The Case of the Feathered Mask

illus. by Marion Lindsay. 176p. (The Mysteries of Maisie Hitchins: Bk. 4). HMH. Apr. 2016. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9780544619937.
Gr 3–5—Maisie Hitchins is not your typical young maid. While cleaning up after the residents of 31 Albion Street, she always manages to stumble upon a mystery to solve. In the latest installment of this series, Maisie tries to track down a feathered mask that was stolen from the room of famed world traveler Professor Tobin. Tobin has recently donated a large part of his collection to local museums, and the rest of his possessions are in high demand. Who could have stolen this mask, and why does it mean so much to Professor Tobin? Prolific British author Webb spins another yarn featuring her young gumshoe, and loyal readers will not be disappointed. Eagle-eyed readers will be able to guess the thief's identity early on. There's not much information given about Maisie's previous adventures, yet they aren't necessary, as this book stands on its own.
In book four, twelve-year-old Maisie's friend, Professor Tobin, is donating amazing objects from his world travels to the British Museum, and he's devastated when a priceless Amazonian tribal mask is stolen before it can get there. But plucky sleuth Maisie will retrieve the mask, even if she has to face a giant to do it. Charming line drawings help conjure the Victorian setting.

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