A fabulous detective story which pays homage to both The Secret Garden and Sherlock Holmes, with a nod to The Brothers Karamazov. On board the S.S. Mariana in the Bay of Bengal in the autumn of 1892, eleven year old Isobel Petty witnesses a murder. When the captain insists that nobody is missing, Isobel and her new friends realise that they must solve two mysteries: the identity of the victim as well as that of the murderer. It is difficult to be detectives when you have to follow the rules of grown-ups who don’t believe you and don’t understand that there is no time to waste; the young sleuths must solve the case before they get to Port Said, the next port of call.
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