Annabelle Sami & Daniela Sosa
published: 6th February 2020
AGENT ZAIBA INVESTIGATES is a fun, contemporary new series for fans of The Sinclair Mysteries and the Murder Most Unladylike books.
Eleven-year-old Zaiba is obsessed with crime. Her Aunt Fouzia runs a detective agency back in Karachi and has turned Zaiba on to the brilliant Eden Lockett Mysteries. She has every book in the series – and the quilt cover, and the phone case. All she needs now is a crime to solve…
In book one, Zaiba is attending a family Mehndi party at The Grand Royal Star Hotel when she hears that the prized Italian Greyhound of a famous actress has gone missing from the star’s suite. With the help of her best friend and her little brother, the amateur sleuth manages to foil the petnapping plot and save the day.
Galley provided by publisher
Sometimes what you really need to read is a middle-grade mystery story. Good news! Because this is exactly that.
The Missing Diamonds is the first in a new detective series, about Zaiba, a keen crime-solver, her best friend Poppy, and her little brother Ali. While at a hotel for her cousin’s Mehndi party, Zaiba and co. end up embroiled in a mystery when a pop star’s dog goes missing, and with it, diamonds.
The best thing about this book is that it’s just a lot of fun, really. It’s short, covers only a few hours in a day plotwise, and it’s a nice break from heavier plots. The characters are great and, yeah so you can spot the reveal a mile off, it’s an enjoyable mystery (also I prefer mysteries where you can at least follow the evidence and guess who did it. I mean, isn’t that the whole point of them?). If my cousins were still the age where I could shove middle grade books at them, I absolutely would with this one.
So basically, if you want a break from everything, and a quick fun read, this book is the one for you.