It’s been so difficult to keep this one a secret – but the news is finally out! Next year my publishers Egmont are releasing Mystery & Mayhem a brand new anthology of mystery stories by twelve children’s authors, including… me!
The other authors featured (our very own Crime Club) include Robin Stevens, who as well as being a fantastic mystery author is also an assistant editor at Egmont, Helen Moss, Elen Caldecott, Frances Hardinge, Clementine Beauvais, Susie Day, Julia Golding, Caroline Lawrence, Helen Moss, Sally Nicholls and Harriet Whitehorn.
The stories are all absolutely fantastic – and I feel very lucky that I’ve already had the chance to read them, to help me write the introduction to the anthology! Here’s a few tantalising hints from some of the authors about what you can expect to find:
My story is called ‘Emily and the Detectives’ & it is part Sherlock Holmes, part Inspector Gadget, all the writing funtimes. #kidscrimeclub
— Susie Day (@mssusieday) October 12, 2015
Fictional notice from my contribution to a forthcoming MG #kidscrimeclub book! @EgmontUK http://t.co/vTlnlnLcZ7 pic.twitter.com/EyO2GZrbx0
— Caroline Lawrence (@CarolineLawrenc) October 12, 2015
My #kidscrimeclub story is rather different to Wells & Wong, but still most mysterious: it features a boy, a hotel and a disappearing body!
— Robin Stevens (@redbreastedbird) October 12, 2015
My story’s a 1920s howdunnit. Can three office boys work out how a thief opened a locked safe? A man’s freedom depends on it. #kidscrimeclub
— Sally Nicholls (@Sally_Nicholls) October 12, 2015
I’ve gone back to the 18th century . . . sneaky sabotage at the peak of the pineapple-growing craze. I had so much fun! #kidscrimeclub
— Helen Moss (@hmadventure) October 12, 2015
My #kidscrimeclub story features Junior Assistant Dog Walker Sid, in search of the truth about how Dazzle escaped. pic.twitter.com/pjkoYVunAN
— Kate Pankhurst (@KateisDrawing) October 13, 2015
As for my own story, it’s a solo adventure for Lil – the Edwardian chorus-girl turned detective who appears in The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow. Lil has already attracted herself a lot of fans, and I had so much fun writing a story from her point of view.
The anthology will be published in May 2016 – stay tuned for more news from the Crime Club!
Read the announcement on the Bookseller website.
Preorder Mystery & Mayhem from Waterstones or Amazon