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The case of the missing moonstone

The case of the missing moonstone

Stratford, Jordan, author; Murphy, Kelly, 1977- illustrator

Lady Ada Byron, age 11, is a genius. Isolated, awkward and socially inept - but a genius. Mary Godwin, age 14, is a romantic. Adventurous, astute, and kind, Mary is to become Ada's first true friend. And together, the girls conspire to form the Wollstonecraft Detective Agency - a secret constabulary for the apprehension of clever criminals. Their first case involves a stolen heirloom, a false confession, and an array of fishy suspects - but these are no match for the deductive powers and bold hearts of Ada and Mary

Hardback, Book. English. Detective and mystery stories. Fiction 9+. Adventure. Children's stories.
Published London: Jonathan Cape, 2015
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Statement of responsibility: Jordan Stratford ; illustrated by Kelly Murphy
ISBN: 0857551477, 9780857551474
Intended audience: 9+. Juvenile.
Physical Description: 218 pages : illustrations (black and white), map (black and white) ; 19 cm.
Series: The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency ; 1
Subject: Great Britain History 1800-1837 Juvenile fiction.
Series Title: Wollstonecraft Detective Agency ; 1.

Author note

Jordan Stratfordhas been pronounced clinically dead, and was briefly (mistakenly) wanted by INTERPOL for international industrial espionage. He is an ordained priest, has won numerous sword fights, jaywalked the streets of Paris, San Francisco, and São Paulo, and was once shot by a stray rubber bullet in a London riot. He lives on a tiny windswept Pacific island populated predominantly by realtors and carnivorous gulls.


"An enjoyable plot borrowed from Wilkie Collins - not to mention resourceful heroines and fun writing"
The Wall Street Journal||"The telling is sprightly and vaguely reminiscent ofThe Wolves of Willoughby Chase"
Financial Times||"Skilled illustrations and comical narration and dialogue will charm readers thoroughly"
Publisher's Weekly||"Smart and clever girls will enjoy this refreshing mystery and the start to what's sure to be an intriguing series"
Kids Reads||"Equal parts laughs and adventure, this lively mystery will keep you guessing till the end!"
Discovery Girls

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When Mary Godwin and Lady Ada Byron first meet, they don't exactly hit it off. But with crime on the rise, the unlikely pair form a detective agency to hunt down clever criminals on the streets of London.

Their first case involves a stolen necklace, a false confession, and lots of suspicious suspects - but these are no match for Ada and Mary.

Filled with daring balloon chases, vile villains and two unforgettable heroines,The Case of the Missing Moonstoneis the first in a thrilling new series; perfect for all aspiring sleuths.