Goldie Alexander’s Hedgeburners: An A-Z PI Mystery was inspired by Enid Blyton’s ‘Famous Five’ and she decided to write a contemporary version.

The book is loosely based on a series of actual crimes committed in the recent past where a series of old hedges was burned down by a gang.

The story is told from the point of view Zach Santisi, the reluctant helper of budding detective Anna Simpson.

Anna will stop at nothing to find the truth. Zach is a little less zealous. He’s not into mysteries so much and if he doesn’t get his homework done, he’s at risk of having his beloved breeding birds confiscated.

Zach and Anna are joined in their quest by Zach’s pet rat M, Brett the nerdy journalist and Ruby who wants to be a famous wrestler. It’s the characters and their quirks that add humour to the story.

The problem Zach and Anna face is that just about everyone they come across has a motive and as time goes by, more fires occur and Zach and Anna put themselves in ever increasing danger.

The young detectives are aged 13 and this book will appeal to children aged 10-12 with an interest in mysteries and adventure who enjoy plot twists and turns, and trying to work out whodunnit.

The underlying issues between the adults in the story add another layer to the plot and pave the way for class discussion on a number of topics.

The text is complimented by the clever and lively illustrations of Marjory Gardner. www.marjorygardner.com/

Goldie Alexander is the author of over 60 fiction and non fiction books for adults and children of all ages. You can find out more about her at www.goldiealexander.com

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Dee White

Dee White lives with her husband and two sons in a small rural country town which has more kangaroos than people. She has worked as an advertising copywriter and journalist and has had numerous career changes because until recently, writing wasn’t considered to be a proper job. Letters to Leonardo, her first novel with Walker Books Australia, was published in 2009 to great critical acclaim.