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diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Detective Nosegoode and the Museum Robbery (Book 3)
by Marian Orlon
Age Range: 9-11
This is the third book in the series about Detective Ambrosius Nosegoode and his faithful and remarkable talking dog Cody. This title contains three separate mysteries – Detective Nosegoode and the Museum Robbery; A Game of Chess and The Sad End of the Elusive Hand. They take place earlier than the previous two books before Ambrosius retired and moved to Lower Limewood.
Ashworth has been hit by a crime wave: a gang of robbers are plotting to steal a famous painting by the celebrated Bonaventure Splotch, the local chess club has been burgled and an entire year’s worth of membership fees taken and, as if that wasn’t enough, the notorious pickpocket The Elusive Hand strikes at the celebrations to mark the hundredth anniversary of the founding of Lower Limewood.
Can Detective Nosegoode and Cody solve these crimes? Polish author Marian Ortoń’s witty prose – from Cody’s sarcasm to the delightfully clever names of the characters – Telesphorus Greylag, Mr Fiddlestick and the nicknames of the robbers, doughnut and Beanpole – loses none of its humour due to Eliza Marciniak’s excellent translation into English and together with the atmospheric black and white illustrations by Jerzy Flisak which perfectly capture the humour in the narrative it makes this series a real joy to read.