Diamond Kahn & Woods Literary Agency
Publication date
April 2, 2020

The House of Hidden Wonders

Author: Sharon Gosling

“Subterfuge will suit you, Zinnie, I know it already.”

When a ghostly figure is sighted in the murky tunnels beneath Edinburgh, Zinnie and her sisters suddenly find their underground home filled with curious visitors. Among them is the owner of a new museum – The House of Hidden Wonders – who seems to know more about the ‘ghost’ than he should.

As Zinnie discovers dark secrets concealed within the so-called House of Wonders, she throws herself into a world of intrigue, determined to uncover the real story behind the ghost. Can she shine a light on the truth or will the sinister forces against her prove too strong?

"The mystery itself is like a magic box – it leads to mystery upon mystery with new information enriching the plot. It was a wonderful plot, with the solution almost but not quite within reach until the final second…." Louise Nettleton, Book Murmuration
"This is such a fabulous read. Richly atmospheric, Victorian Edinburgh is the perfect setting for the story... full of twists and excitement with touches of the macabre." The North Somerset Teachers' Book Award
"It has an appealing Victorian Murder Most Unladylike feel: oodles of female friendships, puzzles to be solved and great bravery." KM Lockwood
"Sherlock Holmes meets Dickens in this heart-stopping Victorian mystery. It is the perfect book for anyone who loves to explore the dark, haunted side of a historic city." Kate Heap, Scope for Imagination
"The diversity within The House of Hidden Wonders is next to none, and something that has been solely needed in Middle Grade for a while now. We have... disability rep and great female rep, and I was all for it!" Amy Rush Da Silva.
"My heart was hammering and I had to force myself to slow down and not skip ahead throughout much of this book." My Shelves Are Full
"The House of Hidden Wonders is a study into the experience of the poorest in Victorian Edinburgh, the conditions, the expectations and attitudes towards the orphans, the criminal underclass, the destitute, the unwanted and yet those that prevailed as many of us can trace our ancestry more to the poor than to the rich." Lily and the Fae
"Gosling’s enthralling adventure celebrates the strong bonds of family, female ingenuity and their struggles to break down gender barriers, as well delivering an entertaining and enlightening historical odyssey which explores some of the period’s great pioneers." Pam Norfolk, Lancashire Post
"Sharon Gosling shines a torch into the murky, but fascinating underworld of historic Edinburgh, and introduces a cast of feisty female role-models." Roaring Reads