When I first heard about Mystery & Mayhem I was very intrigued. I love anthologies as they give you the chance to sample a variety of author all in one book. When I got the chance to take part in the blog tour I jumped at the chance.
As Mystery & Mayhem has a few stories, all split into its own category, I'm just going to review one book from each category, and mention the other books from the category.
* Emily and the Detectives by Susie Day
Emily is often overlooked because of her age and her sex, but is usually the first to solve the mystery before the investigation has really begun. This story see Emily being sent away while her Father investigates, only to have Emily solve it all herself.
* Rain on My Parade by Elen Caldecott
* The Mystery of the Green Room by Clementine Beauvais
* The Mystery of Diablo Canyon Circle by Caroline Lawrence
Cliff, Darcy, and Rochester have been living in USA for a short while with their parents after moving there from the UK. Trying to find her frisbee, Darcy stumbles upon the case of a missing dog. With some sleuthing she is able to find the dog, and explain what happened.
* Mel Foster and the Hound of the Baskervilles by Julia Golding
* Dazzle, Dog Biscuits and Disaster by Kate Pankhurst
*The Mystery of the Pineapple Plot by Helen Moss
A giant pineapple that tips the scales at seven pounds and two ounces is presented, but when cut into holds a horrifying sight. Quality Fruit (yes, that is a name) and Catherine must investigate to find out what happened to the pineapple to keep thier friend safe.
* God's Eye by Frances Hardinge
* The Murder of Monsieur Pierre by Harriet Whitehorn
* The Mystery of Room 12 by Robin Stevens
James is left to look after the desk at the hotel his father owns. He checks in a guest for room 12, who disappears in the night. With his dog, Alfie, James investigates the disappearance of this guest and finds out what happened to her.
* Safe-Keeping by Sally Nicholls
* The Mystery of the Purloid Pearls by Katherine Woodfine
I really enjoyed most of the stories in this book. A lot of the authors are new to me, so getting to read a small sample of thier work makes me want to tackle more of thier books.
The Crime Club’s Favourite Childhood Mystery Reads – Part 2
They're never going to go down in history as great detective minds, but the sleuths I loved best as a child were the Famous Five. Enid Blyton only had about four plots, and since I read all twenty-five Famous Five novels one after the other, in order, followed by all fifteen Secret Seven novels, all ordered into the library for me by long-suffering librarians, it wasn't usually hard to figure out whodunnit. Baddies in Enid Blyton were always grumpy, cruel to animals, or suspiciously working-class, and they usually made things easier for the child detectives by hanging around the scene of the crime looking dodgy, storing boxes of contraband in their garages or, in extreme circumstances, kidnapping Anne. Enid Blyton only had one plot twist, and that was when the suspect turned out to be a detective in disguise, but since she trotted this one out fairly regularly, you could usually see that coming too.
I didn't care. I loved them all. I wanted my own dog, my own boat and my own island, like George. I wanted to be allowed to camp out on moors all summer while my parents ... actually, I'm not sure what the Famous Five's parents did with their summer holidays. Got pissed somewhere as far away from Julian as possible? I wanted to find secret passageways, and smugglers, and buried treasure, and kidnappers.
Say what you like about Enid Blyton, she knew what kids want to read about.
My favourite mystery novel as a child was, A Little Princess (Frances Hodgson Burnett) the mystery is twofold: who is the man next door to Sara Carew and who is she herself, princess or pauper?
|Credit: Caroline Lawrence|
My favourite mystery as a child was Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None. I was 9 years old, and it was the very first time I'd read a crime story. I was transfixed! and frozen with terror, even though it was in the middle of the summer. I read all the way through a swimming-pool outing, while my cousins splashed around telling me to stop reading. Impossible. I had nightmares for weeks... but kept rereading and rereading it anyway. I still think it's one of the most perfect locked-room mysteries even written (well, locked-island, I guess) - it might explain why my own story is a locked-room mystery!
My favourite books growing up in California were Sherlock Holmes and Nancy Drew!