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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Piccadilly Press (1 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848120648
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848120648
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 361,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I have often found fiction that 'supports KS2 history topics' to be contrived and often boring. Here is an exception! ... she writes in a direct and uncompromising way and assumes the reader capable of dealing with what is a gruesome story set in Victorian London ... The most reluctant reader will warm to the central character, street wise Alfie Sykes ... This a fast-moving story with chapters that invariably end on cliff hangers, suited equally to individual reading or aloud to a group, the author manages to not only set the scene with some wonderful descriptions but also to sneak in some useful historical facts. The first of a series ... the next will be eagerly awaited."
-- School Librarian, Autumn 2010

"The very first words, `Only Alfie saw the hand. He stared in horror' ... grip the reader's attention - always vital with this age group ... will appeal mainly to boys, who are always drawn to stories about gangs and will readily identify with the characters. The story is fast-paced and will keep interest alive, either for group reading or independent reading. It is also excellent for KS2 studies of the Victorians." --Parents in Touch website, December 2010

"Cracking book ... grabbed my attention as soon as I read about it as it is set in the Victorian era ... hugely enjoyable read. ... not your average Famous Five style adventures - these kids are in genuine peril ... The characters are fun, brave and resilient - and stick together, despite their unfortunate circumstances. ... Overall, a fun start to what I hope will be a long running series. ... If your kids like mystery stories with real peril for the main characters then this is certainly worth getting hold of for them." --The Book Zone (for Boys)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By P. Hawkes on 5 April 2010
Format: Paperback
The Montgomery Murder is a really exciting ,and sometimes scary, story about Alfie,a Victorian street boy and his gang who live by their wits .The scene is set in the Bloomsbury and St. Giles districts of London where many people lived in extreme poverty a bit like the street people of Calcutta today . Alfie gets caught sealing a loaf of bread and is hauled off to Bow Street police station.
This is where it starts to get exciting!Inspector Denham tells Alfie that he will forget about the stolen loaf if Alfie will use his knowlege of the neighbourhood to help the police solve the murder of a Mr Montgomery who has been garrotted.The gang befriend a young Indian boy,Mallesh, has come in on a ahip from India to find Mr Mongomery Mr Montgomery took a lage diamond that Mallesh's father found and Mallesh is looking for justice but the police think he murdered Mr Mongomery!

Sammy, Alfie's younger brother, who is blind, managed to get a job in the Montgomery household working as a knife boy in the basement. He cant see... but he can hear a pin drop! He overhears the shifty butler and another man talking about a bank. then Denis Montgomery,the murdered man's son and a Mr Scott from India discussing money.On his way home Sammy is kidnapped about what he has heard ,strangled and left for dead but Mutsy ,the gang's dog ,lead the rest of the boys to find Sammy in the nick of time to save his life. Alfie and the gang have more scary adventures following all the clues until they realise that the diamond may have been from a dimond mine that Mallesh's father found.Alfie gets back into the Montgomery house with the help of Sarah the scullery maid. They find a letter with deeds to a diamond mine in Mr Scotts room...so they know who the murderer is..
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Bee on 29 Dec 2011
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I was given this book as a present for myself and my children to enjoy. I found it a fantastic short read even though it is obviously aimed at children. I am currently reading it to my 3 children aged 8, 10 and 12 and it is going down a treat. Great fun and suspense in a gritty location (London in Victorian times). My children are enjoying the different setting and language used in this book. Will definately be getting the next one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Learning is fun! on 11 Feb 2012
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This is a great start to an excellent series. Although it is written for children (which your 1 star reviewer clearly didn't notice!), it is a book than can be thoroughly enjoyed by adults when sharing it with their children. Both my son and I were drawn into the story, enjoying the historical setting, the accurate detail and the mystery equally - in fact bedtime certainly got delayed as we read more chapters each night than we'd meant to!
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I absolutely LOVED this book it had me on the edge of my seat! Such a thrilling ending and the whole time I was just completely glued to it. Definitely deserves five stars would give it six if I could!Recommend it to everyone except 7 or 8 and under because of the violence
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