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The Curious Crime

The Curious Crime

About the Book

Author: Julia Golding

Age Range: 7-11 Years 11-14 Years

Publisher: Lion Hudson

Price: £6.99

Review

Set in an alternative 19th century, where religious thought and beliefs (‘theophily’) have been deemed incompatible with science, and therefore banned, this is a gripping story about curiosity, ambition, prejudice, gender… and murder.

The main protagonist, Ree, is a talented stonemason, but such a manly occupation is forbidden to girls, so instead, she is forced to clean the endless halls of a magnificent museum dedicated to scientific history, within which exotic creatures roam freely, ‘why’ questions are not allowed, and phrenology is still respected as a valid theory.

Mature readers will enjoy considering the idea that blind adherence to a fixed vision of ‘science’ can be as dangerous as unthinking devotion to a specific set of religious rules; and Golding’s superior storytelling skills ensure that the plot is never weighed down by its philosophical foundations.

The result is an intelligent, thought provoking adventure with real substance.

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