My review of the Hounds of Hellerby Hall

The Hounds of Hellerby Hall

Goodreads description

Eleven-year-old Christie McKinnon is not happy – the editor of ‘McMurdo’s Weekly’ has once again turned down her story. But this time, Christie determines not to give up – taking a chance, she confronts the wily editor and offers a means of solving his dilemma. Meanwhile, Inspector Robertson investigates when a bowl of blood appears on the dining table of a wealthy landowner. As the mystery deepens, the policeman calls in his favourite mystery writer Hugo Skene to lend a hand, but the enigmatic Mr Skene has secrets of his own…

My review

Eleven year old Christy McKinnon aspires to be a writer. She has been writing stories and sending them to McMurdo’s Weekly in the hope they will be published. Unfortunately, her attempts at publication have not met with success. She is feeling despondent when she notices that several stories published in McMurdo’s Weekly and written by their best writer, Hugo Skene, are very similar to stories that have featured in other publications. She is mystified as to why this writer is “borrowing” ideas and stories from other writers and she hatches a plot to convince the editor of McMurdo’s Weekly to give her the writer’s address so that she can confront him about it. Christie meets up with Mr Skene and they agree that some inspiration is required for him to write stories from his own experience. Meanwhile strange occurrences are taking place at Hellerby Hall and the investigating inspector calls upon Hugo Skene to assist with the investigation. Christie and Mr Skene decide that this is the perfect opportunity and take him up on his offer. This story is suitable for readers aged twelve to fifteen years old. Younger readers my find the Scottish accents the feature throughout this book challenging. My fourteen year old son read this book and rated it a five out of five.

Goodreads reviews

Shaun Griffiths rated this book a five and said “Loved this book. I couldn’t put it down. A perfect novel for the genre. It had me fooled till the very end with these dodgy characters turning up, friend or foe, or a bit of both. I was guessing they were Nazi’s but guessed wrong. Brilliant whodunit. great descriptions, likeable characters. Happy to recommend it. If you like private detective novels you’ll love this one.”

Fiona Cooke Hogan rated this book a five and said I loved this book! A Scottish murder mystery told in the style of Wilkie Collins or Conan Doyle, full of secret rooms and disreputable villains and where nothing is how it appears. Brilliantly entertaining, fast paced and full of well drawn characters. Christie McKinnon is a writer, a good one with a talent for sleuthing. She refuses to let the fact that she is a young girl living in Victorian Scotland stop her from achieving her aims. With her young friend Donal and the help of the famous detective Hugo Skene she sets out to solve the Mystery of Hellerby Hall. What follows is an exciting tale of skullduggery, murder and secrets set in a manor in rural Scotland. Colin Barrow knows how to write suspense and I look forward to the rest of the Christie McKinnon Adventures.”

About Colin Garrow


Colin Garrow grew up in a former mining town in Northumberland. He has worked in a plethora of professions including taxi driver, antiques dealer, drama facilitator, theatre director and fish processor, and has occasionally masqueraded as a pirate.  All of Colin’s books are available as ebooks and most are also out in paperback. His short stories have appeared in several literary mag including: SN Review, Flash Fiction Magazine, Word Bohemia, Every Day Fiction, The Grind, A3 Review, 1 000 Words, Inkapture and Scribble Magazine. He currently lives in a humble cottage in North East Scotland where he writes novels, stories, poems and the occasional song.

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