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Agent Zaiba Investigates by Annabelle Sami

Genre: Children Fiction
Publisher: Stripes Publishing
Rating: 4/5
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About The Book

Determined to be the world’s greatest detective, Zaiba is always on the lookout for a crime to solve. She knows everything there is to know about running an investigation – in theory…
At her cousin’s Mehndi party, Zaiba gets her first challenge: to discover the identity of the VIP staying at the same hotel. With the help of her best friend Poppy and brother Ali, Zaiba puts her sleuthing skills to the test. And when the celebrity’s precious dog disappears, along with its priceless diamond collar, it’s up to the trio to save the day!


My Thoughts

This is a book for the young ones, but if you love a good mystery, I am sure that no matter your age you’ll love this book!
First of all, I want to say thanks to Stripes Books to give me this book proof, it’s out of my comfort zone, but I loved the idea of a young girl British Pakistani. I am so glad that the young ones can start reading about different cultures on their books and that the main character is not always a boy! I loved mysteries when I was young, but the main character was always a boy and quite old compared to me, this is perfect for the ones that are starting to read!
This is a complex and interesting story, with some clues for the little readers to discover the mystery before Zaiba knows who stole the missing diamonds! But this story is much more than a simple mystery, is an insight to a Mehndi party, a pre-wedding celebration in Hindu and Sikh culture where the bride has the red-orange Mehndi “stain” applied to her palms, back of hands, and feet. The three friends Zaiba, Poppy and Ali (Zaiba’s little brother) will investigate this case as true detectives overtaking their worst fears and facing the consequences when they know they behaved badly.
There’s also some mystery with Zaiba’s mother, how did she die? Was she also a detective? This will make any little one eager to know more about it and search for the new story of Zaiba, which I really hope we will not have to wait much! And of course the illustrations created by Daniela Sosa will make the little one to make the story more real. There are some activities at the end of the book, to keep the waiting less painful and the little readers understand more the story.
I am really happy to have discovered this series, I’ll introduce it to my little one soon, mystery books are the best ones, don’t you think?


About The Author

Annabelle Sami is a writer and performer. She grew up next to the sea on the south coast of the UK and then moved to London, where she now lives. She studied English Literature and Drama and undertook an MA in English Literature at Queen Mary University. When she isn’t writing she enjoys playing saxophone in a band with her friends, performing live art and swimming in the sea.
Daniela Sosa is originally from Romania, but now lives in Cambridge and is completing a master’s degree in children’s book illustrations at the Cambridge School of Art. She loves to travel, which is where she gets a lot of her inspiration from.