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Laura Marlin Mystery Book 1 Dead Man’s Cove by Lauren St John

Dead Man’s Cove by Lauren St John. Pub.Orion Children’s Books, 2011.

Many young readers like mystery and detective stories, as I do, and at last a title that is worth reading that kids will enjoy.

Laura Marlin has lived in an orphanage all her life and is not bitter about it. Her mother died in childbirth and her father was never known. She puts her lack of resentment down to the fact that she read books, especially detective stories, and she grew up with a positive attitude about herself and what she could achieve.

Then one day she is informed that she has an uncle called Calvin Redfern and he wants her to go and stay with him in the Cornwall seaside town of St Ives. A lovely place on the Atlantic coast with a history of smuggling. Uncle Calvin is secretive and this evokes Laura’s passion for mysteries. Is she mistaken?

Then Laura meets a Bangla Deshi boy, Tariq,  who works in the local grocer shop but doesn’t speak English. When Tariq’s guardians in the shop start behaving weirdly and Tariq shows signs of having been beaten up, Laura starts investigating.

All will be revealed at Dead Man’s Cove. A hint of the famous five about this novel except that Laura is a modern girl with a cell phone and attitude. No lashings of ginger beer but plenty of scones with clotted cream and Cornish pasties.

The Blue Peter Book of the year for 2011. Well worth a look. A refreshing novel.

Will appeal to primary and intermediate students from ages 7yrs to 12 years.

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