Mariella Mystery: The Ghostly Guinea Pig
Publisher: Orion Children's Books
Mariella Mystery is a totally amazing girl detective, aged nine and a bit. In her top secret detective journal, she documents the investigations she carries out with the help of her fellow Mystery Girls, Poppy and Violet. In this story, the three set out to solve the strange case of the ghostly glowing Guinea Pig spotted by teacher Miss Crumble in her garden - in between practising their tap-dancing routine for the local talent show.
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.