County Down

I haven’t written a lot of book reviews this month because I was on holiday in County Down and we saw some amazing wildlife like Little Egrets, Red Kites, Lapwings, Curlew Sandpipers and Buzzards.  Here are a few photos from  the holiday:

 

July Holidays in Portrush

A view of the Mourne Mountains.

 

July Holidays in Portrush

A grasshopper found in Tullymore Forest.

 

July Holidays in Portrush

A river in Tullymore Forest.

 

July Holidays in Portrush

A tree over a river in Tullymore Forest

 

July Holidays in Portrush

Another photo of a river

 

July Holidays in Portrush

A river fork at Tullymore

 

July Holidays in Portrush

An interesting thistle at Tullymore Forest

 

July Holidays in Portrush

A fish in a rock pool in the Bloody Bridge area

 

July Holidays in Portrush

The river at Bloody Bridge

 

July Holidays in Portrush

A view of the Mournes from Dundrum Bay

 

July Holidays in Portrush

Two Red Kites flying over our heads

 

July Holidays in Portrush

A frog we found when we were watching a Buzzard.

 

July Holidays in Portrush

A mixture of Lapwings, Redshanks, gulls, Curlews and other waders flying over Dundrum Bay.

 

July Holidays in Portrush

A Buzzard that we got really close up to.

 

July Holidays in Portrush

The Buzzard flying away.

 

July Holidays in Portrush

Another photo of the Buzzard in flight.

 

July Holidays in Portrush

The Buzzard sitting on a tree.

 

 

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The Phoenix Code, by Helen Moss

The first in Helen Moss’s new “Secret’s of the Tomb’s” series, The Phoenix Code is based in Egypt, in the Valley of the Kings.

The book starts off with a team of archaeologists exploring Pharaoh Smenkhkare’s tomb.  Their main aim was to uncover the Benben Stone, a mythical Egyptian pyramidal stone.  In a document found in Smenkhkare’s tomb, he confesses that he stole the Benben Stone and put it in the third chamber of his tomb.

As soon as the third chamber is found, it is explored- and nothing is found.  Daughter of the lead archaeologists, Cleopatra McNeil (Cleo for short!) is convinced they have been looking for it in the wrong place so she, and the son of the journalist covering the case, set about finding it.

It is a trickier problem than it first seems, though, but after narrowly escaping a dangerous pitfall, they find the place where Cleo is convinced the Benben, and the rest of the missing burial treasure is.

Yet again, however, they are disappointed.  After a brainwave of Cleo’s (as I don’t want to spoil the story I won’t tell you what it is), they are on the roll again.

Just when they seem in arms reach of the Benben, an unknown enemy seems determined to find the stone themselves…..

The Phoenix Code is a brilliant book and is definitely a must buy for anyone who like adventure and mystery books.

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My Top Ten Mystery Books

This is my list of the best adventure/mystery books for children.  I’m listing them in reverse order, starting from ten to my favourite of all, number one.

10. The Mystery of the Burnt Cottage, by Enid Blyton.

A mystery with a very surprising solution.  The Five Find-Outers solve the mystery with a bit of Sherlock-Homes-rivalling deduction and observance.

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9. The Secret of Spiggy Holes, by Enid Blyton.

A wonderful adventure book, complete with secret passages and a gang of kidnapping criminals.

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8. The Mystery of the Hidden Gold, by Helen Moss.

A brilliant story, expertly told.

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7. The Mystery of the Invisible Spy, by Helen Moss.

I love the spy theme to this book and the way the plot completely twists half way through.  A very, very good book.

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 6. The Adventurous Four, by Enid Blyton.

This is a very exciting book, with loads of adventure, and because of that, it’s getting a sixth place finish.

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5. The Mystery of the Black Salamander, by Helen Moss.

This is a BRILLIANT book, and is possibly number one in the most complicated plot competition (if there is one!).

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4. The Strike of the Shark, by Bear Grylls.

When I started reading this I thought it was going to be about a boy surviving all kinds of extreme locations and animals, which would have been brilliant, but it combines this with a whole load of mystery, which secures its number four finish.

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3. The Mystery of the Secret Room, by Helen Moss.

I like this book because it is packed with adventure and kept me hooked until the very end.  I also like sort of history-mystery thing because the feeling in the book that the mystery is centuries old makes this definitely the third best mystery book I’ve read so far.

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2. The Extraordinary Cases of Sherlock Homes, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

I have just bought this book and it is brilliant.  It is a selection of eight Sherlock Homes cases and it is amazing.  If I had to give it a rating out of ten, I would give it eleven!

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1.The Mystery of the Phoenix Code, by Helen Moss.

This is, without a shadow of a doubt, my favourite mystery book ever, with one of the most unguessable plots ever.  As soon as I bought it I read it three times in a row I liked it so much!

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I hope you enjoy my list, and call back as I might be reviewing some of these books in more detail soon.  🙂

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