When Piotr’s father is suspected of having stolen celebrity actor Betty Massino’s diamond necklace, the boy’s world seems to fall apart. For Piotr, the UK is home, but his father is fed up of being treated with suspicion simply because he is Polish. He is suspended from his job as a security guard, though he has not officially been charged with the crime because no incriminating evidence has been found. Yet, Piotr’s parents have made their minds up. They’re going back ‘home’ to Poland.
Piotr is horrified by the idea. When he tells his friends that he is moving to Poland forever, they know that the only way they can prevent Piotr’s family from leaving is by proving conclusively that Piotr’s father is innocent.
And so, the Marsh Road investigators begin to look for clues. They interview suspects and take notes. With Piotr’s tickets booked, solving the mystery of the diamond necklace has never been more urgent!
I enjoyed so much about the book – the diversity of characters, the light humour and the twists in the plot. I like how the characters are developed with their own quirks, and how friendships blossom.
As I read Diamonds and Daggers, I also kept thinking about another mystery story I read not so long ago – Dead Man’s Cove by Lauren St. John. The fun of a mystery (for those who love Enid Blyton’s timeless detectives), child investigators, suspense and urgency – they’re all there in Diamonds and Daggers!
|Title||Diamonds and Daggers|
|Rating (out of 5)||3.5|
(Another book by Elen Caldecott that I enjoyed – Operation Eiffel Tower)