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Violet and the Pearl of the Orient by Harriet Whitehorn

When a new family move in next door, Violet is sure there's something strange about them. Then her eccentric, but lovely neighbour, Dee Dee Derota, has a precious jewel stolen. Could the new family be to blame? Violet is on the case to uncover the truth…

My Thoughts
Violet and the pearl of the orient is everything I wanted from a middle grade detective adventure story. I loved every page of it and didn't want it to end.

Violet is 10 years old and is shocked when her friend and neighbour's very expensive brooch is stolen and is frustrated when the police dismiss the case despite clues that Violet uncovers and presents to them.

I loved Violet as a character and loved her determination and cleverness and loved following her as she worked on the case.

The story itself is beautifully presented with lots of lovely illustrations to go alongside the text including maps. I do love a good map in a book.

If you loved Robin Steven's Murder Most Unladylike you will adore this book too.