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The Marsh Road Mysteries: Diamonds and Daggers
Written by Elen Caldecott
Bloomsbury (eB) £5.99
First in a new series of detective mysteries, it introduces us to five friends, each from a different cultural background, who join forces to solve crime. When Piotr's Dad is accused of the theft of a diamond necklace at the theatre where he works as a security guard, Dad's first reaction is to return to Poland taking his family with him. Piotr doesn't want to leave his new home and friends, and so. determined to prove his Dad's innocence and stay in Marsh Road, he leads the search for the thief. This is a fast-moving whodunit with engaging characters, an urban Famous Five with whom my young reviewers identified as they eliminated one suspect after another till they finally tracked down the villain in a satisfying climax.
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