Detective Nosegoode and the Musicbox Mystery

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At first glance, Mr Ambrosius Nosegoode seems to be a perfectly ordinary older gentleman. After retiring he has moved from the big city to a small town, where he spends his days growing radishes, playing the flute and talking walks with his dog Cody.

But appearances can be deceiving. This unimposing man was once a famous detective and his dog isn't an ordinary mutt either - he can talk! When a mysterious man with a fake black beard comes to town and a music box goes missing from the workshop of clockmaker Mr Ignatius Blossom, the two friends begin to investigate.

My Thoughts

This delightful mystery story completely bewitched me.

A young reader's Hercule Poirot, Detective Nosegoode is accompanied by his talking dog Cody, and their relationship put me in mind of Tintin and Snowy.

The novel is written in a quirky, very readable style and supported by wonderful illustrations. The story offers lots of clues that will intrigue young readers and keep them turning the pages. The place names alone - Barrel Organ Street, Boniface Swallowtail, Ignatious Blossom, Skylark Lane - combine with the talking dog to add just enough magic to carry the story along with an enchanting sparkle.

Detective Nosegoode would be great fun to read out loud and excellent for new readers too. I am thrilled to read it is the first in a series and very much look forward to the next one!

This lovely novel sits right in the middle of my two bookshelves and I couldn't decide whether to position it for younger or older readers, so at the moment it is on both shelves! Let me know what you think.


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