Real Life Mysteries

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Have you ever wondered what exactly does go bump in the night?

From mysteries like Shackleton’s ghostly companion to the Loch Ness Monster and friends, read the amazing evidence about these mysterious cases and make up your own mind. Things are not always what they seem - until they are, then you might wish you had never asked!

My Thoughts

As president and founder member of a The Eleighwater Detective Club, I spent much of my childhood trying to find mysteries to solve. (The only other club member was my friend and neighbour Susan Loud and we spent most of our time following my poor brother.)

When there were no mysteries to solve (pretty much always, except for 'who left the paddock gate open and let all the cows out?' - it was always me!) I made them up. I never was one to let the truth get in the way of a good story.

How I wish Real-Life Mysteries had been around in those days. It includes everything a junior detective could possibly need; stories, case files, evidence notes, witnesses, investigator's kit notes as well as eleven real live mysteries to solve:-

  • Scary Hairy Creatures - Are there really giant creatures like Bigfoot out there in the woods?
  • Slipping Into The Past - Is it possible to see people and events that happened long ago?
  • Unidentified Flying Objects -Stories of strange lights in the sky and alien spacecraft
  • Ancient Alien Astronauts - Did space travellers from other planets visit Earth 100s of years ago?
  • Curses, Curses, Curses! - Tales of a haunted ship, a doomed diamond and a sinister car
  • Helpful Ghosts - Do comforting spooks help us in times of danger?
  • Monsters of the Deep - Strange beasts lurking in lakes and oceans
  • Fire from Within - Incredible cases of Spontaneous Human Combustion!
  • Astonishing Superpowers - Fire-walking, spoon-bending, and seeing the future!
  • Strange Circles - Who or what is making mysterious patterns in fields of corn? (This is my FAVOURITE mystery!)
  • The Missing Lighthouse Men - How could three men disappear without trace?

    This book is fun to read, makes a great activity book and would be a superb present. It includes some fabulous 'new' words with all the meanings explained and the layout and illustrations are tantalising and so fulsome they make you want to read it over and over again just in case you've missed something. 

    I'm planning a Q & A with the author of Real Life Mysteries, so if YOU have any questions for Susan Martineau please send them my way and I will add them to my list.  And watch out for a new 'non-fiction' section on The Bookshelf. I so enjoyed Real Life Mysteries, I plan to feature more non-fiction on the site. Let me know if you have any favourites you'd like included.

    Treat yourself to a copy of Real Life Mysteries here:-

    Local Library

    Local Bookshop

    Buy online



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