Posts Tagged ‘Detective stories’

Space Detectives by Mark Powers, illus. Dapo Adeola. Pub. Bloomsbury, 2021.

April 8, 2021 Comments off

This is a short easy to read chapter book for newly confidant readers and reluctant boy readers. It is introductory Sc/Fi with a load of laughs and lots of weird creatures.

Ten year old Ethan and Mark are good friends and they run an ice cream parlour on the manmade planet of Starville. It is a glass bubble in space with all the elements of Planet Earth except that it is populated by both humans and creatures from other planets.

Both boys are detectives and want to start an agency up on Starville but there is a lack of work. The boys witness a crime in which a Tufted Grotsnobbler from Venus steals the handbag off the daughter of the Supreme Governor of Starville. They attempt to get the handbag back and are invited to a party at the Governors house for their efforts.

Then things get worse as Starvillians learn that their planet is heading for a collision with the moon. Can Ethan and Mark find out who is behind this dastardly scheme? Read it and find out.

Fabio. The World’s Greatest Flamingo Detective: Peril at Lizard Lake.

April 15, 2020 Comments off

flamingoFabio. The World’s Greatest Flamingo Detective: Peril at Lizard Lake. Pub. Bloomsbury Children’s Books, 2020.

Fabio and his sidekick giraffe Gilbert are back on the pink lemonade again and out to solve the reason why the water has dried up in a small village beside Lake Laloozee.

There is a smooth talking Lioness called Molly who owns the local garage, a furtive armadillo called Arthur and a sinister scorpion called Mungo to contend with.

A bottling company selling water with a heart shape logo has set up. Are the two events linked? See how Fabio uses his silky detective skills to solve this one.

Other Fabio books are reviewed elsewhere on this blog.

Superbly and simply illustrated and written story often on pink pages. For newly confident readers of primary age and less confident readers of intermediate age. Great humour and values

Fabio the World’s Greatest Flamingo Detective and Mystery on the Ostrich Express by Laura James, illus. Emily Fox

May 26, 2019 Comments off

fabioFabio the World’s Greatest Flamingo Detective and Mystery on the Ostrich Express by Laura James, illus. Emily Fox. Pub. Bloomsbury, 2019.

While traveling on the Ostrich Express from Laloozee to the Coral Coast, Fabio the World’s greatest Flamingo detective and his sidekick Gilbert the Giraffe discover a ruthlessly planned crime.

Zazie the Fox is wearing the famous Laloozee Ruby around her neck and when it is stolen I thought aye aye, this is a fit up. Am I right?

Well known thief Janice the Claw is on the scene with her band of Hyenas but all is not as it seems. Fabio with his Hercule Poirot like perceptions is nobody’s fool.

Nice tongue in cheek stuff from Laura James but it is Emily Fox’s superb illustrations that enhance the mystery and the fun of thisĀ  novel for newly confident readers. Older readers will love the fun.

The first novel The Mystery of the Missing Hippo is also reviewed on this blog

Fabio: The Worlds greatest Flamingo detective. Case of the Missing Hippo by Laura James, illus. Emily Fox.

February 28, 2018 Comments off

FabioFabio: The Worlds greatest Flamingo detective. Case of the Missing Hippo by Laura James, illus. Emily Fox. Pub. Bloomsbury, 2018.

This is a delightful detective story for juniors and newly confident readers. Fabio is a pink flamingo and a detective in the Hercule Poirot mold. he has an offsider in a giraffe called Gilbert who finds it difficult to disguise himself.

They drink pink lemonades at the Hotel Royal run by a vulture called Smith and the hotel is not doing very well. It is decided that they will run a talent quest to boost trade and all the animals line up to compete. There is a suspicious rhino hanging around and when a classy hippo singer goes missing in the contest Fabio puts his skills into action.

Very tongue in cheek humour with short chapters and large font.

Emily Fox’s illustrations are a treat.




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The First Case by Ulf Nilsson. Illus. Gitte Spee.

April 3, 2015 Comments off

The First Case by Ulf Nilsson. Illus. Gitte Spee. Pub. Gecko Press, 2015.

first caseDetective Gordon is an old toad who likes to do what he does best: sitting around thinking eating cakes drinking tea and stamping important papers. Then someone steals squirrel’s nuts. How painful !

Squirrel loved his nuts he knew them all personally and only ate one when he was starving. In his eyes it is a heinous crime and he calls on Detective Gordon to solve the crime.

It is winter and snow lies on the ground. Toad alias Detective Gordon is not a winter creature nor can he climb the tree to investigate the crime scene. He needs an assistant and he finds one on the form of a young mouse whom he names Buffy.

Buffy is ultra keen and when her and toad are not sharing cakes and tea they are on the job. It is their first case together , will they solve it. read this delightful novel and see.

Gitte Spee’s water colur and pencil drawings are an essential part of this book. Toad’s facials are superb as is the frustration of squirrel and the youthful enthusiasm of Buffy the mouse.

A good read-a-loud for juniors and superb novel for emerging and confident readers at primary level.

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Billionaire Trilogy Book 3 Mask of Destiny by Richard Newsome

September 27, 2011 Leave a comment

The Mask of Destiny by Richard Newsome. Pub. Text Publishing, 2011.

Excellent end to the Billionaire Trilogy but somehow I don’t think we have heard the end of Gerald Wilkins, Sir Mason Green and the twins Ruby and Sam. Richard Newsome is having too much fun with this series.

Old enemy Sir Mason Green gives himself up to be tried for the murder of Gerald’s Great Grandmother who has left him a billion dollars. You would think he would be grateful, but no. When Sir Mason appears to die in court, Gerald is charged with his murder and skedaddles to France to look for the third gold rod.

What fun they have as they are chased across Europe by a new villain, Charlotte who is particularly lethal with a blow pipe and a poisoned dart.

Great action, witty dialogue and a plot that twists and turns, make this an excellent adventure mystery for primary and intermediate students. I have read all three now but this novel stands on it’s own for new readers.