**Review by Susan
In a department store in London, a little girl called Sophie visits Santa’s magical forest with her grandfather. As they emerge from the forest, Sophie’s grandfather reports her missing… but the little girl’s right there. Is she a ghost, a twin, an alien abductee—or is there some simpler explanation? Twenty-six-year-old amateur sleuth Emily Castles has fifteen minutes to figure out the puzzle before the police are called and Christmas is ruined.
REAL ELVES is a standalone story set in London. It first appeared in the anthology Naughty or Nice in aid of Kids Need to Read. The Emily Castles mysteries can be read in any order.
A beautifully festive short story, although at times a little "bizarre" but did enjoy. Managed to finish it in one night! With it being so short I didn't manage to learn much about the characters so it's a real push for me to go on and try the rest of Helen Smith's books!
Story flowed well and was very funny and imaginative.
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I received a copy of this book to review but all thoughts & opinions are honest & my own.