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Danger at Dead Man's Pass (Adventures on Train)

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Sign up to hear about the latest books, brilliant competitions, fun activities, brand new resources for teachers and events happening near you as well as the latest World Book Day news and how you can celebrate reading all year round. There's a scene at the end, for example, that is just deliciously tense nailbiting stuff and normally I'd be all 'yeah, whatever' but because it's written by Leonard and Sedgman, it is BRILLIANT. Ultimately that didn't really stop us from enjoying the book, but I think the final details when Hal explains things were somewhat lost on us as we weren't clear even then who was who. This adventure seems a little more serious to Hal, and it doesn’t help that Uncle Nat is behaving oddly too! This book, more so than the previous ones, felt like the authors were changing up the formula slightly.

The artwork of Elisa Paganelli is exquisite and adds so much to the story, especially as the reader imagines that it is Hal that I'd the artist himself. A lifelong fan of puzzles, games, and detective fiction, he grew up with a railway at the bottom of his garden and has been mad about trains ever since.

The bestselling, prize-winning Adventures on Trains series embarks on a thrilling fourth adventure as Harrison Beck investigates an ancient family curse high in the German mountains in Danger at Dead Man's Pass.

Hal's interest in trains is a huge benefit to him here but he must disguise his detective abilities (which also means his art) to help crack the case. I honestly can not believe that an installment in this series actually got less than 4 stars and that makes me so sad.

A curse, a very strange family, a missing will, witches, a spooky castle and a steam train gave great background to the story which was as always beautifully illustrated by Elisa Paganelli. Absolutely blown away by Uncle Nat’s revelation… but love to think where this is going to take these stories. Wildly funny, with hairpin plot bends and inventive characters, this series is firmly on track to become a bestseller. A pretty good adventure story, and personally speaking, I find it to be one of the best in the series so far; while the last book greatly elevated the stakes, this one builds on that foundation by crafting an eerie and memorable atmosphere in the Kranzenstein family home.

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