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Laura Marlin Mysteries 1: Dead Man's Cove

Laura Marlin Mysteries 1: Dead Man's Cove [Kindle Edition]

Lauren St John
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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I strongly believe that this is a book everyone will love. It is full of adventure and mystery. It's one of those books that you really don't want to put down and you really have to force yourself to stop reading (THE GUARDIAN ONLINE)


Book Description

Blue Peter award-winning mystery adventure series from the author of THE WHITE GIRAFFE quartet, about Laura Marlin, an 11-year-old ace detective.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1709 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Children's (26 Aug 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0049MPKJG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #37,623 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Lauren St John was born in Gatooma, Rhodesia, now Kadoma, Zimbabwe. At 11, she and her family moved to Rainbow's End farm and game reserve, the subject of her acclaimed memoir, and she grew up surrounded by animals, including eight horses, two warthogs and a pet giraffe. After nearly a decade as golf correspondent to The Sunday Times, followed by a sojourn in the US, riding the tour buses of alt. country stars like Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle and the Dixie Chicks, she wrote the bestselling White Giraffe series. Dead Man's Cove, the first in her new mystery series about 11-year-old detective, Laura Marlin, won the 2011 Blue Peter Favourite Story and Book of the Year Awards.

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4.8 out of 5 stars
4.8 out of 5 stars
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
A truly outstanding, totally enthralling mystery set in Cornwall, this is one of the very best children's mysteries I've ever read. The heroine, 11-year-old orphan Laura Marlin, has been rescued from the children's home by her mysterious uncle, Calvin Redfern. Laura loves books, especially detective stories, and wants to become a detective like her favorite fictional detective, Matt Walker.

After she arrives in St. Ives, where her uncle lives, she finds all sorts of mysteries that call out to her to be solved: What is her uncle's real occupation? Why does he forbid her to go to Dead Man's Cove? Why has the silent boy Tariq, who lives with an Indian couple who run a grocery store, suddenly rejected her friendship? Who has been leaving her messages in a bottle? These are only a few of the puzzles that Laura's curiosity won't let her leave unsolved.

There's plenty of adventure here, plus a twisty plot, quirky, believable characters, and a satisfying, surprising ending. One of my favorite characters is a lovable, brave three-legged Siberian husky who becomes Laura's soul mate. It's a wonderful tale that will appeal not only to kids, but also to grown-ups, even those who don't usually read children's books.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is great book! 28 July 2012
By Fish
I am a child who is 8 and I have finished this book. It is very exciting because it contains a ruthless gang, a mysterious uncle and an orphan. I especially liked the thrilling ending. It would be best read to children in year 3 or over. Year 6 and over should understand it and be able to read it by themselves, so get reading!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tracy Beaker meets the Famous Five 3 Oct 2010
By Annabel Gaskell VINE VOICE
Lauren St John is the author is a series of books for older children set in Africa. The White Giraffe and its sequels are heartwarming and well-loved, although I admit we've not read any of them (sadly, my daughter is not a fan of what she considers `animal tales'). However her latest book, the first of a new series, sounded attractive: - it features an orphan, Laura Marlin, who goes to live with her uncle in Cornwall and becomes a detective like the hero of her favourite books.

Laura, like Jacqueline Wilson's Tracey Beaker, lives in a children's home. She is delighted to find out she has an uncle who lives in St Ives who wants her to come and live with him - she knows nothing about him at all, but he seems genuinely interested in her and happy to have her there once she's moved. The only problem is that she hardly sees anything of him - his work keeps him very busy and he's often out in the small hours, Laura has no idea what he actually does. She spends more time with Mrs Webb the slightly strange housekeeper who is usually on hand to cook her dinner. However Uncle Calvin does encourage Laura to be independent and to explore St Ives - he just cautions her - don't take the path to Dead Man's Cove.

Laura soon gets to know the town, it's hills and beaches and then one day she finds a message in a bottle on her path to school - `Can I trust you?' it asks. Laura is intrigued and thus a mystery begins to find out who is wrote the message. She makes a friend, Tariq, the `son' of the Mukhtars who run the North Star Grocery. He can't speak English yet and Laura is sure there's a story to him as well.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 11 Dec 2011
By Harry
I go to school in St. Ives and think this book is really good. I have read loads of books and my nickname is bookworm. This is one of my favorites.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great books for 8-9 year olds 3 Mar 2014
By Mumof2
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My daughter was recommended to read these books by a girl in her class who is an avid reader. I hadn't heard of the author, but on the wishes of my then 7 year old, I bought them. Wow they are great. We have been reading together and she has been reading some on her own - have found myself dashing upstairs when she is at school to catch up with where she is in the book!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic 19 Aug 2013
By Paul
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I found this book by reading Kentucky thriller firSt I loved it so I bought the first book it is one of the best books I have ever read I mean ever
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 6 July 2013
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Such a good book I recommend from ages 8 to 14 mixed culture and super super duper duper incredibly mind busting
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 27 Mar 2014
By G. Cook
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My 7 year old grandson loved this book and has all in the series. I read it too and enjoyed it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a gift
Recipient really enjoyed the Famous Five books I gave her last year so I thought I'd try her on this. She says it's really exciting.
Published 2 months ago by Lynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This book was brilliant, I couldn't stop reading it when I bought it so I ended up finishing it the same day. I even read it to my younger brother, he loved it to! Read more
Published 2 months ago by mrs sophie c johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Mystery Book
This is a really good mystery book and you feel yourself coming up with lots of your own situation in your head. Read more
Published 2 months ago by CatR
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful descriptions of St Ives
I’ve read several of Lauren St John’s books before – all 4 of her White Giraffe series set in Africa were very good and highly enjoyable reads. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Non-stop Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books EVER
I'm only halfway through this book but already it's enthralled me. My best friend recommended it to my and I'm glad I took her advice. Read more
Published 6 months ago by chloxxx
5.0 out of 5 stars Dead Mans Cove
The story wad mysterious and gripping. I just wanted to keep reading more.
I would well advise you to read this
Katie age 10
Published 7 months ago by Katie Johnston
5.0 out of 5 stars laura marlin mystries1:dead man's cove
So far this has been one of the greatest books I have ever readin year 2013.
Lauren st John is AMZING…
Published 8 months ago by safia hossain
5.0 out of 5 stars Dead man`s cove
Get this book! It is written brilliantly and is a modern day child's detective story! Great for children aged 8-13, my guess but it could be a wider circle! Read more
Published 8 months ago by Snonymous...
5.0 out of 5 stars Dead Man's Cove
Amazing!! Great start and makes you want to read on. Well worth the price. This is a must by!!!:) Brilliant book.
Published 9 months ago by S. Panesar
5.0 out of 5 stars A real good read
Bought for my advanced reading daughter but ended up reading it myself. Really nice for newly independent readers. Exciting story too.
Published 11 months ago by LJ Barlow
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