The Marshmallow Hammer Detective Agency: The Mysterious Case of the Golden Egg by Ernie Lindsey
Author: Ernie Lindsey
Published: 11th October 2013
Source: E-ARC from Netgalley for my honest review
The sudden and unexpected arrival of a mysterious package interrupts Hat Tintersmoot's twelfth birthday. Where did it come from? Who left it? Once she discovers that the small cardboard box is a gift from her Grandpa Gordon, the mystery deepens...considering the fact that he passed away three years ago. The handwritten note reads, "Inside this box is an impossible mystery that only the purest of hearts can ever hope to uncover. Solve it, and you will discover the answer to one of the greatest secrets ever." It's another perfect job for the owner of The Marshmallow Hammer Detective Agency. With the help of a new best friend, and her first official employee, Hat must uncover the truth behind five nearly impossible clues in order to find the answer. The Mysterious Case of the Golden Egg is a heartwarming tale full of riddles, puzzles, and thoughtful messages about life, love, and happiness.
This book follows Hat (Halcyone Acasia Tintersmoot) and her detective business, The Marshmallow Detective Agency. On her twelfth birthday, Hat receives a mysterious parcel from her grandfather who had died a few years before, and is sent on a wonderful journey, learning life lessons and solving her toughest mystery so far!
The characters in this book are fantastic! They each have their own little quirks, which probably seem even quirkier as the book is in the point of view of a twelve year old girl. I loved that the book was not only a fun story, but also gave little life lessons that were given in a way that is easily accessible and understandable for everyone!
The mysteries were both very difficult and confoundingly simple. I figured out the answers to some of them but for others I was left scratching my head. The clues were a lot of fun and it made me wish I'd had a detective grandfather leave me a mystery like this!
The book is a wonderful middle grade novel. It has fun, friendship, and some fabulous mysteries! Frank and Hat work wonderfully together and their relationship (both the good and bad parts) are completely real. It is perfect for all ages and is a book I'm putting on my for-the-future-kids list!