Kitty in rome-an encounter with history

Kitty Hawk and the Mystery of the Masterpieces (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #5)Kitty Hawk and the Mystery of the Masterpieces by Iain Reading
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

And then a portion of the wall cracked open-and before anybody has a chance to have a good look at the escaping figure-dressed all black-rushed towards the front door.
Everyone presented in the room were shocked but the sudden turn of the events-but Charlie –smarter than anybody- tried to get an upper hand over the escaping figure-
However the mysterious figure was too quick to respond-what Charlie was able to do was to hit kitty and both of them made all others present in the room off balance.
Chaos everywhere and the figure left the room –safe and sound!
But the door of mystery was left wide open- mystery that is far deeper than the Mariana trench.
Inside the small secret space- there is nothing but a radio receiver, a table and a chair.
And suddenly a mechanical robotic sound starts to emit some meaningless words…….
Meaningless, are they?
Kitty Hawk and the Mystery of Masterpieces-by Iain Reading is the fifth book in the Kitty Hawk flying detective agency series is the breathtaking experience of young Kitty in the backdrop of art theft. It is an absorbing tale of international art collections and art smuggling, spying secrets, coded messages –all amid the backdrop of history.
It all started after Kitty left Ireland-involved in a successful treasure hunt-challenging and threatening and arrived in Rome. After all, all road leads to Rome. Here she has a reunion with Charlie-with whom she has an encounter with her first adventure involving another treasure hunt. It is like a rendezvous with history for the young detective-walking through the avenue of memory-memory of gladiators, memory of Cesar’s chariot returning to Rome after triumph-and it is where her next case is presented before her.
It is nothing but sheer brilliance of her power of detection that helped her to recognise an ordinary looking painting hanging on her friend’s house as one of the master pieces by van Gogh-the master of impressionism! What the picture is doing in her friend’s house-when it should find its way in a museum. And they found startling revelation with a little bit of help from the technology-
‘What is the world is it? Vega asked in growing concern as she saw the same stunned expression slowly come over my face as well.
I looked up at Matteo in utter disbelief after reading the final two sentences of the painting’s online description.
‘Stolen?’ I exclaimed as Matteo and i simultaneously spun our heads to stare across the room at the painting that was hiding the wall of their father’s apartment ‘the painting was stolen?’
Another little bit of help from the measuring devices was enough to put them under confusion-whether the invaluable painting was hanging in front of them?
Any element of doubt that was inside their mind had been evaporated by the sister of Matteo- the television programmer who had some good experience with artworks. She confirmed that not only the artwork suspected to be a Van Gogh is a Van Gogh indeed but other two harmless looking simple paintings hanging on are authentic pieces of art- from the masters of impressionism.
It is now mystery split all over. The original paintings are probably worth millions-and they are finding their way in a private house at Rome. But it is only the tip of the iceberg. The gradual plunging deep into mystery will make the reader amazed. As they were all mystified with stolen artworks- a steaming sound took away their attention. They went to the source-and the experience has been narrated at the introduction of this piece.
Now questions are to be asked. How the father of Kitty’s friend got possession of such invaluable artworks? What is his true identity? Why there is radio receiver in his room? Why it is inside a secret chamber?
Endless rows of questions-a single brain to solve all these.
Kitty shows brilliant detection power-but what is amazing for this young lady edition of Sherlock Holmes-she is also capable of seeing bright side of a dark man-or in other words positive traits of a negative character. In her detection stories- humane sides of the so called criminals get revealed. And this story is no exception-as we will see later as we progress into the story. So the room that the black figure revealed was full of mystery- a mysterious static radio making sequence of words and letters-a bunch of numbers –apparently without any sequence, meaningless and letters written in a random fashion.
Kitty this time found himself surrounded by numbers and alphabets- taking her into deep of spy secret-coded messages-decoding techniques-combination and permutation. And writer’s passion for deciphering may prove infectious to the reader too-enjoying every bit of the unknown.
Rome to Germany-the trail of the stolen artwork mystery takes Kitty from marvel to marvel- newer clues give the story new twist and turns at every corner-and the speed turns breathtaking. Here foes turn friends and friends turn foes-here the facade of a man can’t be believed –and here the history takes a tryst with mystery.
Always the story of kitty is filled up with aroma of the land and the people, heritage and culture-but this one is quite exceptional as the racial discrimination policy of fascist Germany has been expressed in a style that is enough to shake the mind of the young adult readers from the roots.
‘Arbeit Macht Frei,the gate read, work makes you free.
Those few simple words mark the entrance to one of the most notorious places on earth-the site of the former Nazi concentration camp of Dachau.
You’re probably asking yourself why in the world I would want to visit such vile and sinister place and the only answer I can really give you that after spending so many hours is sitting there in the Zeppelintribune in Nuremberg, alone with my thoughts and surrounded by the ghosts of thousands who made horrific places like this is a reality, something inside me simply had to see it.’
But the story will not end here-it will go from strength to strength- until we reach the very climax-when the most improbable will really turn most probable and the most probable will become most improbable.
After all-what we see can sometimes be proved wrong- but logical deductions are error-less.
And everything is not so elementary!

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