Eleven-year-old ace detective Laura Marlin finds herself deep in the murky world of race-fixing, trickery and horse thieves in her third mystery adventure, following the BLUE PETER AWARD-winning first book DEAD MAN'S COVE.
Laura Marlin's two greatest loves in life are detective novels and animals, so she is ecstatic when her uncle agrees to let her keep a horse after they rescue it, crazed with fear, from an overturned horsebox. But he has a condition. Before he will allow her to adopt it they have to find its former owner, just to ensure that it hasn't been stolen. A visit to Newmarket to investigate the thoroughbred's origins leads Laura to the Kentucky Derby in the US and deep into the murky world of race-fixing.
... a well told story full of excitement and adventure. There is plenty of information about farms and racing to please animal lovers, and a plot which is sufficiently realistic for readers to dream of solving similar mysteries themselves. Fans new and old of Laura Marlin will thoroughly enjoy it, and will be keeping their fingers crossed that Laura will soon be back to beat the bad guys and solve further crimes. - THE BOOK BAG
Lauren St John delivers a fast-moving plot filled with doubles and doppelgangers in this exhilerating read. As always, Laura Marlin makes for a redoubtable heroine who can teach the professionals a thing or two about mystery solving. - BOOKTRUST
The thrills of the Kentucky Derby are at the heart of this exciting new Laura Marlin Mystery. When Laura saves the life of a stolen race horse, the reward for her and her best friend Tariq is a once in a life time trip to say on a farm in the US. But all is not as it should be on the farm and soon Laura is at the heart of a thrilling new mystery which is takes all her tenacity to resolve.11-year-old ace detective Laura Marlin finds herself deep in the murky world of race-fixing in her third mystery adventure, following the Blue Peter award-winning first book DEAD MAN'S COVE. - LOVEREADING4KIDS - Julia Eccleshare
Lauren St John was born in Gatooma, Rhodesia, now Kadoma, Zimbabwe. At 11, she and her family moved to Rainbow's End farm and game reserve, the subject of her acclaimed memoir, and she grew up surrounded by animals, including eight horses, two warthogs and a pet giraffe. After nearly a decade as golf correspondent to The Sunday Times, followed by a sojourn in the US, riding the tour buses of alt. country stars like Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle and the Dixie Chicks, she wrote the bestselling 'White Giraffe' series. 'Dead Man's Cove', the first in her new mystery series about 11-year-old detective, Laura Marlin, won the 2011 Blue Peter Favourite Story and Book of the Year Awards.
Lauren's website is http://laurenstjohn.com/ and you can follow her on Twitter @laurenstjohn