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Mystery & Mayhem (Crime Club) Paperback – 5 May 2016
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I can't pick a favourite of the twelve because they were all so different and gripping; all I can say to all you other young sleuths out there is track down a copy of this book and read it. 5 stars out of 5 in my opinion. -- BookieCookie Guardian Children's Books The variety contained in these pages is breath-taking. There are poisonings, dog-nappings and a good number of crimes that seem, at first glance, simply impossible to commit. You'll be whisked from contemporary Britain to the eighteenth century and to Victorian London. You'll find yourself in theatres, grand country houses and the American suburbs, and you'll discover enigmas and puzzles concerning pearls, pineapples, poisons and poodles (to employ just one letter of the alphabet). All the clues are there on the page, there's no cheating or actually-I-never-told-you-but, so you can set to and get to the solution before Emily, Minnie, Marcel and co, or you can sit back, relax and enjoy the ride. You'll laugh, you'll gasp with shock, you'll admire their cleverness (and your own!) and you'll occasionally grind your teeth as adults step in at the last minute and take all the credit. But most of all you'll have lots and lots of fun. -- Linda Lawlor The Bookbag
About the Author
Katherine Woodfine was born in Lancashire. She studied English at Bristol University and in 2005 she was highly commended in Vogue magazine’s annual Talent Competition for young writers. Her contribution to Mystery & Mayhem is the thrilling 'The Mystery of the Purloined Pearls'.
Julia Golding is a multi-award winning writer for children and young adults. She also writes under the pen names of Joss Stirling and Eve Edwards. Well over half a million of her books have been sold worldwide in more than twenty different languages. Her contribution to Mystery & Mayhem, 'Mel Foster and the Hound of the Baskervilles' features a guest appearance from Sherlock Holmes.
Frances Hardinge is the author of seven novels for children, including the 2015 Costa Book of the Year, The Lie Tree. Her debut novel, Fly by Night, won the 2006 Branford Boase Award and was shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize. Frances’s contribution to Mystery & Mayhem, ‘God’s Eye’, is a wonderfully sinister Victorian thriller featuring hot air balloons and secret poisonings.
Robin Stevens is highly experienced in writing about mystery and mayhem, being the author of the Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries series. Her contribution to Mystery & Mayhem is an Agatha Christie-style puzzler called ‘The Mystery of Room 12’. Robin lives in London.
Clementine Beauvais is an academic and writer of children’s books. She is currently lecturer at the University of York where she researches childhood and education. Her contribution to Mystery & Mayhem is ‘The Mystery of the Green Room’, described by Katherine Woodfine as ‘a brain-boggling Agatha-Christie style puzzle that even Miss Marple might struggle to solve’.
Elen Caldecott started her literary career when she was very young, writing sequels to some of her favourite books because she couldn’t bear to say goodbye to the characters. Before becoming a published author, Elen worked as an archaeologist, a nurse, a theatre usher and a museum security guard. Her first book was How Kirsty Jenkins Stole the Elephant. Elen Caldecott’s contribution to Mystery & Mayhem, ‘Rain on My Parade’, is a deliciously complex modern day puzzler.
Born in Wales, Susie Day moved to Oxford to read English Literature at Oxford University and continues to live in Oxford now she’s a children’s writer. Her novels for children include Big Woo!, Girl Meets Cake, and The Secret of Sam and Sam. Susie’s contribution to Mystery & Mayhem, ‘Emily and the Detectives’, is about the capable Emily who outsmarts her detective dad, Mr Black, and the clueless Lord Copperbole.
Caroline Lawrence was born in London but grew up in the United States before returning to the UK to study at Cambridge. Caroline is a big fan of mystery fiction, having written The Roman Mysteries, series of historical novels for children. Her contribution to Mystery & Mayhem, ‘The Mystery of Diablo Canyon Circle’, has a hint of the American Wild West.
Helen Moss began writing for children in 2007. Her books include the Adventure Island and Secrets of the Tombs series. Helen was born in Worcestershire. After a degree in Psychology and Philosophy, she went on to study for a PhD in psycholinguistics at Cambridge. Her short story in Mystery & Mayhem, ‘The Mystery of the Pineapple Plot’, is an exciting Georgian country house mystery.
Acclaimed author Sally Nicholls has written several novels for children, including Ways to Live Forever, Shadow Girl, and Season of Secrets. She has won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and the Dimplex New Writer of the Year Award. Her short story in Mystery & Mayhem is ‘Safe Keeping’, a tribute to Boy’s Own-style adventures.
Harriet Whitehorn lives in London with her husband and her three daughters. She currently works for English Heritage and is the author of the Violet and the Pearl of the Orient series. Harriet’s contribution to Mystery & Mayhem, ‘The Murder of Monsieur Pierre’, is set on the streets of 1870s Soho.
