|Mariella is on the case!|
August 2014, Orion Children's Books, 176 pages, Paperback, Review copy
Content: lots of mystery and humour
Summary from Orion
Mariella Mystery (That's me!) - totally amazing girl detective, aged 9 and a bit. Able to solve the most mysterious mysteries and perplexing problems, even before breakfast.
Is there really a spaghetti-loving yeti stalking the woods next to Limpet Rocks Campsite? Mariella and the Mystery Girls are determined to find out.
There are no scary poodles in this 5th book of the series - phew! See suggested read for the explanation to that comment. Mariella and Co are back...as is her little brother who manages to be a tiny bit useful to the investigation of the spaghetti thief. Yes, someone was stealling spaghetti. I vaguely guessed the culprit, but the reason behind the crimes, and the method and sheer brilliance (or stupidity) of the events used to distract everyone while the spaghetti got nicked meant it didn't matter that I knew who it was before I got to the end.
I love how Mariella relates everything to something mysterious and has to be solved, especially when the truth turns out to be far stranger than fiction. She won't have to hide spaghetti any more - although you might want to, just to be safe. I laughed and smiled on virtually every page. The story was definitely enhanced by the numerous illustrations pointing out every detail, imagined or actual, which were clues for Mariella to unravel. Although I don't enjoy doing camping, I love reading about it, so Mariella's holiday destination was another plus for this enjoyable story.
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To find out why I was so happy about the absence of poodles check out Mariella Investigates the Curse of the Pampered Poodle (Children's, 7 years +, 9/10E)