The Truth About Verity Sparks | Susan Green

A thoroughly enjoyable ramble through Victorian London complete with pea-soupers, horse-drawn carriages and Cockney accents!

Verity is a young orphan working as a milliner’s assistant. Her life seems to stretch ahead of her full of hard work and loneliness. Except that Verity has a gift. The gift of finding lost things. When Verity finds a lost gem she comes to the attention of the Professor who runs a Confidential Inquiry Agency.

Verity’s life changes dramatically as she helps the Professor in his work. She is accepted into his family, given food, shelter and new clothes. As Verity explores her special gift of finding lost things, she also uncovers the mystery to her own past.

My only concern was that the last few pages tidied everything up rather too neatly and left us in no doubt of a book two and that it would bring all the characters to Australia.

Verity is a great read for 10+ mature readers. My only hesitation for younger readers or sensitive types is that the book explores seances, psychic phenomena and that two of the main characters are rather large boa constrictors!

Verity Sparks is a thirteen-year-old orphan working as a milliner in Victorian London. But Verity is no ordinary girl – she has an almost perfect memory and possesses the talent of Teleagtivism. She can easily find things that are lost! When Verity is wrongly accused of theft and dismissed from her job, she goes to live with the Plushes – a slightly Bohemian family who run a Confidential Inquiry Agency. Verity helps them solve cases and slowly becomes one of the family.

But patches of the truth about her past begin to surface, along with the special talent that Professor Plush is helping her explore. Who were her real parents? Is she the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter? Who is sending poison pen letters about Verity to the Plushes? Who doesn’t want them to learn the truth about Verity Sparks?

An adventure/mystery with a dash of the supernatural thrown in; The Truth About Verity Sparks is packed with chases through the dark alleys of London, séances in high-class dining rooms, pet pythons named Anthony and Cleopatra, murdered opera singers and much, much more.

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