This anthology brings together the cream of current British children’s crime writing, with 12 brand-new stories from 12 prize-winning, bestselling authors. This is a Detection Club for the 21st century, and these creepy, hilarious, brain-boggling, heart-pounding mysteries, featuring daring, brilliant young detectives will delight young mystery readers, as well as create legions of brand-new crime fiction fans. Stories are divided into Impossible Mysteries, Canine Capers, Poisons Plots, and Closed-System Crimes.
From School Library Journal
Gr 4-6–In the tradition of Sherlock Holmes, detectives use deduction to solve 12 crimes ranging from murder to dognapping. Here, however, the detectives are children, tweens, or teens who manage to solve crimes that confound and sometimes even endanger their elders. Also in the Holmes tradition, these entries are ever so British, although one does take place in Southern California. Whether the mystery involves poisoning, a locked room, purloined jewels, or the hound of the Baskervilles, these kids find the answer. The short story format leaves little time to explore characters in any depth or to develop a plot of real complexity. This results in some interesting leaps in logic and a few abrupt endings. However, several tales point readers in the direction of a series that they may enjoy, and this volume can also serve as an introduction to the mystery genre for those reluctant to commit to a novel. VERDICT Readers who are already fans of the genre will love trying to solve the mystery before the young protagonists do; a fine purchase for large collections or where short story anthologies are needed.–Katherine Koenig, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh