Review of 'Mollie Mack, Private Detective' - Linda Dobinson
Mollie is excited!
She has been a private detective for six months, and FINALLY a BIG case has landed on her desk. If she solves it, it will make the papers and make her agency famous. She needs to give it her full attention; but she already has three cases she is working on. And when she gets an unexpected lead in her oldest case, she HAS to run with it.
UK - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Molly-Private-Detective-Linda-Dobinson-ebook/dp/B09NL5Y8Y1/
US - https://www.amazon.com/Molly-Private-Detective-Linda-Dobinson-ebook/dp/B09NL5Y8Y1/
I don't very often get to review children's books, so I was pleased to get offered the opportunity to do so this month.
Mollie is an interesting character - for a tween, she is very independent and I'm in awe of her cooking abilities. At her age, I think I could just about manage sandwich making, but she seems to be in charge of cooking dinner quite a lot for her parents. It certainly made me realise just how easy my 16yo son has it! She is also very driven and knows exactly what she wants from life - I have no doubt she'll get it either!
It's hard to balance the demands of running your own private detective agency with being at school, but Mollie manages it with aplomb. She clears up cases with impressive speed and is mature beyond her years. I was pleased to see that there was a little nod part way through the story to the practical difficulties of being a private detective at such a young age, but Mollie manages to overcome this to still get her man in the end.
What's interesting about this plot is that unlike many other books of this ilk, where children take on mysteries and adventures that might be better handled by grown ups, Mollie's cases are, on the whole, 'child-level' problems and are brought to her by other children. She seems to have very limited contact with adults in the context of her work, so I think this may make it easier for child readers to relate to her.
Linda Dobinson was born in Croydon but grew up in Barbados – endless sunshine and never to far from the beach. She has worked in fashion, the motor industry, and been a PA.
In the 90s she picked up her pen and started writing poetry. Her work has appeared in poetry magazines, and for two successive years she had poems selected for the anthologies Southern England and South-West England. Her second collection Encounter reached the top of Amazon’s poetry charts. Since then she has started writing middle grade novels and has discovered that immersing herself in a plot is a great distraction from a pandemic.
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