Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold by Iain Reading
Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold is the first in a series of novels about a young woman detective who flies around the world in a De Havilland Beaver floatplane. It is also another example of a self-published book with imaginative and interesting ideas but less-than-stellar execution. The writing felt unsophisticated and, while there were no overt errors, it did have some grammar issues, i.e. ending sentences with prepositions. But more importantly, I felt that Mr. Reading did not do a very good job of incorporating all of the real-life history into his adventure story. At times, the prose simply felt like a history lesson. I did like the protagonist, Kitty Hawk. Aside from her annoying idiosyncrasy of talking to herself inside her head all the time, she is an independent, strong female character. The action does pick up toward the end but overall, I feel like this was a missed opportunity.
*Disclosure: I was provided a free copy of this novel with a request for an honest review.*