Book Review: Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway’s Ghost

Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway's Ghost by Iain Reading
Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway’s Ghost (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency, #2) 
by Iain Reading (Goodreads Author)

4 out of 5 stars on GoodReads


Kitty Hawk is vacationing in the Florida Keys where she encounters a mystery in the treacherous waters of the Gulf. Her adventures lead her to sunken shipwrecks, peculiar echoes of Hemingway’s typewriter, and strange lights on the ocean floor. The history of the Keys unfolds as Kitty’s curiosity propels her into danger and the uncovering of ancient secrets.

I loved every minute of this book! The plot takes many twists and turns that kept me wanting to read more. There is so much action and spying, and Kitty flies all over the Keys investigating every clue on the trail of each suspicious circumstance. One of the best things about the plot is the puzzling aspect of the mystery. I love plots that have some sort of puzzle to solve, with cryptic maps or symbols to decipher.
The gorgeous Florida setting had me longing for sunshine, clear waters, and beautiful beaches. And I loved all the history about the Florida Keys! There are so many unusual stories of old shipwrecks and wars, along with the people who perished long ago in the briny deep.

Kitty continues to be a fascinating character. I love her spunk and bravery, and I especially like how she is curious about everything, wanting to learn more about each place she visits. But sometimes I am shaking my head at how many risks she takes. She is always poking her head into the lion’s mouth! Show a little more caution, girl!
(Maybe not a good idea for a young girl to be walking around a strange town all alone at 2:30am in the dark on a lonely street where you are gonna get kidnapped or something! Seriously, have a little common sense and stay in your hotel.)
Of course, I used to say the same thing to Nancy Drew. Always getting into trouble, that one. haha!)
I also like that Kitty has the ability to make friends so quickly with the people she meets. She is kind and funny and personable, and I enjoyed reading about how her friendships with various people develop and deepen.

All the supporting characters are varied and interesting, but I wish there was room in the narrative for more of their backstories. They have a little bit of backstory, but most of them don’t get enough “screentime” to be fully developed.

One of my favorite parts of the book was when Kitty jumped into the ocean to swim away from the bad guys, and to keep her iPhone from getting wet, she tucked her phone into the knot of her ponytail to keep it dry, so she could swim with both hands. Say what?!?!
I immediately thought, “This is ridiculous. There is NO way that a ponytail would hold up an iPhone. It would easily slip out! This book was obviously written by an ignorant man with short hair.”
Then I tried it with my own ponytail. Spoiler alert: It Works!!! I was nodding and shaking my head, trying to dislodge it, and that phone STAYED in my hair! (Also, FIY…. it works with a French braid in your hair too. Because of course, I had to try that as well.) Who knew?! I don’t know if he got his wife or sister or girlfriend to try it and verify for him, but this author did his research. RESPECT.
(P.S. Maybe not a good idea to carry your iPhone around in your hair on a regular basis, because A. you look stupid and B. you will most likely get a brain tumor.)

I am so in love with this series, and can’t wait to read more Kitty Hawk!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts and are not influenced by anyone.

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