Blog Tour and Review: The Titanic Detective Agency – Lindsay Littleson

Publisher: Pokey Hat (Cranachan Publishing)
Publication date: 15th April 2019


Unlock the secrets of the unsinkable ship…

Bertha Watt, tree-climber and would-be polar explorer, is excited to be on RMS Titanic’s maiden voyage, as she leaves Aberdeen behind for the glamour of a new life in America.

But Bertha quickly realises that some passengers are behaving strangely, and she determines to unravel their secrets. With new friend, Madge, Bertha sets up her own detective agency to try and solve the mysteries onboard, but they have no idea that disaster is looming for Titanic.

Can they help Johan find the hidden treasure and unmask the identity of the enigmatic Mr Hoffman before time runs out on the ‘unsinkable’ ship?



I’m so excited to be part of the blog tour for The Titanic Detective Agency. Many thanks to Kelly at Cranachan Publishing for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

If you’re going to read The Titanic Detective Agency, you can do it any way you wish. However, I recommend the following:

  • An uninterrupted couple of hours
  • A super comfy chair
  • Tea, or your beverage of choice
  • A box of tissues.

Every person on the Titanic had their reasons for being on the ship; most were going to start a new life or join families who had gone to America ahead of them. This is the story of two young people, Johan and Bertha, who come together to solve a mystery, but their motivations for doing so are very different.

Bertha is a clever, perceptive young woman pushing the boundaries of what is acceptable for a ‘lady’ in middle-class society, making her sleuthing difficult under the watchful eyes of the second class passengers.

Johan is desperately homesick and missing his family, and would do anything to be reunited with them. But the confines of third class and being unable to communicate with his fellow passengers makes his plight even more of a challenge.

Ultimately they both face the biggest challenges of their lives when something on board the Titanic goes terribly wrong, and everyone is in danger.

Littleson does an outstanding job of highlighting the disgraceful way passengers were treated on the Titanic if they were in second or third class, more so in third, when the ship began to take on water.

It is a wonderfully written book, with lots of mystery and intrigue, but also acts as an educational tool for the story of the Titanic. I remember studying the story of the Titanic at school and this book brought all those memories back.

Littleson has perfectly blended a fast-paced adventure, mystery, peril, and a terrible tragedy in this stunning middle-grade book.

About the author

Lindsay Littleson is an author and primary school teacher in Renfrewshire. You can find Lindsay on Twitter.

Order now

You can pre-order this wonderful book from your local indie bookshop or by purchasing directly through Cranachan Publishing.

Please consider supporting your local bookshops and independent publishers by purchasing directly from them.

Blog Tour

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