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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Detective Nosegoode and the Kidnappers (Book 2)
by Marian Orton
Age Range: 9-11
Cody is now famous. He has made an appearance in a new book Portraits of Extraordinary Dogs. But with Cody’s newfound fame comes danger. When a mysterious letter arrives, inviting Detective Nosegoode to a meeting at the secluded Birch Grove, his investigative instinct cannot resist and he decides to take up the invitation. But when Ambrosius returns home he finds Cody has disappeared. Now the detective realises it was a trap and immediately sets to work using his legendary sleuthing skills to track down the culprits and save his friend. It’s a tricky case to solve though as Ambrosius needs to establish who is sending the mysterious letters and why they have kidnapped Cody. Most importantly of all he must find out where they are hiding him.
This is another fun and exciting adventure in the Detective Nosegoode series. Ortoń’s text is witty and Eliza Marciniak’s excellent translation together with the atmospheric black and white illustrations by Jerzy Flisak really captures the humour in the narrative.