Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold by Iain Reading

KHBook01Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold is the thrilling first installment in a new young adult series of adventure mystery stories by Iain Reading. This first book of the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series introduces Kitty Hawk, an intrepid teenage pilot with her own De Havilland Beaver seaplane and a nose for mystery and intrigue. A cross between Amelia Earhart, Nancy Drew and Pippi Longstocking, Kitty is a quirky young heroine with boundless curiosity and a knack for getting herself into all kinds of precarious situations.

After leaving her home in the western Canadian fishing village of Tofino to spend the summer in Alaska studying humpback whales, Kitty finds herself caught up in an unforgettable adventure involving stolen gold, devious criminals, ghostly shipwrecks, and bone-chilling curses. Kitty’s adventure begins with the lingering mystery of a sunken ship called the Clara Nevada. As the plot continues to unfold, this spirited story will have readers anxiously following every twist and turn as they are swept along through the history of the Klondike Gold Rush to a suspenseful final climatic chase across the rugged terrain of Canada’s Yukon.

Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold is a perfect book to fire the imagination of readers of all ages. Filled with fascinating and highly Google-able locations and history this book will inspire anyone to learn and experience more for themselves.

There are currently five books in the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series: Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold (book 1), Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway’s Ghost (book 2), Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue (book 3), and Kitty Hawk and the Tragedy of the RMS Titanic (book 4), and Kitty Hawk and the Mystery of the Masterpieces (book 5). Each book can be read as a standalone.

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“In the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series the heroine finds herself in a new geographic location in each book. The series will eventually have a total of 13 books in it (maybe more) and her flight around the world will be completed in the end,” says Iain. “The books are sequential but one could definitely read any of the later ones before reading the earlier ones.”


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About the Author:


Iain Reading is passionate about Root Beer, music, and writing. He is Canadian, but currently resides in the Netherlands working for the United Nations.


Iain is the author of the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series, The Wizards of Waterfire Series, and the dragon of the month club. To learn more, go to


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What I thought:

I love a good mystery. I especially love ones that feature a female heroine. I usually prefer mystery novels that feature police, detectives, FBI, that sort of thing. Darker ones. However, since I have three children, two of whom are already reading middle grade novels and one that will soon be reading YA, I love to stay up to date with what is out there as far as middle grade and YA. I was a little confused on this one though. Based on the character’s age I assume its written for a YA audience, but it reads more middle grade. So I would say older middle grade, younger YA.

Anyway, it was very well researched. It starts off a little slow, but picks up not too far in. I like that Kitty is referred to a cross between Amelia Earheart, Nancy Drew and Pippi Longstocking. These are all favorites of mine, and I thought the comparison was pretty dead on. The book, much like the main character, is fun and quirky. And it REALLY gets fun when the mystery comes into play.

Overall, this was a good book. It’s not typically what I would one-click, but I think in  couple of years my daughters will enjoy it. I give this book 3.5 stars.

I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for my honest review. This in no way swayed by opinion while reading it.




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