Helen Heaton, reviewer for Mendip Children’s Book Group
It’s not often that a book well and truly stops me in my tracks – in a good way – and then I end up thinking about it at night, in the morning and when I’m supposed to be cooking dinner.
The book is mesmerising from start to finish and a pacey page-turner. The story has every great element of a gripping murder mystery, with a range of rounded and deep characters, and explores the many faces of grief as well as what it means to be family or a friend.
I would recommend The Five Clues for readers aged 14+ (just because there are a few quite graphic moments and some fruity language), but nonetheless it is one of the most enjoyable murder mysteries I have ever read. I look forward to the next instalment in the series with anticipation, as this first book is beautifully written and well executed.