Book Title: Mystery On the Isle of Skye
Book Author: Phyllis A. Whitney
Publisher: Fawcett Juniper
Page Count: 200
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Suspense
Following instructions contained in the parting gift from her Grandmother when she set out for Isle Of Skye, would lead to startling surprises for Cathy MacLeod. She and her standoffish cousin Don, would be drawn in a search for answers to baffling puzzles. New friends and thrilling adventures wait for Cathy where she learned to love the mountains and legendary magic of her Grandmother’s beautiful isle. The greatest surprise of all came when she least expected it…
This was a wonderful little story of a girl going to the Isle of Skye by request of her dying grandmother. At times the story definitely read like it was meant for a much younger audience, but the story itself was intriguing and full of Scottish history, phrases, and words. I adore stories set in Scotland, England, and the surrounding areas so I was sure to love this and Phyllis A Whitney is one of my favorite authors. I dove right into this book, and finished it within a few hours (interruptions by family making it difficult to keep reading). I’m happy that the first read of the year is a high four star read. But onto what the book actually is about!
Catherine “Cathy” Macleod receives a mysterious box and quest from her ailing, dying grandmother to go to the Isle of Skye and follow through on various instructions to receive her prize. The book starts off with Cathy joining her aunt, uncle and two cousins Don and Punch on the trip of a lifetime. She’s swept away into learning all about Scotland and it’s people, especially her family the Macleod’s. I was pleased to note the Battle of Culloden being mentioned, the Sith, fey and magic also having mentions scattered in the book. But those mentions were brief and the story focused more on Cathy becoming friends with Don and Punch. I’m happy to add there’s zero romance in the book. It’s a straight up ya mystery with elements of suspense and a fun quest. While the ending felt abrupt it was a happy ending. The characters felt believable though some of the writing definitely felt dated in the “portly” aunt Bertha. Overall I’m happy to rate this 4.5 stars.
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