Priory, they discover they are dealing with a very dangerous enemy…

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Twins Donna and Alex formed their own detective agency because they’re such good sleuths. Unfortunately, they’re also good at getting into trouble. When their friend Jimmy asks them to investigate strange occurrences at his new home, they’re happy to. Alex is determined to prove to Donna that ghosts don’t exist and they’re able to attribute everything to humans…well, almost everything.

Haunted is a great story for middle school readers. It has mystery, suspense, and action. It even gets scary once or twice. The characters are well-developed and it’s easy to get caught up in the mystery. The staff at the Priory (Jimmy’s house) are all a bit odd and well described.

This is a good book and one that I’m going to recommend to my niece. She’s the right age to read it and I think she’ll like it!

About the Author

Tessa Buckley was an inveterate scribbler as a child, and spent much of her time writing and illustrating stories. After studying Interior Design, she spent fifteen years working for architects and designers. She took up writing again after her young daughter complained that she couldn’t find enough adventure stories to read. This led, in 2016, to the publication of  Eye Spy, the first in a series of detective stories for 9-12 year olds, designed to encourage reluctant readers. The second book in the series, Haunted, was a finalist in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards 2017. 

Tessa lives with her husband and a large white cat called Pippa. in a town on the Thames estuary, which inspired the seaside setting for the novels. She also writes about health and nutrition, and family history, which has been her passion for many years.

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