Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a Private Investigator? It’s not as easy as you might think, as twins Alex ad Donna find out when they set up Eye Spy Investigations in an effort to earn some extra cash.
As they search for Kiki, a valuable lap dog who has gone missing, the twins struggle to make sense of the evidence. What is the role of the mysterious man in a fur hat? Are the bikers who meet up at the Starship Café really a gang of dog thieves? And does bag lady Kath know more than she’s letting on?
But as they pursue the truth, Alex and Donna uncover a mystery at the heart of their own family, and suddenly the unanswered questions become more personal. Why will Dad and Nan never speak about their dead mother? And what has Dad got against Holtech, the town’s biggest employer? As family secrets are revealed, can Alex escape the clutches of the man in the fur hat, rescue Donna from peril and find the missing dog?
About the author
Tessa Buckley lives near Southend-on-Sea in Essex with her husband Gwyn, a retired teacher, and her son Patrick. She spent her early childhood in Surrey, then moved to Wimbledon before going to art college where she studied Interior Design. She began her writing career after moving to Essex with her young family, and since then has written extensively on food and nutrition and family history. She is also (when not too busy with writing!) working her way through an Open University history degree. Her first published work was a book about nutritional therapy. Eye Spy is her first novel, and the first in a series about Alex and Donna Macintyre and Eye Spy Investigations.
She is a member of the Society of Authors the Alliance of Independent Authors, and Southend Writers and Artists Network. http://tessabuckley.com/
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I thoroughly enjoyed this contemporary adventure story. It combines a mystery tale – where is Kiki, the missing dog? – with a family drama of secrets and lies. The mystery thread has a touch of the Enid Blyton about it, with a brother and sister pluckily investigating what they perceive to be a crime. And the family drama is much more contemporary, inhabiting an emotional landscape that children of today will all recognise. Parents are often less than truthful with their offspring, thinking to protect them. But children know when things aren’t right. And Alex and Donna know things aren’t right.
I loved the setting in Holcombe Bay, a seaside town that seems like an amalgamation of all the British seaside resorts I know and went to as a child. You can almost hear the seagulls, taste the icecream and feel the sand on the beach beneath your feet.
The writing is accessible and straightforward with a good pace and well-chosen vocabulary. Twins Alex and Donna are as close and close can be but they’re also like chalk and cheese. Alex is reserved and cautious. Donna is outspoken and wears her heart on her sleeve. Readers will identify with and sympathise with them both. And there are some serious social issues covered gently too – I can imagine discussions about homelessness and our treatment of street people after children have read Eye Spy.
All in all, this story comes recommended by us. It’s fun, yet serious too. And it has a really good heart.
Reviewed by Jill Murphy at The Book Bag