Book Review: The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd

the-london-eye-mysteryWhat’s it about?

When Ted and Kat watched their cousin Salim get on board the London Eye, he turned and waved before getting on. After half an hour it landed and everyone trooped off – but no Salim. Where could he have gone? How on earth could he have disappeared into thin air?

Since the police are having no luck finding him, Ted and Kat become sleuthing partners. Despite their prickly relationship, they overcome their differences to follow a trail of clues across London in a desperate bid to find their cousin. And ultimately it comes down to Ted, whose brain works in its own very unique way, to find the key to the mystery.

My thoughts

My eleven-year-old niece and I bought this book in a local second hand bookshop on Book Shop Day last year.  She read it and then passed it on to me as she’d enjoyed it and I spent a few enjoyable hours over a weekend with it.

If you’ve enjoyed books of the Nancy Drew and Wells and Wong series then you’re likely to enjoy this book too.  A good old caper with a couple of kids investigating a disappearance better than the police can…that kind of thing.  Only this search is aided by Ted’s condition…whether that’s Autism or Asperger’s it’s not actually spelt out, just that he has a differently wired brain!

The books is quite humourous, but of course, it’s probably not meant to be funny as this is just the way Ted is and how he reacts and breaks down social situations that feel alien to him but it’s done in a way that I expect the target audience (I would estimate pre-teen) will understand and empathise with.

I think this is one of the those books where it tells rather than shows; I didn’t feel there were any real clues to pick up on and the book ending will probably annoy regular readers of mystery novels because you at least want a chance to solve the mystery even if you can’t.

At the end of the day the real star of this book isn’t the mystery but Ted!

Book links: Goodreads | Amazon

Author Link: Website

Small print for info
Source:  Purchased (2nd hand book shop)
No of pages: 336
Publisher: Puffin


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10 Comments

  1. 16th February 2017 / 9:23 pm

    I read this aloud a few years back to my kids and we all loved it! Was sad to read the author died young.

  2. 18th February 2017 / 10:26 am

    I had a look on Amazon and it says ages 9 – 11. It sounds as if it would suit some of our children at school in that age range but not the more ‘mature’ ones. I think that’s a hard age group to write for!

    Thanks for linking.
    #ToTT
    x

    • 19th February 2017 / 5:50 pm

      Yes I can imagine it would be, trying to pitch it just right 🙂
      #ToTT

  3. suzanna
    18th February 2017 / 11:02 am

    I’ve never heard of this book but it might be a good choice for my British Books Challenge. Will have to look it up.
    Thanks for the review.
    #ToTT

  4. 18th February 2017 / 4:35 pm

    Ooh this sounds really interesting. Something my younger self would have devoured I think! #ToTT

    • 19th February 2017 / 5:47 pm

      It’s still an enjoyable, simple read for adults too 🙂

  5. David Dean
    20th February 2017 / 8:30 pm

    If you enjoyed the book, be sure to look out for the sequel coming later this year – “The Guggenheim Mystery” by Robin Stevens. I believe Siobhan had always intended there to be a sequel and had come up with the title (the location is sort of set up in the London book) but of course sadly she never had the opportunity to write it. Robin has done a marvellous job of continuing the characters and tone of the original.
    (I illustrated the cover for “The London Eye Mystery” and just last week finished painting the cover for the new book.)

    • 24th February 2017 / 7:49 pm

      Thank you for sharing this! I’ll be sure to look out for it 🙂

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