Times Children’s Book of the Week, June 23 2018
Completed and published version of the draft novel that won the Chicken House children’s fiction competition in 2016.
Seth is the oppressed kitchen boy at the remote Last Chance Hotel, owned by the nasty Bunn family. His only friend is his black cat, Nightshade. But when a strange gathering of magicians arrives for dinner, kindly Dr Thallomius is poisoned by Seth’s special dessert.
A locked-room murder investigation ensues – and Seth is the main suspect. The funny thing is, he’s innocent . can he solve the mystery and clear his name, especially when magic’s afoot?