Ten year old orphan Wilma Tenderfoot wants to be a detective, and she has all the right traits, being funny, feisty, cheeky, charming and, above all, determined. Wilma lives in the Lowside Institute for Woeful Children, supposedly being looked after by the unpleasant Mrs. Waldock of Howling Hall. Wilma discovers that her new next-door neighbor is the renowned detective Theodore P. Goodman, and he has a new case. Wilma wants to become Mr. Goodman's apprentice, and with the help of her beagle, Pickle, she makes deductions, follows leads, and scouts out suspects. She's sure she'll win the famous detective over and crack the case, as soon as Pickle stops eating the clues. There's murder, mystery and missing jewels, giving the book the air of a Poirot TV episode. My daughter, aged 16, enjoyed Frozen Hearts, although being older she did prefer the 'Young Sherlock Holmes' series of books. She thought the book would would suit 9 to 12 year olds, and that it was particularly girl friendly.
There's now a few books in the Wilma Tenderfoot series: Wilma Tenderfoot and the Case of the Frozen Hearts (published 2009), Wilma Tenderfoot and the Case of the Putrid Poison (2010), Wilma Tenderfoot and the Case of the Fatal Phantom (November 2010), and Wilma Tenderfoot and the Case of the Rascal's Revenge (2011). They are aimed at kids aged 9+. Author Emma Kennedy is an actress and writer who has appeared in many award-winning comedy shows including Goodness Gracious Me and The Smoking Room, and she has written for 'Tracey Beaker' and 'Kerching' on CBBC.