Stanley Smartpants and the Mackerel Robberies by Alexander Martin

4 stars from me!

What is there not to like about this super cat based thriller? A mystery to solve, a town full of cats and a cleverly created cat-police force – what can I say, you had me at miaow.

This book is aimed at the young reader and I sincerely hope it will pave the way for the next generation of plot hungry literary sleuths.

A crime has been committed in Cat-Haven-on-Sea and Sargeant Stanley Smartpants and the rest of the delightfully kooky cat-haven cat-police must follow the clues to find the culprit.

Don’t be fooled into thinking this is a simple tale, oh no, a lot of craftsmanship has gone into constructing a town and well defined characters, not to mention a mystery to solve.

I am sure that younger children will enjoy having the book read to them, just as much as young readers will race through the pages independently when they can – giggling at the antics of the cat-detectives – as much as adults will genuinely look forward to following the story too.

Synopsis: Sergeant Stanley Smartpants is the coolest cat detective in town! In the town of Cat-Haven-on-Sea that is. His boss is Chief Inspector Derek Dimwit, and as you might guess he’s not a very bright cat. Together they investigate a series of robberies. At each one of the crime scenes they discover the skeleton of a dead mackerel.

Stanley and his team of cat-detectives, like Jumping Jack (he’s very frisky!) and Marmalade Marmaduke (he just loves his toast and marmalade!), meet many crazy cats and get involved in hilarious situations. But they soon have a prime suspect, Beastly Boris, also known as Yuri Katakov, a former Russian ice-skating champion and part time dishwasher-cat. But is he the criminal-cat?



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