- Pages - 176
- Publisher - Orion Books
- Date - 7 July
- Age - 10+
- ISBN: 9781444003284
This is a great debut book for a new author, who in total has now penned six books, in this Blyton-esque series. The book is a fast-paced, detective adventure with a mysterious problem at its core which is required to be solved. Set in an idyllic back drop of castles, caves and a lighthouse for a hotel, the small town of Carrickstowe can be found situated by the coast. Three children and a dog turn adventure seeking into a full blown investigation. They each find themselves trying to locate the missing treasure of Carrickstowe, which disappears from the local museum.
This is a simple, but fast-paced story, packed full of fun and crazy characters. I particularly enjoyed the mad references from Mrs Loveday, which were intermingled throughout the story. Mrs Loveday, who is a poker gambling elderly lady, gets confused and muddles up a variety of sayings. One particular example that made me chortle was 'the windmill of opportunity' .
This book is a really enjoyable read, and with five more books coming out this year, there will be many more adventures to come our way. Nostalgic adventure stories are back once more, thrillingly enjoyable!
Adventure Island books.......
The Mystery of the Whistling Caves - July 2011
The Mystery of the Midnight Ghost - July 2011
The Mystery of the Hidden Gold - Aug 2011
The Mystery of the Missing Masterpiece - Aug 2011
The Mystery of the Cursed Ruby - Sep 2011
The Mystery of the Vanishing Skelton - Sep 2011
After a degree in psychology and philosophy at Oxford University, Helen went on to do PhD research at Cambridge University. She recently spent a year in Portland, Oregon with her family, and on returning decided to switch direction and devote herself full-time to writing. She signed up for some creative writing classes and was immediately hooked.
Helen lives in a small village just outside Cambridge, with her husband, two young sons, two border collies, two guinea pigs, two dwarf hamsters, twenty hens and a cockerel called Wilfred.