Title: Mr. Murray’s Gun: The Piccadilly Street Series Book 4
Author: Emily-Jane Hills Orford
Genre: Middle-Grade Fantasy/ Paranormal
It’s been a year since Mary and Granny returned from their adventures in Scotland. Witch Penelope is still frozen, or so everyone believes, but strange things are starting to happen again. And there’s another ghost in the house, a male ghost with a gun. Is anyone safe? With Mary’s Halloween/birthday party coming up, the danger intensifies, and not just for Mary and her family.
It’s been a year since Mary returned from Scotland. She’s got a lot on her mind including starting 6th grade, dealing with her brother playing his rock music in the middle of the night, and the appearance of a mysterious gun. It can’t be Penelope, the evil witch who has tormented her for years… or has she somehow escaped her frozen existence? Mr. Murray shows up now and again, so Mrs. Murray promises to track him down. As Mary’s birthday party approaches, she’s determined to get rid of Penelope once and for all. She has a secret spell up her sleeve. Will Mary be successful in eliminating her forever or will Mr. Murray’s gun silence Mary for all eternity?
Mr. Murray’s Gun is an imaginative fantasy adventure. Don’t be fooled by the title because this book is so much more than a gun-toting ghost story. Mr. Murray’s Gun is about family, friendships, and fitting in at school. This is also about dealing with school bullies and being strong. It’s about seizing the magic within. There is a fair amount of bullying in Mr. Murray’s Gun and I found it distressing at times. I wish the author would tone down the bullying. It’s not needed to make a book appealing to kids and only magnifies the power bullies have. The plot moves at a good pace with plenty of mystery to keep the reader entertained. I especially enjoyed the horse scenes. I found the scenes dealing with Mary’s brother and his rock music quite amusing. If you’re a fan of Malfoy and his gang, you’ll love Mr. Murray’s Gun. If you love antagonists who can’t be stopped or killed, you’ll absolutely adore Mr. Murray’s Gun.
A note to the author: Maybe it’s time for Mary to fight a new antagonist, as Penelope is getting very old for this reader. Just sayin’.
My Rating: 5 stars
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An avid gardener, artist, musician and writer, Emily-Jane Hills Orford has fond memories and lots of stories that evolved from a childhood growing up in a haunted Victorian mansion. Told she had a ‘vivid imagination’, the author used this talent to create stories in her head, allowing her imagination to lead her into a different world, one of her own making. As the author grew up, these stories, imaginings and fantasies took to the written form and, over the years, she developed a reputation for telling a good story. Emily-Jane can now boast that she is an award-winning author of several books, including Mrs. Murray’s Ghost: The Piccadilly Street Series Book 1 (Telltale Publishing 2018) which was named finalist in the 2019 N.N. Light Book Awards, Mrs. Murray’s Hidden Treasure: The Piccadilly Street Series Book 2 (Telltale Publishing 2019), Mrs. Murray’s Home: The Piccadilly Street Series Book 3 (Telltale Publishing 2020), Mr. Murray’s Gun: The Piccadilly Street Series Book 4 (Telltale Publishing 2020), Queen Mary’s Daughter (Clean Reads 2018) which won the 2019 N.N. Light Book Awards, King Henry’s Choice (Clean Reads 2019), and several other books. A retired teacher of music and creative writing, she writes about the extra-ordinary in life and the fantasies of dreams combined with memories. For more information on the author, check out her website at: http://emilyjanebooks.ca
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N