Valentina suggests that Mouse is a soft little rabbit. It’s certain that Mouse’s gentle and beloved, an easy target for Eve, Mr and Mrs Hawkin’s jealous daughter. However Kwadwo, hiding in the theatre shadows, since escaping from his slave owner, and Walter, part of the company, care for and protect Mouse. Therefore, when Walter is wrongly accused of the murder of Lady Grey, Queen’s favourite, Mouse is determined to prove his innocence.
She enlists the support of Valentina, Moth theatre star, who is quick and skilful at determining truths and getting what she wants. Then again, she follows any lead to clues. Might a witness statement help her? Then again, Mouse is focused on making sure that Walter does not lose heart, so braves the prison route to share Kwadwo’s food.
However, there seem to be others interested in the murder, from the Queen’s agents, to members of the theatre company. What’s more, Lady Grey is not the only victim. It seems there’s someone closer to home who has something to prove, and a very important target in sight…
Bookwagon loves all of Fleur Hitchcock’s books, from her Clifftoppers’ series, to the individual crime fiction too. We are overjoyed to welcome a second historical crime story to our wagon. Mouse Heart is a stirring, brave and thrilling historical adventure that will delight all middle grade readers.