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Written by Philippa Murphy
Illustrated by Roberta Tedeschi
Part of the Christie and Agatha's Detective Agency SeriesWrite A Review
A clever mixture of fact and fantasy
The Christie and Agatha Detective Agency
What a great book, obviously the start of a fun series.
The two main characters, children called Agatha and Christie; one inquisitive and practical, the other quiet and academic, but with the closeness and affinity of twins.
The story revolves around a tea party where penicillin (mould juice) is hidden in a sandwich as an experiment, but who is it that takes the sandwich? As the plot unfolds, various interesting characters are introduced, such as Arthur Conon Doyle, the famous writer, and Alexander Fleming the famous scientist. The book is a very clever mixture of fact and fantasy with all the loose ends cleverly resolved at the end. Even Hercule Poirot is hinted at with a passing comment by the Belgian neighbour referring to using ‘one’s little grey cells’
There is a sufficient mixture of humour and mystery to make it very readable. It reminded me of the film ‘Young Sherlock’ that gives you the background/childhood of Sherlock Holmes.
The historical references and explanations at the end are well written and would I think spark a child’s imagination and interest to go on and find out more about the author Conon Doyle and the history of penicillin.
Christie and Agatha’s Detective Agency
The series is set in the 1920s and follows the adventures of the title characters, twins sisters with inquisitive minds that lead them to solve mysteries.
Sweet Cherry’s Managing Editor Cecilia Bennett, said: “The 1920s is often seen as the golden age of crime fiction and it’s such an interesting time period! Not only does it have a mix of invention, technological progress and nostalgic things like steam trains, but it was also a decade in which women gained a lot of rights. It’s great to be able to explore this world through our two inquisitive heroines.”
The stories, illustrated by Italian illustrator Roberta Tedeschi, fictionalise real-life discoveries and events to introduce young readers aged 7+ to famous historical figures. The first three titles in the series explore Alexander Fleming’s discovery of penicillin, Henry Alexander Jr’s descent up Ben Nevis and Howard Carter’s discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb.
Book 1 in the Christie and Agatha's Detective Agency series!
Whoever gave you that sandwich did it deliberately. They wanted to sabotage Fleming's research. When Agatha accidentally eats a major scientific discovery (hidden in a sandwich!), it's a race against time for twins Agatha and Christie to find out who's trying to ruin physician Sir Alexander Fleming's reputation.
Mixing fact and fiction this is a super story to introduce kids to the Detective genre. It's very easy to read and contains enough interest to keep kids attention without swamping them with difficult language or unnecessary detail. Although the protagonists are both female this book would clearly appeal to both boys and girls. The fast-paced, but not scary, storyline would make a great bedtime read for a child wanting the next stage on from a picture book. -- Kate, Musings and Muddles
|Publication date:||2nd September 2021|
|Publisher:||Sweet Cherry Publishing|
|Suitable for:||7+ readers|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery|
Pip Murphy is a British writer and lived her early life in England on the Wirral. She studied Classics at Edinburgh University, after which she moved to Tokyo, Japan. Pip is also an English teacher and has loved reading her whole life - some of the books that influenced and inspired her the most were ones she read when she was little (she even read every book in her primary school, some of them more than once).More About Philippa Murphy
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