Secrets of Greymoor
Secrets of Greymoor is Clara Gillow Clark’s third book about inquisitive Hattie Belle Basket. In this book 11-year-old tomboy Hattie is still living with her “prim” grandmother in late 19th-century Kingston-on-the-Hudson. No one speaks about her grandfather, who is living in the Utica Insane Asylum after he squandered his wife’s money and started hearing voices. After a telegram arrives about her grandfather’s death, Hattie intercepts a threatening notice from a tax collector and learns her grandmother is in danger of losing her fortune. Hattie cannot believe the fortune is lost. Clark’s feisty young heroine finds a mysterious book in her grandfather’s suit pocket and works to crack its secret code and save the family’s wealth.
Readers will love this middle-grade historical mystery and will want more from Clark’s Hattie. As in all good mysteries, the author provides readers with believable characters, a fair number of clues, period details that don’t detract but rather enhance the setting, and a satisfying ending. Clara Gillow Clark’s first-person narrative does all that and more. Readers new to Hattie will want to pick up the first two books, and fans will happily devour Clark’s latest. Ages 9-12.