Mr. Murray's Gun

The Piccadilly Street Series Book 4

Children - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
162 Pages
Reviewed on 03/02/2021
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Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite

With the help of a witch, a ghost, and Brownies, a young girl with magical powers must battle an evil witch to keep the enchanted ring she wears in the middle-grade fantasy novel, Mr. Murray's Gun (The Piccadilly Street Series: Book 4) by Emily-Jane Hills Orford. With Penelope, an evil witch, as her teacher and Chris bullying her, the last school year had been a nightmare for Mary until her Brownie friend, Brunny, took on human form and became her teacher. Now summer is over, and the first day of school is here. Brunny has told Mary he isn't teaching her this year, and Mary is nervous about facing Chris and an unknown teacher. Not only that, a demented and violent ghost has started haunting the house, bent on shooting Mary, and Penelope is both melting and after Mary's magical ring. This year is starting off with a bang. Can Mary survive the craziness? Or will she fall under Penelope's spell?

Set in modern-day Canada, Mr. Murray's Gun (The Piccadilly Street Series: Book 4) by Emily-Jane Hills Orford is a delightfully enchanting tale. Containing a sinister villain, dragons, ghosts, magical beings, a human bully, and a plucky main character, it is a thrilling tale that travels from home to school and in-between realms. It is an exciting adventure set in a present-day story world that will appeal to children who love enthralling stories drenched in mystery and magic. With the combination of a typical schoolroom setting and a magical story world, this enchanting novel promises to enthrall and enchant readers from eight years old and on up.

Samantha Gregory

Mr. Murray's Gun: The Piccadilly Street Series, Book 4 by Emily-Jane Hills Orford is the fourth book in the series featuring a young girl called Mary who has some strange goings-on to deal with including witches, ghosts, and brownies! A witch named Penelope has been frozen, but there are more problems for Mary when a ghost with a gun shows up in the house. I have not read the other books in the series, but the book was written in a way that it was easy to figure out what had happened before. Mary is a great character; she has to deal with a lot but she faces it bravely. Her brownie friends are fun and add an extra layer of magic to the story.

Emily-Jane Hills Orford has written an interesting book with Mr. Murray's Gun. I enjoyed reading about the characters and the story moves at a brisk pace, which is good for kids as they can have short attention spans. I think it would appeal to the pre-teen age group 10 -12 and that they would enjoy the series. It is certainly different from what I would have read as a kid and I think I would have enjoyed the series back then too. The story does touch on some deeper issues such as bullying, which I think could be beneficial to kids if they are dealing with similar issues and could raise some talking points for them. I would recommend it.

Peggy Jo Wipf

Mr. Murray's Gun is the fourth novel in Emily-Jane Hills Orford's Piccadilly Street Series. Mary has had quite an adventure since her family moved into a haunted Victorian mansion. She has interacted with ghosts, witches, bullies, and Brownies (in Scottish folklore, like a hobgoblin). She has found treasure that gave her an upper hand over an evil determined to destroy her. And she has learned more about her ancestors when she visited Scotland with her Granny. Now Mary is ready to start a new school year with her best friend Rosie. Her greatest wish is that she will have a good teacher and the bullies will leave her alone. But that is not the case as she is threatened again by the paranormal within her house and a few kids at school. Can Mary overcome a possessed ghost and Penelope's return, while trying to enjoy her sixth grade year?

Emily-Jane Hills Orford is a fascinating writer that specializes in paranormal and suspense. Mr. Murray's Gun combines an intricate weave of characters, events, and an evil witch to bring about an engaging story. The storyline alternates between Mary's life at home, school, and her new hobby, horseback riding. Each place has its own set of trials and ways Penelope tries to influence Mary to give her the magic ring. The variety of characters keeps the novel interesting as each book in this series makes them more vibrant and animated. This book, and the series, will become a favorite of any young person with an active imagination who believes in the hope of folklore.