I have a new series to add to my list of favorites! My girls and I finished the first title in The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency series, The Case of the Missing Moonstone, by Jordan Stratford earlier this week. This book is a mishmash of fun historical fiction and girl-power heroines full of both moxie and smarts. The Wollstonecraft Detectives are Ada Byron, daughter of Lord Byron, and Mary Wolstonecraft (who will become Mary Shelley). Other historical and literary figures make their appearances here, including Percy Shelley, Charles Babbage, and even Charles Dickens. Readers who prefer their historical fiction to be entirely historically accurate will find much to be bothered by in this series; Stratford makes no bones about the fact that Ada Byron and Mary Wolstonecraft would not have exactly been contemporaries, etc. Also, the story has a modern-day sensitivity to individual differences–Ada Byron seems suspiciously Asperger-ish to me. Still, all the name dropping and clever references are very entertaining, and my girls really liked the gentle mystery included in the story. Even the title of the book is a nod to the first detective story. This book would make a great introduction to the world of women in science and technology, the Romantic Period, or even the history of computers (reading about Ada’s friendship with Charles Babbage brought back memories of my days in a computer science class 🙂 ). We give The Case of the Missing Moonstone a Highly Recommended and eagerly await the publication of the next book in the series in January 2016.
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