Crime fiction is on something of a roll in so-called “middle-grade” publishing right now, and Elly Griffiths, author of the Dr Ruth Galloway and The Brighton Mysteries series for adults, is just the person to feed the evident hunger in the children’s market.
In this follow-up to A Girl Called Justice Justice Jones (more unladylike than Daisy and Hazel, smarter than Nancy Drew) sets out to uncover a deadly truth.
Assigned to look after the elderly Mr Arthur in Smugglers’ Lodge on the other side of the marshes from school, Justice’s dismay quickly gives way to intrigue as she finds herself drawn to Mr Arthur and his stories of piloting in the First World War. When Mr Arthur dies in mysterious circumstances, Justice soon has a list of questions in her journal
Why hasn’t he been given a proper military funeral?
Why does the new Matron not seem to know much about First Aid?
What secrets does Smugglers’ Lodge really hold?