The Case of the Claymore Diamond by Daniel Kenney
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The blurb: When the Claymore Diamond is stolen from Ravensburg’s finest jewellery store, Stanley Carusoe gets the bright idea that he and his friends should start a detective agency.
Armed with curiosity and their love for math, Stanley, Charlotte, Gertie and Felix race around town in an attempt to solve the mystery. Along the way, they butt heads with an ambitious police chief, uncover dark secrets, and drink lots of milkshakes at Mabel’s Diner. But when their backs are against the wall, Stanley and his friends rely on the one thing they know best: numbers. Because numbers, they never lie.
Join Stanley and his friends in this smart and funny first mystery in The Math Inspector series, perfect for kids ages 9-12.
My review: I wanted something to read that was quick and easy. Something that held my attention and just took me for a ride, without having to work for it.
I saw this ebook and liked the premise, so decided to give it a try. Maths isn’t my thing and I was a bit concerned that might be an issue, but it wasn’t.
The author kept the pace going. The inspector team worked well together and I enjoyed the humour and the mystery side of the storyline. The book includes some black and white illustrations, which I felt complemented the story, and gave the author’s impression on what the four main characters look like. Again, I have no issue with that.
My only issue is that while the first book is free, the second book costs $6.49 for Australians to purchase, and that is expensive (in my opinion). I refuse to pay that so will be leaving the series here, which is a shame.