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Peril in Paris by Katherine WoodfinePeril in Paris is the first novel in a brand new historical espionage adventure series, Taylor & Rose: Secret Agents.

Written by popular author Katherine Woodfine and with illustrations by Karl James Mountford, Peril in Paris will is published in August 2018.

This new standalone series picks up in 1911 with the two heroines from Katherine Woodfine’s bestselling The Sinclair’s Mysteries, detectives Sophie Taylor and Lil Rose, who are stepping boldly into the world of international espionage.

In Peril in Paris, Sophie and Lil must leave London for the boulevards and grand hotels of Paris, on a case for the mysterious Secret Service Bureau. But danger lurks beneath the bright lights of the city – and intrigue and murder lie in store.

Each book will centre around a mission taking Sophie and Lil to exciting locations around the world, with an overarching story across the quartet. The series features favourite characters and cameos from The Sinclair’s Mysteries as well as a rich cast of new characters.

Katherine Woodfine says ‘I couldn’t be more delighted to be working with Egmont on this new quartet, which takes its cue from the huge popularity of spy novels in the years running up to World War I. The series is inspired by classic spy stories and real-life tales of female spies – as well as the early history of MI5 and MI6, which began life in the 1900s. It’s been great fun to explore the world of Edwardian espionage, and to give detective heroines Sophie and Lil the chance to turn their talents to becoming undercover secret agents.’

‘I’m thrilled to be once again teaming up with brilliant Sinclair’s Mysteries illustrator Karl James Mountford for these books. His glorious cover for Peril in Paris perfectly conjures up the intrepid spirit of Sophie and Lil’s new adventures.’

Karl James Mountford says ‘I’m pretty darn excited about the art work for Katherine Woodfine’s new series, as a fan of Woodfine’s writing it’s always a pleasure to reflect the story and era within the pages, through the artwork.’

Ali Dougal, Publishing Director at Egmont UK, said ‘Katherine is an ambassador for children’s books and an inspiration to her readers. We’re proud to be her publisher, and of everything she brings to our growing middle-grade list: brilliantly plotted mysteries, exquisite historical detail, gorgeous global locations – and strong heroines getting things done!’

Pre-order your copy of Peril in Paris today to be the first to read this great new children’s novel in August 2018.

About The Sinclair’s Mysteries

The Clockwork Sparrow is the first book in the Sinclair’s Mysteries quartet, a fast-paced, Edwardian mystery adventure for readers 9+. Miss Sophie Taylor and Miss Lilian Rose embark on a heroic mission to crack codes, devour iced buns and bring the villains who stole the irreplaceable Clockwork Sparrow to justice.

Marvel as Sophie and Lil don cunning disguises, mingle in high society and munch many cucumber sandwiches to solve a curious case in The Jewelled Moth. Applaud their bravery as they follow a trail of terrible secrets that leads straight to London’s most dangerous criminal mastermind.

When a priceless painting is stolen,  Sophie and Lil find themselves faced with forgery, trickery and deceit on all sides. Be amazed as the brave duo pit their wits against this perilous puzzle in The Painted Dragon.

As sinister secrets come to light, our intrepid heroines find themselves faced with a more baffling mystery than ever before! Can they uncover the truth in time to foil a truly diabolical plot? Prepare for shocks and surprises in the thrilling conclusion to the Sinclair’s Mysteries, The Midnight Peacock.

About Katherine Woodfine

Portrait of Author Katherine WoodfineKatherine Woodfine is a true champion of children’s literature. Until 2015 she was Arts Project Manager for Booktrust, where she project-managed the Children’s Laureateship and YALC, the UK’s first Young Adult Literature Convention, curated by Malorie Blackman.

She is part of the founding team at Down the Rabbit Hole, a monthly show for Resonance FM discussing children’s literature. Katherine blogs at followtheyellow.co.uk. She lives in London.

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