Illustrated throughout with Kate Pankhurst's quirky, charismatic artwork, and containing lots of tips for aspiring young sleuths, covering everything from setting up your own detective headquarters to undercover surveillance, the first book in the Mariella Mystery series is perfect for children who are beginning to develop confidence with chapter books. Pankhurst puts her own fun, tongue-in-cheek spin on the coventions of the detective story to create a lively and enjoyable story that young readers will find irresistible. (BOOKTRUST
Wittily told in words and pictures, Mariella Mystery, a totally amazing nine year detective, sets about following clues in an entertaining and action packed adventure. No mystery is too complex for Mariella...and this time, she is on the trail of a ghostly guinea pig. When Miss Crumble says she thinks she has seen the ghost of her beloved guinea pig Mr Darcy, Mariella Mystery gets straight down to work following all the most likely (and some unlikely!) clues. (Julia Eccleshare LOVEREADING
A perfect book for 7-9 yr old girls who love funny stories with quirky illustrations like Diary of a Wimpy Kid, the Dork Diaries and Clarice Bean.