Books for Younguns, Young Adults and the Young-at-Heart

Monday, April 16, 2012

The Great Cake Mystery: Precious Ramotswe's Very First Case

When sweets start to go missing at Precious Ramotswe's school, blame falls on one of her classmates.  But Precious isn't so sure.  And what's an aspiring detective to do but investigate?

The Great Cake Mystery: Precious Ramotswe's Very First Case by Alexander McCall Smith and illustrated by Iain McIntosh is the first No. 1 Ladies' Detective book for beginning readers.

This is an innocent little mystery that will definitely appeal to the Cam Jansen and Encyclopedia Brown fans out there.  Precious is a tough heroine, full of ingenuity.  Her desire to get all the facts before passing judgement and ability to prove her theories to others rather than just asking them to believe her provide nice lessons.  The African setting is educational as well, offering a glimpse of a culture not covered very often in early chapter books.  It also provides an opportunity for the gorgeous woodcut-style illustrations, rendering in striking black and red.  Fans of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency would do well to introduce their children to the series early.

The Great Cake Mystery: Precious Ramotswe's Very First Case is published by Anchor and retails for $6.99 (paperback).  I got my complimentary advance readers copy from the publisher (although this review was not solicited or otherwise compensated).  You can get yours at Left Bank Books today!

Join us Monday, April 16, at Chaminade College Preparatory School at 7:00 p.m. for Maryville Talks Books presents Alexander McCall Smith.  He will be speaking about his new novel, The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection, but many other titles, including The Great Cake Mystery, will be available.  Get your tickets at Brown Paper Tickets.  If you cannot attend, but would like to reserve a signed copy of one of his books, call Left Bank Books at 314-367-6731.

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