Updated: Feb 12, 2021
A fast-paced cosmic mystery which children will love.
Connor and Ethan are spending the summer selling ice-cream on Starville - a human and alien inhabited city orbiting Earth - but they dream of solving inter-galactic crime as space detectives. When they witness a slimy green Tufted Grotsnobbler stealing a human girl's bag, they stumble onto a case far more difficult and dangerous than it first seems. Soon it's not only handbags, but the life of everyone aboard the space-city, at stake.
Connor and Ethan were a lot of fun and readers will instantly warm to them. They have big aspirations and a lot of bravery. They're also very funny.
Malfunctioning suits, cowboy hat wearing aliens and a lot of oddly named cats ensure this story will have readers giggling from start to finish. It's a great opening to what promises to be a fun series for younger mystery fans.
Adeola's artwork brings the story to life and adds another layer of comic detail. I loved his aliens (especially the Snarltoothed Grizloid). The illustrations caught the eye of my daughter as I was reading, who immediately wanted to know what was going on, so I'll definitely be buying a physical copy of this once it's available.
Space Detectives is written by Mark Powers and illustrated by Dapo Adeola
I was provided with an advanced copy for review on NetGalley.