Dead Good Detectives by Jenny McLachlan | Kids Book Review

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Dead Good Detectives is a super funny and exciting pirate adventure for readers 8+ by author Jenny McLachlan.

Sid Jones loves hanging out in the graveyard with her best friend Zen – they are desperate to see a real-life ghost! But when Sid accidentally summons a 300-year-old pirate from the dead, it opens the door to the Halfway House – a magical inn full of lost souls from across the ages, all trapped there by a sinister landlord.

There are more ghosts than Sid could ever have imagined – and they’re all sure Sid is there to save them – though Sid’s sure there’s been some kind of mistake! But someone else is watching, and they’re not happy about Sid helping the ghosts …

Another epic adventure series from the author of the Land of Roar, with magic, peril, pirates, lots of laughs and LOADS of ghosts!

Take a look at the reviews from our Young Readers for Dead Good Detectives by Jenny McLachlan below ⬇️

Book review from Ellen, aged 13

I had the amazing opportunity to read a book from Kidspot. It’s called Dead Good Detectives and it is written by Jenny McLachlan.

The story begins at a graveyard, where best friends Syd and Zen are playing. Zen leaves and Syd finds a grave that she doesn’t have on her map. A series of events lead her to accidentally letting a pirate ghost called Bones and his pet Parrot Elizabeth out of the halfway house they were residing in. Bones has unfinished business in the living world.

With the help of Syd and Elizabeth the parrot, they embark on a quest to find his lost treasure, while being chased by the evil old Scratch and his dog.

Dead Good Detectives book review

When I started reading this book I couldn’t stop. It was so good!! My favourite character is Elizabeth the Parrot. She was very funny. Dead Good Detectives spans between realms, describing strong bonds between the living and those who have passed onto their next life.

I loved using my imagination for where they went on their quest to find Bones’ treasure.

I would recommend this book for 11- 14 year olds. Thank you Kidspot for giving me the chance to read one of your awesome books!

Book review from Ashling, 12

This is a story about a girl called Sid Jones who accidentally releases the ghost of a pirate called Bones from the sinister Halfway House. Bones, his pirate crew and other ghosts who have something they still need to do before they can move on were trapped in the Halfway House by the mysterious Innkeeper. Only Sid can see Bones, but as soon as Bones steps out of the halfway house he starts fading. Sid must help Bones find his lost treasure before he fades away completely …

I really enjoyed Dead Good Detectives because it was full of mystery and adventure, with lots of twists and turns.

Dead Good Detectives by Anthony Horowitz book review

This book is very funny and entertaining, I especially like Bones’ ghost parrot Elizabeth. I would recommend this book to all crowds but I think children above the age of eight would enjoy it the most because it can be a little tense at times. I was a bit nervous of reading it at first because of the word Dead in the title but there was no need because it was funny, interesting, and an altogether amazing book.

Book review from Tomas, aged 9

This book is about a ghost called Bones trying to find his long lost treasure. Bones is against an Evil Innkeeper and a certain amount of time to find his treasure before he fades into gold dust! Will Bones be able to find his treasure in time?

I really liked this story because it was always a mystery if Bones would find his treasure in time before he turns into Gold dust.

I recommend the book Dead Good detectives for people aged 9-11.

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Book review from Jonathan, 13

Dead Good Detectives by Jenny McLachlan is a book filled with mysteries and surprise. It is set in a place called Fathom (and you can’t quite fathom what will happen next) …

The main character, Sid accidentally summons a 300 year old pirate (and his parrot) and needs to save him by helping him complete his task. In doing this Sid stumbles across a mysterious place called the Halfway House, a place filled to the brim with lost souls, but they are trapped there by a landlord. They need Sid’s help to free them by completing their tasks, however someone wants to stop Sid from doing this.

Dead Good Detectives book review

There are many characters and ghosts to discover, and this is a great read (and not too scary), I really loved reading it. There are so many places that you go to, and has great suspense, even towards the end that leaves you unsure what will happen, until it happens. Overall it is a great book and I hope you enjoy it too.

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Families were provided with a copy of the book for the purposes of the review. Views are those of the reviewers. This article contains information provided by HarperCollins.

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