Mystery series for avid fans

Hi everybody, this week’s post will feature more than one young detective. Yes, you read right, I have a team of sleuths at your fingertips, ready to solve all sorts of crimes!! You have a pair of British crime solving twins, the tenacious daughter of New York City’s police commissioner, a too-smart…oops…I’ve given away half the post!! Well… if you’ve read this far you might as well press the button and find out what they’ve all been doing!!

Titles: Eye Spy & Eye Spy II: Haunted

Author: Tessa Buckley

Genre: Fiction – contemporary

Publication details: Matador; UK, 2016  & 2017

What these books are about: Alex and Donna McIntyre have set up their own private investigation firm called Eye Spy Investigation in the hopes of solving crimes in their hometown. When they start looking for a valuable missing dog in the first story, they soon have an eclectic collection of suspects. But as they struggle to make sense of the evidence, the twins begin to uncover an even bigger mystery in their own family. In Eye Spy II: Haunted our twin investigators, Alex and Donna are asked by their school friend Jimmy Devlin to investigate the strange things that have been happening at The Priory, Jimmy’s home. But as they start to investigate unexplained noises and shadowy figures it becomes clear that unquiet spirits are from the only problem facing the Devlin family. Can the twins solve the many mysteries of The Priory, at the same time as outwitting a very dangerous enemy?

My review: I really enjoyed this page turner of a series!! Full of mystery and mayhem, what you usually get from books that have boy-girl twins involved!! I truly loved both of these stories so much I read them twice!! The school dramas and the dynamics of this not-so-broken family are cleverly interwoven into the mysteries and cases they have to solve!! Tessa Buckley is an excellent writer and spins a daring web from beginning to end and lets it unravel to a dramatic conclusion in both stories!! Awesome read for all ages!!

My rating: 5 ⭐

The Devlin Quick mysteries

Titles: Into the lion’s den, Digging for trouble,Secrets from the deep

Author: Linda Fairstein

Genre: Fiction – contemporary

Publication details: Dial Books for Young Readers; NY, 2016 to 2018

What these books are about: Best-selling crime author Linda Fairstein promises a smart, strong heroine in this thrilling new mystery series for younger readers. Young Devlin Quick is not your usual kid from New York. With her wits, persistence, her friends and New York City’s finest (and, okay, a little bit of help from her police commissioner mother), Dev and her friends piece together clues and uncover mysteries in this series. From map thieves in Into the lion’s den, to dodgy archaeologists in Digging for trouble, and crooked coin collectors in Secrets from the deep, Dev and her friends outwit the bad guys to collect clues and solve the mysteries using their courage and determination. 

My review: From the first pages I was hooked into the life of Devlin Quick and her friends!! Not only is she an awesome amateur sleuth but she has connections to New York City’s high tech crime labs!! Each read has an intriguing and fascinating storyline and will keep you guessing until the end. I found the dialogue and plots exceptionally well written and set at a good pace!! Linda Fairstein has done some amazing research to bring these stories to life and I found myself drawn into it all!! A really awesome series to get stuck into if you like mysteries that teach you something in return!! I hope Fairstein continues this series!!

My rating: 5 ⭐

If anyone has any more suggestions of mystery series please let me know as I’m always on the lookout for similar reads for the kids in my library!!

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