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Aggie Morton Mystery Queen Series
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First volume in the Aggie Morton Mystery Queen quartet.

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Aggie and Hector find another body in the 2nd book in the acclaimed series!

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2022 Edgar Award Nominee for Best Juvenile by Mystery Writers of America

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WINNER! 2023 Edgar Award for Best Juvenile by Mystery Writers of America

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Illustrations by Isabelle Follath

Audiobook narrated by Sarah English

Published by Penguin Random House

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“I will tell first about making a new friend and save the dead body for later.”
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Aggie Morton, Mystery Queen:
The Body Under the Piano

From the publisher:

A smart and charming middle-grade mystery series starring young detective Aggie Morton and her friend Hector, inspired by the imagined life of Agatha Christie as a child and her most popular creation, Hercule Poirot.

Aggie Morton lives in a small town on the coast of England in 1902. Adventurous and imaginative but deeply shy, Aggie hasn't got much to do since the death of her beloved father . . . until the fateful day when she crosses paths with twelve-year-old Belgian immigrant Hector Perot and discovers a dead body on the floor of the Mermaid Dance Room! As the number of suspects grows and the murder threatens to tear the town apart, Aggie and her new friend will need every tool at their disposal -- including their insatiable curiosity, deductive skills and not a little help from their friends -- to solve the case before Aggie's beloved dance instructor is charged with a crime Aggie is sure she didn't commit.

One of CCBC’s Best Books for Kids and Teens Fall 2020
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One of CBC Books' Best Middle-Grade and Young Adult Books of 2020
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One of the Ontario Library Association's 2020 Best Bets selection (Honourable Mention, Junior Fiction category)
 

PRAISE FOR The Body under the Piano:

“Pure delight—brimming with adventure, mystery and fun. I loved every character, every clue and every page. Now that I know all the answers, I have only one question left: why did this book have to end?” 

– Rebecca Stead, author of Newbery Award winner When You Reach Me

“Finished it at 5:20 am. Truly refreshing -- a tour de force.”

– Gregory Maguire, New York Times bestselling author of Wicked

“I wouldn't be surprised if 12-year-old Aggie Morton and Hector Perot capture the hearts of today's young readers much the way Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys did the kids of my generation.” 

Montreal Gazette

“A robust, witty tale that will catch the attention of many readers.” 

Winnipeg Free Press

“Though mentions of ‘newsies’ and ‘petticoats’ may seem oldfangled, the book’s themes of women’s rights and immigration remain pointedly relevant . . . Aggie Morton can be counted on to reveal the truth — to the delight of middle-grade readers.” 

Quill & Quire

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Illustrations by Isabelle Follath

Audiobook narrated by Sarah English

Published by Penguin Random House

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Available wherever you purchase your e-books.

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Available wherever you purchase your audiobooks.

“My Uncle James was the sort of person who liked having extra children come for Christmas. Not the sort of person who would invite a murderer on purpose.”
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Aggie Morton, Mystery Queen:
Peril at Owl Park

From the publisher:

For young detective Aggie Morton and her friend Hector, Christmas becomes a lot more exciting when a dead body is found in this second book in the Aggie Morton, Mystery Queen series, inspired by the life of Agatha Christie as a child and her most popular creation, Hercule Poirot. For fans of The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency. 

Aspiring writer Aggie Morton is looking forward to Christmas. Having just solved a murder and survived her own brush with death inal her small town of Torquay on the coast of England, Aggie can't wait to spend the holidays with her sister Marjorie, the new Lady Greyson of Owl Park, an enormous manor house in the country; Grannie Jane and her fellow sleuth and partner in crime, Hector Perot. Owl Park holds many delights including Aggie's almost cousin Lucy, exciting and glamorous visitors from Ceylon and disguises aplenty in the form of a group of travelling actors, not to mention a secret passageway AND an enormous, cursed emerald. Not even glowering old Lady Greyson (the Senior) can interfere with Aggie's festive cheer. But when Aggie and her friends discover a body instead of presents on Christmas morning, things take a deadly serious turn. With the help of a certain nosy reporter, Aggie and Hector will once again have to put their deductive skills and imaginations to work to find the murderer on the loose.

Filled with mystery, adventure, unforgettable characters and several helpings of tea and Christmas pudding, Peril at Owl Park is the second book in a new series for middle-grade readers and Christie and Poirot fans everywhere.

