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Nancy Parker's Diary of Detection

Nancy Parker's Diary of Detection

Published: 3 Mar 2016

Paperback / softback, 256 pages

Recommended for age 9+ and 11+

By Julia Lee

Published by Oxford University Press

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On this day 24th June 1920, I turned fourteen. I plan to have a very exciting future now that I have thrown off the SHACKLES of SCHOOL! A detective is what I would most like to be. I cannot think of any reason why I could not be one.

Except perhaps I am too young. And I don't like blood.

Nancy Parker has recently been engaged in her first position - as a housemaid for the very modern Mrs Bryce.

It's not Nancy's dream job (she'd rather be investigating crimes like they do in her beloved six-penny thrillers) but as Mrs Bryce starts to entertain her new neighbours with lavish parties, it becomes clear that something strange and interesting might be afoot. Local burglaries, a cook with a deep, dark secret - and Mrs Bryce's own glamorous but murky past. Will Nancy solve the mysteries while still keeping on top of her chores?

Narrated part in the third person and part through Nancy's journal.

Tagged crime and diaries