Kate Pankhurst has an MA in Children's Book Illustration. She has illustrated books by Ian Whybrow (author of 'The Bedtime Bear' and 'The Tickle Book') and Marjorie Newman ('Mole and the Baby Bird'). Her contribution to Mystery & Mayhem introduces a brilliant, quick thinking young sleuth, Sid the dog walker.
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Top Customer Reviews
I was very keen to read this collection as I have been totally captivated by the recent publications by Woodfine and Stevens; enchanted by their stunning book covers, charmed by their historical settings and their clever embodiment of combining of all the wining ingredients for intriguing mystery stories inherited from the greats like Christie and Conan Doyle to write something fresh and full of modern appeal. I am also a huge fan of Helen Moss and Sally Nicholls so I really had to read this book!
Woodfine says in the introduction that these new mysteries are a "nod to the much loved mysteries of the past but also bring detective fiction bang up to date." This collection is diverse and includes a range of different voices and character; from those of boys and girls, from modern day to the Victorian era to the Georgian period, from realism to the more surreal. What makes them all particularly appealing is that all the writers are clearly big fans of mystery writers and have a deep knowledge of the genre and the voices of previous authors famed for this style of writing. They all seek to have some fun with the traditions of crime fiction and all understand what makes a perfect young adult read. These are not simple, dumb downed pastiches but something more sophisticated, which embrace the legacy of previous crime writers and reinvent the genre.Read more ›
My nine year old daughter really enjoyed this collection of mysteries – which will take readers from the Wild West to Georgian London – and which she enjoyed trying to solve. These are well written, with some great authors, and will appeal to a YA audience, as well as children, in my opinion. A great introduction to the crime genre and it has already led my daughter to want to try some other books by the authors included in this collection.
They are in turn mysterious and thought provoking.
The authors are unknown to me, but I would put them on a par with Agatha Christie albeit toned down for children.
My favourite story is "Dazzle, Dog Biscuits and Disaster", by Kate Pankhurst.
Adults will also enjoy these twelve stories.
I was given a digital copy of this book by the publisher Egmont Publishing via Netgalley in return for an honest unbiased review.
EMILY AND THE DETECTIVES by Susie Day is a charming and amusing story about Emily Black, a smart and logical girl with a gift for solving crimes who helps her father and his odious patron, Lord Copperbole solve crimes in Victorian England only to see them take the credit for her deductions. I liked the diversity here (Emily is bi-racial and her father from India) and the murder mystery is intriguing while making good use of real Victorian period details.
RAIN ON MY PARADE by Elen Caldecott features Minnie, Flora and Sylvie from her MARSH ROAD MYSTERIES SERIES revolves around Carnival and the dastardly destruction of a designer’s costume. It’s a cute story but I found the villain a bit too easy to guess and the ending a little pat.
THE MYSTERY OF THE GREEN ROOM by Clementine Beauvais sees Marcel and his family (including aunts, uncles and cousins gather at his great uncle Lucian’s house in Brittany, France for the reading of Lucian’s will. When Lucian’s estranged brother, Bill, is found murdered in his locked bedroom, Marcel and his cousin Joseph must solve the mystery. This is an ingenious story and I really enjoyed the characterisation – especially Marcel’s feelings of distance from his older cousin.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An excellent collection of short stories, some solvable and all readable. They cover a variety of different crimes, each with their own characters and all very different. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Sara E
What a fabulous book of short stories. Ideal for children (especially girls) aged 8-12 and great for teachers to plan 'whodunnit' English units and to compare stories like Mel... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Happy Teacher
Some good stories. Some felt like they needed editing - a bit obvious or rushed but on the whole I liked an introduction to some new writers.Published 6 months ago by sharona27
Mystery & Mayhem (The Crime Club) is a collection of 12 crime mysteries that are aimed at approximately the 8-12 year old market. Read morePublished 6 months ago by H. Pierce
Fantastic introduction to the different types of murder mysteries, aimed specifically at the older primary school-aged child. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazamma
A good collection of detective stories which my 8 year old son enjoyed. Enough excitement to keep him engaged in the stories. Recommended.Published 7 months ago by Pompom
This is an excellent collection of twelve short mystery stories aimed at 8-12 year-olds. Despite being considerably past this target demographic, I found much to enjoy. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Stuart Moses
My soon-to-be-nine-years'-old daughter has enjoyed this book over the last month. She's not a strong reader so often we would read together or sometimes it would be a bedtime story... Read morePublished 7 months ago by JB
I am not sure if these stories will lead to more wonderfully good crime writers in the future but they are certainly very good short stories for any children who like to read a... Read morePublished 7 months ago by elsie purdon