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The Painted Dragon

You are invited to attend the grand unveiling of Mr Lyle’s  art exhibition at Sinclair’s department store!

The two most daring detectives in London are back and now they’re faced with their most daunting and dangerous challenge to date. When a priceless painting is stolen, Sophie and Lil find themselves faced with forgery, trickery and deceit on all sides. BE AMAZED as the brave duo pit their wits against this perilous puzzle!  MARVEL at their cunning plan to unmask the villain and prove themselves detectives to be reckoned with – no matter what dangers lie ahead...

Cover and interior illustrations by Karl James Mountford

The third book in the Sinclair's Mysteries series

'I read it in one delicious sitting – a cleverly plotted, atmospheric page-turner with exquisite attention to detail’ – Fiona Noble, The Bookseller

‘…an atmospheric, fast-paced heist… strong character development and vividly evoked Edwardian settings make Woodfine’s work stand out in a genre already notable for richness’ – Imogen Russell Williams, The Guardian

★★★★★ ‘Funny, scary, heart-stopping stuff – do not, under any circumstances, miss it’ – The Bookbag

‘This old-fashioned whodunit is thoroughly satisfying to solve along with our heroes… Jolly good fun’ Kirkus

‘…an intriguing locked-room mystery… This historical whodunnit is full of suspense and will keep young readers guessing’ – Sarah Mallon, The Scotsman

‘A welcome return to 1909 and Sinclair’s Department Store’ – Charlotte Heathcote, The Sunday Express

‘If you haven’t yet discovered Katherine Woodfine’s Sinclair’s Mysteries, you’re in for a treat’ – Louise Haines, The Bookcase for The Guardian

Audiobook read by Jessica Preddy

Also available in:

Germany, Poland, Russia, USA

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Historical inspirations

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Visual inspirations

Take a look at some of the images that inspired The Painted Dragon

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