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There is a hidden treasure in the grand old mansion on Piccadilly Street, in a place called London, but not the real London of English fame. There’s also a lot of mystery and a murder that’s been unsolved for decades. But it’s the treasure that captures Mary’s interest. 

Mary lives in this house along with her family, her Brownie friends and a ghost. When the ghost reveals her secret about the hidden treasure, there’s no stopping Mary, her Brownie friends, or her enemies from searching for this treasure. 

Why the intrigue? Apparently there’s a little bit of magic connected to this treasure. And so the adventure begins. Who will find the treasure first?

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Emily-Jane Hills Orford is an award-winning author of several books, including Gerlinda (CFA 2016) which received an Honorable Mention in the 2016 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, To Be a Duke (CFA 2014) which was named Finalist and Silver Medalist in the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and received an Honorable Mention in the 2015 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. She writes about the extra-ordinary in life and her books, short stories, and articles are receiving considerable attention. For more information on the author, check out her website at: http://emilyjanebooks.ca


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My Review
5 stars

Mrs. Murray hid a special ring in the house but can’t remember where. Miss Penelope is back and wants that ring to increase her power. Mary has her hands full recovering from her illness, fitting in at school, and being the youngest child. But she is determined to find the ring and try to stop Miss Penelope.

Everyone is back for another adventure. Mary just knows that evil witch is Miss Penelope since she is acting just like the witch in her last adventure. Then she learns about the ring of Mrs. Murray’s and goes on the hunt for it to keep it out of Miss Penelope’s hands. Thankfully all the magical creatures are there to help her.

I love this series. This book is written where it can be a standalone but I really enjoyed it right after reading the first book. My heart goes out to Mary. She has made a friend but Miss Penelope is just horrible to both girls. I loved everything Mary goes through to find the ring and all the magical creatures that are along for the ride.

This is a wonderful story for all ages even if it is meant to be a mid-grade read. I really hope there is more to come in this series. I can’t wait to read more about Mary and Mrs. Murray’s adventures.

Also, Book 1…

Mrs. Murray’s Ghost (Piccadilly Street – 1) by Emily-Jane Hills Orford
Mary’s family has moved into a huge Victorian mansion. She loves her gigantic new house, especially her room. But then she begins to meet the house’s other residents. Mrs. Murray was murdered in Mary’s new house. At first she tries to scare the new residents away, but there seems to be a force connecting the ghost to Mary. Even the stranded Brownies, the little people who live between the walls, feel that connection. When Mary becomes deathly ill, the Brownies and the ghost team up to try to rescue her, only to encounter a witch and her evil minions. Time is running out. They must rescue Mary from a fever-induced dream world before she is trapped there forever.
My Review
5 Stars

Ten year old Mary and her family have moved into a mansion in London, Ontario. Mary quickly discovers that the house is haunted by the ghost, Mrs. Murray. Mrs. Murray is not happy that someone is staying in her house and does what she can to try and scare them out. Mary is frightened at first but after meeting the Brownies in the wall she learns that Mrs. Murray and Mary have a connection.

But then Mary becomes ill. Mary is trapped in a dream world by an evil witch. The sicker the gets in our world the further she goes in the dream world. It’s up to Mrs. Murray and the Brownies to save her before she gets trapped forever.

This is a wonderful mid-grade read. Although it has a ghost it is not scary. Well Mary is scared at first but she soon learns about the Brownies and the real Mrs. Murray. I love how everyone works together to save Mary from the witch.

I recommend this for mid-grade readers that enjoy a slightly scary and fantasy stories. But really this book will appeal to all ages.

Top Ten List

1 – I have a very special muse – my dog, Duke. I take pleasure in our daily walks and the inspiration he provides me on these walks.

2 – I love to cross-stitch. Mostly small projects, as I need the creative release after working on my long writing projects.

3 – I love to read – a day without reading is like a day without sunshine.

4 – I enjoy baking and browsing cookbooks.

5 – I used to ride horses and will occasionally enjoy a trail ride with my daughter.

6 – When my children were young, we learned Highland dancing together.

7 – An ideal outing for me is either a bookstore (new or used) or a garden center – or, better yet, both.

8 – I spend most of the spring, summer and fall in my garden – at least, when I’m not writing.

9 – I enjoy sharing creative ideas with fellow writers and artists. Networking is always good for the soul as well as the creative muse.

10 – I really did grow up in a haunted house.

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