Cream Buns and Crime: Tips, Tricks, and Tales from the Detective ­Society

S. & S. (A Murder Most Unladylike ­Mystery). Apr. 2024. 288p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781665919463.
Gr 4 Up–A short story companion to the popular mystery series. At Deepdean School for Girls, Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are solving mysteries once again. In this book, they encounter some “mini mysteries” while offering tips, tricks, and tales from the Detective Society. The book opens in 1936 with the introductory text appearing on a typewriter, intriguing readers and setting the tone that this is a legitimate artifact revealing true tips and detective secrets. Readers are given a thorough guide on how to set up their own detective society, the basics of sleuthing, information about special cases and the world of spies, and how to crack unsolved mysteries. Readers are encouraged to choose detective society members well and have them pledge to discover truth and justice. The book even includes instructions on how to make a fingerprint kit.
VERDICT Fans of Enola Holmes, Agatha Christie, and Stuart Gibbs will love this engaging text that is a blend of mystery fiction and gumshoe how-to.

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