The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency, The Case of the Missing Moonstone, by Jordan Stratford: This is the first in a series of detective books about The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency, where history, mystery, and science are all mixed together. I loved the first two books in the series and I am looking forward to reading the next one. The author creates for us an alternate 1826, where Ada Lovelace (who became the world’s first computer programmer) and Mary Shelley (later the author of Frankenstein) meet as girls and form a secret detective agency! Adventurous, clever, and kind, Mary becomes the isolated and awkward Ada’s first true friend. Their first case involves a stolen heirloom, a false confession, and an array of very fishy suspects. I love the two main characters who are both bold and clever girls. I also love history and so it was great to see all the real-life, famous figures who play a role in this story, like Percy Shelley and Charles Dickens. I also think it is brilliant that in these books the girls use maths, science, and creative analytical thinking to solve the crimes. But the book is also full of humor, fast-paced action, and intrigue and there are some great illustrations too. I thought that the book was really well written with brilliant dialogue between all the characters. At the end of the book there are some interesting facts, so that readers can separate historical fact from fiction. I would recommend this book to anyone aged 9+, as it is funny and action-packed, but I think those interested in history would enjoy it most of all.
Kerry M, age 10, Brighton UK