The Highland Falcon Thief

The Highland Falcon Thief

By Author / Illustrator

M. G. Leonard, Sam Sedgman, Elisa Paganelli


Mystery & Detective

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Pan Macmillan




Paperback / softback




Harrison Beck is reluctantly joining his travel-writer Uncle Nat for the last journey of the royal train, The Highland Falcon. But as the train makes its way to Scotland, a priceless brooch goes missing, and things are suddenly a lot more interesting. As suspicions and accusations run high among the passengers, Harrison begins to investigate and uncovers a few surprises along the way. Can he solve the mystery of the jewel thief and catch the culprit before they reach the end of the line?

Hear whispers in the dining car, find notes in the library, and unknown passengers among the luggage as you help Harrison to solve the mystery aboard one of the world's grandest trains. Fast-paced and packed with illustrations and clues, Adventures on Trains is a stop you won't want to miss!

'A chuffing triumph' - The Times, Children's Book of the Week

'Like Murder on the Orient Express but better . . . a terrific read!' - Frank Cottrell Boyce, author of Millions.

'A first-class book' - Telegraph


Courtney - Age 7

The story is adventurous because the boys are going to Scotland and the younger boy is feeding the men bread. The girl is wandering around the table and the men get suspicious and go under the table whilst one of them distracts and when it is all gone the men leave, not knowing they left the little boy. The men sneak in and take the boy with them back to the train station and leave to go to Scotland.

Suggested Reading Age 7+


I thoroughly enjoyed going on a fact-finding adventure aboard The Highway Falcon, a locomotive on its final voyage. Hal, who reluctantly joins his travel-writer uncle, finds more than he anticipated when he is thrown into the role of unveiling a jewel thief. Brimming with twists and turns, this engaging book will entice and captivate all. I especially loved learning how a locomotive operates through the narrative of two children and feel this is a great way to increase children's general knowledge of times gone by. I would recommend this book to adventure and detective lovers: reveal clues as you read to help you unscramble the mystery but will you solve it before they reach the end of the line? Reviewed by Kelly Buxton / 256 pages / 9-11 Years

Suggested Reading Age 9+


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