MURDER AT THE MUSEUM, By Lena Jones, HarperCollins Children’s Books, Jan. 7, 2020, Hardcover, paperback $7.99 (ages 10 and up)
This past September, I shared with followers Agatha Oddly: The Secret Key, the delightful first book in a new series for middle graders. I am happy to announce the second book in the series, Agatha Oddly: Murder at the Museum is just as fun.
In the first book, readers meet 13-year-old Agatha Oddlow, an amateur detective who lives with her father in the Groundskeeper’s Cottage in the middle of London’s Hyde Park. When London’s water supply becomes polluted, Agatha finds herself in the middle of a mystery even England’s top minds can’t solve.
Murder at the Museum opens just before the start of a new school year. Agatha dreams of becoming an agent or Gatekeeper like her late mother. But she has to pass the Guild Trial first.
In the meantime, there’s a mystery to solve.
There’s been a murder at the British Museum, and Agatha thinks there’s more to the story than is being reported.
I’m a big fan of this series. Agatha is exactly the kind of protagonist you want to cheer for. She’s inquisitive, daring and flawed. Her friends are equally as interesting and really add to the overall feel of the story.
Murder at the Museum transports readers to the streets of — and tunnels beneath — London. It’s a delightful mystery that may be a little predictable for adults but is on par for intended readers. There’s one more book in the series, and I can’t wait to find out where author Lena Jones takes Agatha next.
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