With his young friend Thomas, and the great detective, Sherlock Holmes for inspiration, William sets out to investigate mysterious happenings in and around Hardleigh Manor, all with a little help from his readers...Can William stop the bicycle thief? Who is causing the sabotage at Hardleigh Hotel? Floods, false trails, enormous exploding marrows and suspects upended in pig swill - all in a day's work for William! Loaded with clue summaries, suspect lists and lots of action, readers can help William and Thomas in their efforts to become great detectives.
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Diana Shaw spent her career teaching in primary schools. Now she divides her time between writing for children and reading to them in schools and bookshops up and down the country. Her first book, 'Septimus Smythe and the Spectre DetectorsA", was published in 2008. She lives in the United Kingdom with her husband, Ben.From School Library Journal:
Gr 3-6-William was once the watchman at Hardleigh Manor, but that was more than 400 years ago. He has continued to keep an eye on things around the manor, which is especially easy now that he is a ghost. When Thomas and his family move in, a bike gets stolen and the hotel floods, and William and Thomas are determined to find out who is behind these and other weird happenings. As they work together to solve the mysteries, they become good friends. Each chapter deals with a different event and includes William's notes on the case, which makes it easier for readers to try and solve the mystery. Word choices reflect the book's British origin, and children will be curious about such things as Skittles and pig swill. The black-and-white spot art is quite funny and surprising. A good choice for readers who like funny mysteries.-Tammy Di Bartolo, Rapides Parish Library, Alexandria, LA α(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Book Description Inside Pocket Publishing, 2012. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111908458151