One of CBC Books' Best Middle-Grade and Young Adult Books of 2020

PRAISE FOR Peril at Owl Park:

“Aggie’s wit, character and warmth are ever engaging as she matures, and Jocelyn maintains a pleasing pitch of humour, feeling, and historical realities throughout.” – Toronto Star

“Peril at Owl Park is just as engaging and appealing as The Body Under the Piano. Aggie has emerged from her shell while her interests in murder and her creative imagination continue unabated.” – Historical Novel Society

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Illustrations by Isabelle Follath

Audiobook narrated by Sarah English

Published by Penguin Random House

e-book

Available wherever you purchase your e-books.

audiobook

Available wherever you purchase your audiobooks.

“The news that a woman had died three days before our arrival was quite worrying for Mummy.”
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Aggie Morton, Mystery Queen:
The Dead Man in the Garden

From the publisher:

For young detective Aggie Morton and her friend Hector, Christmas becomes a lot more exciting when a dead body is found in this second book in the Aggie Morton, Mystery Queen series, inspired by the life of Agatha Christie as a child and her most popular creation, Hercule Poirot. For fans of The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency. 

Aspiring writer Aggie Morton is looking forward to Christmas. Having just solved a murder and survived her own brush with death inal her small town of Torquay on the coast of England, Aggie can't wait to spend the holidays with her sister Marjorie, the new Lady Greyson of Owl Park, an enormous manor house in the country; Grannie Jane and her fellow sleuth and partner in crime, Hector Perot. Owl Park holds many delights including Aggie's almost cousin Lucy, exciting and glamorous visitors from Ceylon and disguises aplenty in the form of a group of travelling actors, not to mention a secret passageway AND an enormous, cursed emerald. Not even glowering old Lady Greyson (the Senior) can interfere with Aggie's festive cheer. But when Aggie and her friends discover a body instead of presents on Christmas morning, things take a deadly serious turn. With the help of a certain nosy reporter, Aggie and Hector will once again have to put their deductive skills and imaginations to work to find the murderer on the loose.

Filled with mystery, adventure, unforgettable characters and several helpings of tea and Christmas pudding, Peril at Owl Park is the second book in a new series for middle-grade readers and Christie and Poirot fans everywhere.

2022 Edgar Award Nominee for Best Juvenile 

by Mystery Writers of America

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One of CBC Books’ 35 Canadian Middle-Grade Books to Watch Out For, 2021

PRAISE FOR The Dead Man in the Garden:

“Aggie is a great introduction to the ‘real’ Agatha Christie.” – CM Reviews

“This is a cleverly written mystery, and the way the young detectives discuss the clues and their suspicions is a perfect model of problem-solving techniques . . . A fun read for mystery lovers of all ages.” 

Historical Novel Society

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Illustrations by Isabelle Follath

Audiobook narrated by Sarah English

Published by Penguin Random House

e-book

Available wherever you purchase your e-books.

audiobook

Available wherever you purchase your audiobooks.

“The second week of July was full of lovely, mysterious, and ghastly surprises. Plus, one that broke my heart in two.”
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Aggie Morton, Mystery Queen:
The Seaside Corpse

From the publisher:

For young detective Aggie Morton and her friend Hector, an opportunity to dig up fossils becomes even more thrilling when a corpse washes ashore in this fourth book in the Aggie Morton, Mystery Queen series, inspired by the life of Agatha Christie as a child and her most popular creation, Hercule Poirot. For fans of Enola Holmes and ages 10 and up.

After an invigorating but not exactly restful trip to a Yorkshire spa during which she survived a near brush with death and foiled a murderer, aspiring writer Aggie Morton and her friend Hector are thrilled to have the opportunity to stay at a camp by the sea and watch real paleontologists at work. The famed husband and wife team of the Blenningham-Crewes are about to become even more famous with the recovery of the fossilized bones of an ichthyosaur from the sea by Lyme Regis. This news has already caught the attention of an American millionaire, a British museum and a travelling circus owner, who each want the bones for their own collections. Tensions are running high throughout the camp, from the cook, to the collectors, to the Blenningham-Crewes themselves, and become downright dangerous after Aggie and Hector make a discovery of their own: a body on the beach. Not a fossil, but a human body.

WINNER of the 2023 Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Juvenile Mystery!

PRAISE FOR The Seaside Corpse:

“[E]nthralling. . . . [A] good collection of information always goes down better with a good story to hang it on! The Seaside Corpse has both elements in spades, making a winning combination.” – CM Reviews

“Jocelyn is funny without descending to parody. Her control of language is as precise as the rational methods which Agatha and Hector applying to solving mysteries. . . . [T]here is plenty of rewarding material here for readers, young and older, who enjoy informed, literate, and inventive fun.” – Imaginary Elevators

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