Lost glory and hidden treasure-tryst with history

A black sedan is following kitty and Andrew-and with every passing second the distance is reducing.
Kitty was yet to grasp what has just started to happen-as if a Hollywood action movie chase sequence is being enacted in front of her-unfortunately her being a very much alive part of it.
Andrew suggested an idea- at the crossroad kitty will get down from the car, with the picture and Andrew will continue to drive- deceiving their followers in black sedan. She will hide behind the sphinx statue-and when everything gets normal they will meet again. This is his Plan A-if that does not work-she will just go to the water and start the jet ski and speed up to go out of sight.
Foolproof plan-isn’t it?
But kitty has not kept in mind her inquisitive nature-something caught attention of her –made her excited.
It was the hieroglyphics.
She forgot everything in a haze-her chaser-her stolen picture- what lies ahead. She wanted to read the script with a torchlight-completely forgetting the fact that the beam of light might attract the black sedan.
And it did-exactly like that.
What kitty will do now? Will her plan B work?
Kitty Hawk and the Tragedy of the RMS Titanic by Iain Reading is the fourth book of the Kitty Hawk flying detective agency series. Anyone who is acquainted with Kitty knows quite well that where Kitty does go –some mysteries do follow her-and this time is no exception. And this is for the first time she has been actually hired by a client to solve a mystery that remained unsolved for generations-a mystery involving one of the most tragic incidents in the history of modern world. This story is an absorbing chronicle of Kitty being a part of the sinking of the RMS Titanic.
It all started when Kitty-our young protagonist and a rare blend of Mongo Park and Sherlock Holmes was met by Andrew-during her stay at Ireland. Andrew’s family received an envelope way back in 1937-containing a cutting from a newspaper and a black and white photograph-taken at the Cork harbour-during the eventful journey of Titanic. And for years the family was a part of history-and desperately questing for light. Confused? Let me explain it.
The first officer of the unsinkable ship who was bestowed with the duty of watching the navigation of the ship on that eventful night was the great uncle of Andrew-William McMaster Murdoch. The night was blistering cold-and everybody on board has a feeling that ice is nearby. The eventful night of the first and last journey was made alive by the pen of Iain. As usual it is a rare combination of entertainment mixed with knowledge. Tales associated with the sinking of the great ship found their way in such a manner that you may feel a black face-with eyes burning like coals are gazing at you-if you wake up during the night after finishing the book. The steady progress of the ship-the collision-the shock of the passengers- the struggle for existence all found their way in such a fashion in the book that you may think you are amid the tragedy-listening to the last prayers of the passengers. and then the moment came
‘For a moment, the lights of the ship blazed brightly before flickering into darkness. A terrible roar arose from deep inside Titanic as the entire contents of the enormous ship broke free-everything from gigantic boilers to tiny teaspoons. High in the air the ship’s stern seemed to hang motionless for an eternity before finally plummeting down into the icy black abyss.
As the water closed over titanic’s aft railing, the great ship disappeared from sight leaving only the horrific screams of the dying that would haunt the survivors for the rest of their lives. But slowly even those screams died out, leaving only an icy cold silence as the survivors waited in the darkness for rescue.’
But nobody knows what happened to the first officer-the ancestor of the Andrews. Somebody said they had seen him suicide in gunpoint- somebody said he had been swept away to the depth of the ocean-but one thing is certain. He had been portrayed as villain by media at large-and his image remained almost the same after so many years.
Andrew wanted Kitty to unearth what really happened on that eventful day? Was he really to be blamed? It went all wrong on that night. But was it a collective decision or a personal blame?
There is another mystery shrouding the envelope that Andrew family received years ago. There is a rumour that Rubiyat e Omar Khayyam –the original eternal book of love poems- dazzled with gold and gemstones had been lost with the sinking of the ship. The director of the white star linear- whose proud possession was the titanic – had somehow escaped the tragedy and Andrew’s family believed that he had managed to take it to safety.
The envelopes contain threads to the mystery-the key to the treasure of the invaluable book of love!
Back of the photo contained some scribbles-maybe some code. Through generations the Andrew family tried their best-consulted all expert-but all in vain.
Now it is the turn of Kitty to make a brilliant move of detection. And she is successful-at least initially. The photo leads the duo to see some light at the end of the tunnel. Here kitty shows brilliant power of detection-deciphering the first step of the mystery.
First step lead them to the house of the former director-where a particular picture of the titanic may lead them to the second step of mystery. Now the question is-will his heir will allow them?
With every passing moment- new clues will lead her towards the truth. The story gains momentum as the plot progresses-at the speed of a rocket. The cultural punch of the British Isles imparts a whole new perspective to the entire story-the people and their culture as usual made the story alive –like other Kitty Hawk adventures.
Iain has created such a reliable ambiance of medieval London within modern London-a London city where the footstep of Jack the Ripper stole the sleep of the people, where a tall man covered in an overcoat and hat is after the criminals – it can create an illusion at times in the mind of the reader that whether he is inside a time machine or not.
But to be or not to be-that is the question.

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The review was done courtesy to the copy provided by the writer in association with bookpublicityservices.com,

And the views expressed by me is my honest thinking of the book.

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