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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Mrs. Murray's Hidden Treasure: The Piccadilly Street Series, Book 2 is an adventure fantasy novel for children and preteens written by Emily-Jane Hills Orford. Mary loved her house on Piccadilly Street and adored the family of brownies and even the ghostly apparition known as Mrs. Murray who had come into her life with her family’s move to that most intriguing house. So much to explore in the old house’s secret passageways, and, there was even a treasure. A treasure? Well, Mrs. Murray did seem to recall there being one, but she’s long forgotten where she put it or even what it was. Still, the very thought of hidden treasure was an irresistible lure. School was another story. While Mary loved most of her classes and had made a new friend named Rosie, Miss Penelope, a teacher who also was the gym instructor, was quickly becoming the bane of Mary's and Rosie’s lives. Miss Penelope was sadistic and dishonest, and she was making a point of giving the principal and their parents a totally skewed version of their behavior in class. Mary was seriously wondering if Miss Penelope was really the Witch Penelope she encountered during her time in the Dream World. They seem awfully alike.
Mrs. Murray's Hidden Treasure is a marvelous continuation of the story begun in Orford’s first book in the series, Mrs. Murray’s Ghost, but the author provides enough background information for this story to be enjoyed as a standalone. That said, I adored the first book and heartily recommend it to everyone. I loved seeing how the author continues her story in Mrs. Murray’s Hidden Treasure and expands the personalities and interrelationships of her characters, and Mary’s excitement over the concept of hidden treasure makes the plot even more enticing. Orford’s characters are finely honed and fun to watch as brownies, humans, and a ghost interact and form a large and supportive family. Mrs. Murray’s Hidden Treasure is well written and a hoot of a mystery story that will appeal to anyone who’s ever wondered about hidden treasure in spooky old Victorian houses. Mrs. Murray's Hidden Treasure: The Piccadilly Street Series, Book 2 is most highly recommended.