The Wolf’s Howl
A Maven & Reeve Mystery #2
The Wolf’s Howl (A Maven & Reeve Mystery)
A secret mission.
A missing cook.
A hostile landscape.
A mystery to unravel.
Maven and Reeve find themselves at the far-flung and gloomy Glawn Castle while Sir Garrick secretly searches for supporters of the rebellion.
But when a cook goes missing and the Airl’s personal guards take more than a passing interest in the disappearance, danger looms and the potential for discovery grows.
Can Maven and Reeve solve the mystery . . . or will they be unmasked and sentenced with treason?
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What reviewers are saying about
THE WOLF’S HOWL
“Maven and Reeve have returned with a bang, with gusto and zest and true to form, manage to get into a variety of scrapes and capers along the way as they work to solve the mystery that lies ahead of them…
“I loved this new book, and I can’t wait for everyone else following this series to enjoy it. It’s such an exciting series, and one to follow for sure as each book is released.”
Ashleigh Meikle, The Book Muse
“More feudal finagling, with feminist strains running through a round of clever clue gathering…
“Two teen detectives accompany their noble employers on a covert mission to a castle that is, it turns out, positively ridden with spies and secrets…
“As before, the young sleuths’ quick wits and complementary temperaments come into play—as does Maven’s membership in a secret society dedicated to educating women and helping them improve their lives—as the duo solve mysteries, effect rescues, and neutralize a mysterious ring of spies who may or may not be working for the realm’s wastrel king.”
“The Wolf’s Howl is almost historical fiction for middle years, even though the place and time are fictional. The windswept landscape with its ever-present windmills feels isolated and eerie. Tait is able to describe an environment that makes the reader become fully immersed in the story. There are times when you may be on the edge of your seat, wondering who will survive…
“This is a series not to be missed by those younger readers who enjoy books involving more substance and thought.”
“The Fire Star, the first book in this series, was included in the 2021 CBCA Book of the Year Notables list and The Wolf’s Howl is a tremendous follow up..
“With themes of resilience, medieval life, secret societies, codes and ciphers, and trust, all set in a hostile and exciting time and place, this is an action packed story.
“It is a great second book in the series, but can easily be read as a stand alone novel that will best suit readers aged 11 – 15 years.”
” … a story of intrigue and deception with clever descriptions of the landscape and characters, that will draw the reader into this world.
“Tait has created a story that is comfortable but challenging reading for middle grades. It is written so that readers will feel sympathy for the characters, apprehensive at the chance of discovery and fearful in dangerous situations.”
“The Wolf’s Howl is not an easy read. The plot twists sinuously demanding steady concentration. For the reader who is uninitiated into the medieval world with its accompanying social rankings, formalities and associated trappings, this book presents a challenge.
“However for a powerful tale of danger, mystery, loyalty and betrayal, The Wolf’s Howl is recommended.”
“From the bestselling author A.L. Tait, The Wolfs Howl is the spectacular newly-released second book in the Maven and Reeve Mystery series. This incredible book (and series) is perfect for kids who have lived for 10 years or more, love mysteries, and, of course, have read the first book, The Fire Star.
“I particularly prized the fact that A.L. Tait writes each chapter in either Reeve or Maven’s point of view, which is a unusual style of writing, and makes it a delight to devour. I would unquestionably rate this novel 5/5 stars.”