Five friends join together to form the Mystery Book Club. However, what starts as a fun Saturday afternoon meet-up, soon develops into an investigation. Someone is stealing cats in the neighbourhood. Guided by the books they love, the friends search for the culprit. Will they be able to catch the thief before he strikes again?
A coming of age tale set in the commercial capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo, the story takes the youngsters through an adult world of prejudice and social norms. As they attempt to solve the mystery, they also learn to navigate new waters.
This will also appeal to lovers of cozy mysteries and vintage settings like the well-loved Enid Blyton books, and bring in a new era of amateur sleuths.
Cute read for kids who like mysteries involving multiple kiddos. I struggled with some of the situations being genuine but they were entertaining. The most genuine part of the story was the varied adult responses to the children’s shenanigans. Some where very supportive while others were against their choices/involvement. That was a very good lesson. A secondary part of the story that was very heartening to read, were the cultural difference between Sri Lanka and the U.S. For those who don’t live in that region, they could benefit from seeing what other cultures are like (such as not being able to bring books home, servants, and the strict social interactions of children from bothering neighbors and the like). One drawback was the adult-like dialogue for such young children – I wasn’t sure if this was something common in Sri Lanka.
3.5 Stars (rounded up)
The case of the missing cat isn’t the most interesting part of this story but acts as a platform for multiple lessons. For sure a children’s book.
Where did I get it?
I received a copy from the author. This is a voluntary review.