I received a free digital copy of this book from the author’s publicist in exchange for an honest review.
Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway’s Ghost is the exciting second installment in a new series of adventure mystery stories that are one part travel, one part history and five parts adventure. This second book in the series continues the adventures of Kitty Hawk, an intrepid teenage pilot who has decided to follow in the footsteps of her hero Amelia Earhart and make an epic flight around the entire world. After flying across North America Kitty’s journey takes her down south to Florida where she plans to get a bit of rest and relaxation before continuing on with the rest of her long and grueling flight. As Kitty explores the strange and magical water world of the Florida Keys her knack for getting herself into precarious situations sweeps her headlong into the adventure of a lifetime involving mysterious lights, ancient shipwrecks, razor-toothed barracudas and even a sighting of the great Ernest Hemingway himself. This exhilarating story will have armchair explorers and amateur detectives alike anxiously following every twist and turn as they are swept across the landscape and history of the Florida Keys all the way from Key West to the strange and remarkable world of Fort Jefferson and the Dry Tortugas.
I enjoy this cover because it has little bits and pieces of what happens throughout the story. Each object on the cover is in the book and it’s almost as though the cover itself is a picture summary. The colors are bright and pretty, and while I like the font of the title, it is a little hard to read, especially with its size.
I read the first book in the series and enjoyed it. So, when I was approached to read this one, I said yes.
Kitty has found herself in the middle of yet another mystery. Starting where we left off in the previous book, she has begun her trip around the world. She lands in Florida and learns a lot about Ernest Hemingway, including coming across his “ghost.”
She ends up in the middle of something much deeper (yes, that was a pun). I thought it was well done and everything tied together nicely. I think I enjoyed this one more than the first.
I’ve come to realize Kitty gets herself into these messes because she’s extremely nosy. It reminds me a little of Nancy Drew. It works, though none of this would happen if Kitty just went on her merry way. She still has conversations with herself which still bothers me. However, it wasn’t as overbearing as the first book so it made the reading easier.
She meets Jack and Jodi, a couple who sort of take Kitty under their wing as she goes on her vacation in Florida before her long trip. I enjoyed their characters and what they brought to the table.
I even liked James, the tour guide, and wish he was in it a little more.
This mystery is easy to follow along yet it’s not so easy to figure out. I was intrigued from the moment Kitty seemed to have found Hemingway’s ghost in the beginning and couldn’t figure out what it was. The history wasn’t overbearing and I feel like I actually learned something, geography included, and even about Hemingway himself.
This is an enjoyable read. It’s entertaining, educational, and a fairly quick read. If you enjoy light mysteries and young adult, try this one out.
Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway’s Ghost by Iain Reading gets…
4 out of 5 cups
“And so it went, my imagination running wild and jumping from one absurd explanation to the next until I finally fell asleep.” –Iain Reading, Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway’s Ghost
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About the Author:
Iain Reading is passionate about Root Beer, music, and writing. He is Canadian, but currently resides in the Netherlands working for the United Nations.
Iain is the author of the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series, The Wizards of Waterfire Series, and the dragon of the month club. To learn more, go to his Amazon page.