Join Harrison on a train journey full of deceptions, puzzles and clues to solve.

What starts off as a boring train journey soon changes for Harrison when a valuable jewel is stolen. It’s up to him and his friend, Lenny, to follow a trail of clues and red herrings to catch the culprit before they reach the end of the line.

Climb on board this express ride with fast paced action and colourful characters.

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Kylesh A, KEGS

This is an extraordinary book filled with mystery, suspense and wonder. It is impossible to put down and will take you on an adventure through your mind aboard the Highland Falcon.

Vihaan G, KEGS

This book is about a boy named Harrison (Hal) Beck who is going on the train, The Highland Falcon, with his uncle Nat, a travel writer. The Highland Falcon is on its last 4-day journey with many wealthy individuals and of course, a thief!

Despite the thefts, or Hal finding a stowaway, or the palpable tension to identify the thief; the renowned train carries on its last journey.  The suspense continues to twist and turn like an ever-winding railway track. The author ensures that the reader is intrigued by the elements of surprise and mystery throughout.

I rate this book 8/10 and would recommend it to anybody who is above 8 years of age and enjoys edge-of-the-seat suspense stories. 

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Sam, Moulsham High School

The Highland Falcon Thief was extremely enjoyable. I felt it made the reader feel a certain way to each character extremely well. The book also had a plot twist that I definitely did not see coming! I really enjoyed this book.
If I was to ask one question to the authors, it would be how did you come up with such a great storyline?!
I highly recommend because it taught me about trains, got me invested in the book and had an amazing amount of suspense.

Katie, Moulsham High School

The Highland Falcon Thief was an amazing book and was always making me think …who is the Highland Falcon Thief? At the start, I didn’t think I would like it (never judge a book by it’s cover!) but I was definitely, definitely wrong!

My one question is what inspired you to write The Highland Thief?

Isla, Moulsham High School

This book is brilliant, very imaginative and fun. I couldn’t stop reading! The storyline is fantastic and I have learnt that trains can be like home for some people. The Highland Falcon Thief made me laugh out loud, gasp and smile. The book does not disappoint by anyone’s standards and I would highly recommend it.

My question for the authors is: Do you like trains?

William Kegs

I really enjoyed this detective book as it kept me in constant suspense wondering about who would be the thief. While it won’t make my top 5 books (skulduggery pleasant: seasons of war, Bartimaeus ring of Solomon, septimus heap 7, the everything store and shoe dog) it was definitely a great read.

Ms Adams, Moulsham High School

I decided to read ‘The Highland Falcon Thief’ at bedtimes with my nearly 8 year old son. We both enjoyed the journey with Hal and neither of us guessed who the thief was until the big reveal! I loved the ‘Murder on the Orient Express/Agatha Christie Poirot’ vibe especially when all the characters were brought together at the end for the thief to be revealed. There were some ‘hold our breath’ moments, some funny moments and we were swept up with Hal and Lenny in the intrigue of this fast-paced mystery. The wonderful illustrations brought the characters to life and… Read more »

Megan S MHS

What an amazing book! I have always loved mystery and action books, and this unmissable story is packed, full to the brim with suspense, action and mystery.

I want this book to go on for ever and ever because it never get boring. It’s a heartwarming tale of friendship and family, it makes you happy inside when you read it. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

My question to the authors is: what do you think inspired you the most to write this particular book?


I thoroughly enjoyed this book! WHAT A PLOT TWIST!!!! I would recommend to all aged readers, I would especially recommend to lovers of the action and mystery genre. What I also love about this book is that you don’t have to love trains to enjoy it. By reading this book it really got me thinking and second guessing about what was going to happen. My question to the author, is what inspired you to make and give the characters the qualities they have?

Kylesh A, KEGS

This book is about a boy called Hal, who is going on an adventure aboard the Highland Falcon, which is on its final journey, with a thief on board!

Many sudden thefts occur throughout the train, and it is up to Hal to find the culprit, then he soon discovers there is a stowaway on board. This book is impossible to put down and is filled with suspense and mystery. I would rate it 9/10 and recommend it to anyone above the age of 10 years.

Sophie, Great Easton Primary School

I think this is a detective story like no other which has an incredibly clever plot. In this novel, anyone and everyone is a suspect. It contains unexpected twists and turns, but at the same time creates a small passion in its reader for steam trains. I love this book!

Nipun I. KEGS

Harrison Beck and his uncle, Nat board a royal train- the Highland Falcon. However, not much time later, many strange things are happening on the train, mostly involving stolen items!

A great read. Whenever on of these events happen, I always question myself, and try to guess who it is. You cannot stop reading, until you find out the thief!

Sofia, Moulsham high school

The highland falcon thief was a really good read. Ireally enjoyed all the plot twists and the characters were brilliant to follow. The sense of mystery was thrilling and I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next.

Daniella, Year 7 - Harris Academy Ockendon

Highland Falcon Thief While I was reading the book (The highland Falcon Thief) I was lured in by mystery and suspense, making me carry on with the book. I didn’t stop once since the suspense increased with each chapter, the authors were very precise with their choice of words, making it clear what the text was about. Additionally, the authors made up us believe one thing, then another, which made up mind wonder who is really, who. However, they left various clues for us to decipher but they were very smart to conceal the hints in daily things. They combined… Read more »

Savannah - Harris Academy Ockendon

Highland Falcon Thief This story is about a young boy (eleven years old) and he is staying with his uncle and together they ride the Highland Falcon for the last ever time. Hal (the boy) finds a stowaway called Lennie. Hal had read about a jewel thief from the newspaper. Two posh people were victims of thief of their jewellery on the train and Hal wanted to investigate. The prince and the princess come on board the train and the princesses’ necklace was stolen and replaced with a fake. My favourite character was Hal (Harrison Beck) as he knew he… Read more »

Katie clayton hall academy

The highland falcon thief is a really good book for all ages when i read it i really enjoyed it I could not put it down i was up at night reading it the characters are well portrayed I loved it

Edith Moulsham high school

I am a huge fan of mystery books and I loved guessing who it was though I was very surprised at who it was definitely recommend for all young Sherlock Homes.