Eleven-year-old ace detective Laura Marlin is whirled into a breathtaking Russian adventure in her fourth mystery following the BLUE PETER AWARD-winning first book DEAD MAN'S COVE.
Lauren St John was born in Gatooma, Rhodesia, now Kadoma, Zimbabwe. Aged 11 she and her family moved to Rainbow's End farm in Gadzema, which later became the subject of her memoir. After studying journalism, she relocated to England, where she was golf correspondent to the SUNDAY TIMES. She is the author of several books on sports and music, as well as the award-winning children's quartet The White Giraffe and the BLUE PETER AWARD-winning Laura Marlin series. She has also recently written an adult novel, The Obituary Writer, published in 2013. Visit Lauren's website at www.laurenstjohn.com
... a well told story full of excitement and adventure. There is plenty of information about farms and racing to please animal lovers, and a plot which is sufficiently realistic for readers to dream of solving similar mysteries themselves. Fans new and old of Laura Marlin will thoroughly enjoy it, and will be keeping their fingers crossed that Laura will soon be back to beat the bad guys and solve further crimes. - THE BOOK BAGLauren St John delivers a fast-moving plot filled with doubles and doppelgangers in this exhilerating read. As always, Laura Marlin makes for a redoubtable heroine who can teach the professionals a thing or two about mystery solving. - BOOKTRUSTWinner of the Blue Peter Book Award, Lauren St John adds another dramatic story to her excellent Laura Marlin Mysteries... Lauren St John provides a vivid setting of the Hermitage for this fast moving adventure. - LOVEREADING - Julia EccleshareOne of the best series around for younger readers keeps getting better. Highly recommended as a very cleverly plotted adventure. - THE BOOKBAG