Phyllis Wong and the Forgotten Secrets of Mr Okyto is a fun mystery story. Phyllis is into magic and she has a knack for it. Her great-grandfather was a world famous magician who disappeared mysteriously; Phyllis has obviously inherited his abilities. Phyllis also fancies herself as a bit of a super-sleuth.
So when the lady in the antique shop tells her that one of her expensive blue wren bookends has been swapped right underneath her watchful eyes, Phyllis is on the case!
Phyllis is a strong female character, the story is well-written and detailed. The content is appropriate for strong 8+ readers although the tone is aimed at 10+ readers who enjoy something out of the ordinary.
Phyllis Wong has an August publication date in Australia through Allen and Unwin. Geoffrey McSkimming is an Australian author.
A junior Jonathan Creek-style mystery in which the clever and resourceful young magician, Phyllis Wong, helps solve numerous crimes including the thefts of a missing diamond necklace and the most valuable painting ever to come to the city.
Conjuring is in Phyllis Wong’s veins. It was passed down from her great-grandfather who, before his mysterious disappearance, was one of the world’s most brilliant and successful magicians. Now Phyllis lives in what was his grand old home, converted into a number of apartments, in the middle of the city with her father and her loyal dog Daisy.
When a series of incomprehensible robberies takes place in the city, Phyllis realises there is much more to the crimes than meets the eye. It may be baffling her friend Chief Inspector Inglis, but Phyllis is determined to find out more. Who is this thief? What does he want? And how is he achieving the impossible?