This was such a fun book to read! I loved it!
Lauren St John puts her heroine Kat and Kat’s vet Mum in a somewhat bad situation, after which they decamp to Dorset, the way you always do in a good ‘let’s start a new life’ crime story. In Dorset it is beautiful and friendly and they feel they have ended up in just the right place.
Within hours odd things start happening, and Kat is the kind of 12-year-old who investigates. She’s also an animal person, so meets ‘all’ the village pets immediately on arriving, gets to know the nice people of Bluebell Bay, and finds a best friend in no time at all. Just as well, since there is much to investigate.
Kat is someone most of us have at some time hoped to be, and this book is the story we wanted to write when we tried our hand at ‘a Blyton’ and Bluebell Bay is definitely the place we want to go and live in.
There are bad guys and there are seriously bad guys. We have the army nearby and the Minister of Defence plays his part, as do the secret services of several countries. And there are animals, a ditzy American professor and his computer geek daughter Harper, Kat’s new best friend and partner in crime [solving]. Wolfe and Lamb, they call themselves. And where would you be without a librarian?
I know I will have to wait until next year for book no. two about these clever girls. But I don’t want to.
Unusually, for a book for this age group, a great cover and chapter illustrations, by Beidi Guo.