The first cozy mystery novel in a new upper MG/lower YA series.
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About the Author
Sarah Lustig grew up in London and went to school in Westminster, with politicians’ children. Her experiences at school and interest in politics inspired the idea for the Westminster Mysteries series. Mystery in the Palace of Westminster is her debut novel. She has been a book editor for nearly 15 years and now lives in Buckinghamshire, where she spends her time reading, writing and pottering on her balcony garden.
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Theo Duncan is just an ordinary student. Except he also happens to be the son of the Prime Minister, Will Duncan.
When the parliamentary mace is stolen from inside the Houses of Parliament, Theo is determined to help his dad get it back. But he can’t do it alone. And when help is offered, there’s a problem. It comes from the new girl at school, Sammy Jhor, who’s a supporter of the opposition party.
Theo and Sammy form an unlikely team to spy on government officials, sneak through the corridors of Downing Street and pursue the thief through the Palace of Westminster.
But when the evidence points to suspects at the highest levels of government, finding the thief could threaten Will Duncan’s leadership.
Can Theo and Sammy put aside their differences to find the mace – and the thief – before the government is brought to its knees?
Review (No Spoilers)
Welcome back to the blog! Another review today for you.
Mystery in the Palace of Westminster is the first novel in a new middle grade cozy mystery series. The story follows Theo, the son of the Prime Minister, as he attempts to solve a theft that occurred in the Palace of Westminster. With the help of his classmate and newfound friend, Sammy, can Theo solve the mystery and recover the stolen item?
This is a very hard review for me to write, because I didn’t feel any particular way about this novel. It was a standard cozy mystery where the amateur sleuth main character(s) attempt to solve a case before the police do and have a lot of fun and cooky interactions along the way. The fact that Theo and Sammy are only 14 does add a bit of a twist on the genre as the cozy mysteries that I tend to read are usually about a middle-age woman who bakes lol.
The plot is very PG so it is perfectly suited to its target audience of upper middle grade/lower young adult. There are a decent amount of twists and cliffhanger-like chapters that help keep your interest while furthering the complex plot. One of the things that stood out for me in this book particularly was the bittersweet ending. In a middle grade mystery like this, I had expected the author to somehow magically have all problems solved by the end for the sake of a happy ending, but Lustig instead provided a much more realistic ending for her readers, which I appreciated. There’s even a hint for what the next installment is going to be about as a teaser for readers who wish to continue.
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