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In a South American jungle perched precariously above a raging river, a secret Nazi nuclear weapon lies undisturbed inside a long lost airplane.

Its discovery ignites a race to grab the bomb and cover up another terrible secret: a confidential treaty between America, England and Germany. A treaty that would tear apart the NATO Alliance.

The CIA recruits salvage expert Morgan Fox to recover the pilot, the plane and the bomb before enemy agents expose everything and destabilize the region.

Will Morgan and his team recover the plane in time, save NATO and prevent a nuclear explosion that would contaminate the Caribbean?

Only if they can survive countless attacks by a rogue operative bent on fierce revenge... 

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My take. Short, sweet, and heavy on the action verbs.


^^This^^  8)

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The Book Bazaar / Re: Your 'dip into' companion
« on: July 05, 2020, 12:06:21 pm »
Something to Read on the Plane (A Bit of Light Literature, Short Stories & Other Fun Stuff)



REVIEWS
"Should be compulsory reading to keep incorrigible chatterers quiet" - Frequent Flyer.
"Could also be used to ram down their throats" - Flight Attendant.
"The stories about me are hugely exaggerated" - Author's Spouse.
"Shredded drafts of this book line my litter tray. Royalties from this book will go towards proper deodorized litter and reduce complaints about the smell" - Family Cat
"What a relief that will be" - Family Dog.


Review from Amazon
This review is from: Something to Read on the Plane (Kindle Edition)
I downloaded this book in January 2011. I read it a few months later..in between "But Can You Drink The Water?" and "The Breadwinners"... both by same author.
"Something To Read On The Plane" brought smiles, giggles and at times it was pretty obvious to general public around me (reading on my Kindle) that I appeared quite "odd"...attempting to stifle smiles, giggles, keep a straight face... I failed!
Watch out for the "in laws in a safari park!" The full story relating to the "in laws" is in "But Can You..."
I didn't intend to plug/promote two books in one posting...couldn't help it... Jan has a wonderful way of expressing characters, details and humour... and it works!
Caain

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If I was doing a quick scroll through titles I think "She Vowed Revenge" would put me in mind of a romance.
The sub title reads a bit like non-fiction.
Maybe you could give us the blurb and we could work round that. :)

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Well, I'm in the UK so yes, it does. If I go to Amazon.com by simply putting it into the address bar, it says 'go away; you're English. You don't belong here' - I have to go via the bookshelf if I want to look at the .com site or any of the others. I use this method to get onto the Australian site because my daughter lives there and I can order stuff to have sent to her.

I go .UK from my Bookshelf on my KDP account. I then click on my name and all my books show up with their UK prices.  :) I've also had the email.

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Short stories for the fireside (or wherever you have your e-reader). A diverse variety of humour, historical, murder, ghost, sentimental, adventure, and even a bit naughty - there is sure to be something to entertain you. There are even two BONUS read-aloud stories for children.




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I go to my bookshelf, to view book and click on the relevant site underneath. I can get all over the world like that.

I do the same as I'm also registered on .com. Once you are on a book on .UK if you click on your name all your books come up with the UK prices.

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Bheki is small for his age and is bullied by the bigger boys in his African village, but his magic light wins him friends and respect - until the light begins to fade. Join Bheki on his life-changing journey to bring power back to the magic light. Perfect for teaching children about science, other cultures, and self-worth.



Bheki and the Magic Light was first published by Penguin Books SA.

Now also in paperback. Ideal for teaching children about science, self worth and other cultures.

Review
The high quality of writing and artwork make this book a treasure. It accomplishes what the best children�s books do: It tells a compelling story while providing many educational details.
Review
As a teacher in the classroom you are always looking for unique ways to teach children things, and especially things that don't compartmentalise but link multiple subjects together, and this book does just this, so much more than just an interesting tool to use in science class!

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The Book Bazaar / Re: The Breadwinners (A Family Saga)
« on: June 23, 2020, 10:25:47 am »
It is New Year's Eve 1924 and the fiery and volatile Charles McGill is devastated when the woman he loves announces her engagement to the mild-mannered Lucas Connelly, his friend and co-worker. Charles drowns his sorrow in drink and seduces Hilde Richter, the spinster daughter of a wealthy businessman.



When Hilde finds she is pregnant her desperate father offers to set up the penniless Charles with his own bakery if he will marry her. Charles readily agrees and, unknown to Hilde, the two men draw up a contract. It is the beginning of a bitter rivalry between Charles and Lucas, and their vengeful former employer, Miles Davenport. A rivalry that fractures families, tests love and loyalty, and comes at a cost that Charles could never have imagined.

The Breadwinners covers six tumultuous decades and leads us through the ruthless and cutthroat business dealings of the three families as they survive the great depression, the war years, the isolation of South Africa and the advent of company takeovers.

If you like historical fiction set in exotic locations, and enjoy authors such as Barbara Taylor Bradford, Catherine Gaskin and Belva Plain then grab a copy of The Breadwinners

REVIEW
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I originally downloaded this as a sample but had to purchase it as soon as I got to the end.

I've always loved a good multi-generational saga and read a lot of them back in the 70s and 80s. I'm glad I jumped back into the genre with The Breadwinners.

The story follows three families with bakeries in South Africa. There is intense rivalry, some of it caused by love or lack thereof, and others by revenge. There are enough twists and backstabbing, love and lust, functional families and dysfunctional families to keep the story moving right along and the author wound up the storylines so that I could see how the families would continue on.

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In a women's world a man's rules are often sabotaged.



When 40-year-old former US navy officer Adam Wild takes up the position of head teacher at St Mary's Academy for Girls in England, he knows he'll have his work cut out for him. But what he doesn't realise is that his greatest challenge will be in managing the all-female staff.

Jenna feels the position should have been hers and undermines his attempts to reform the troubled school. Barbara (Babs) sees him as a romantic challenge, but Lisa, his confidante, believes she knows where his heart truly lies.

Adam's strict new rules, handsome appeal and sometimes cavalier approach set him on a collision course with those determined, for one reason or another, to undermine his attempts to reform the troubled school. Among them, a contingent of sullen and rebellious students who set out to manipulate and embarrass him in ways that only teenage girls can.
 
Still recovering from the tragic loss of his wife and two young children in a car crash, Adam is not in the market for new romance. But that does not prevent him from becoming the target of several predatory, repressed, or love-hungry libidos. His virile presence acts as a catalyst that upsets the entrenched order and stability of the school world, and proceeds to pull more than one dark, scandalous secret into the light ... in the process forcing Adam to face his own buried skeletons. And then Nicole, his late wife's kid sister returns from Africa - and she is hiding secrets of her own...

Intrigue, scandal and suspense simmer beneath the surface of this light-hearted and humour-peppered romance, where one man's influence on a school full of wayward girls and their teachers changes their lives in ways none of them would imagine - and eventually his own.

Winner of the best Chick Lit/Women's Lit category in the 2015 eFestival of Words

If you enjoy feel-good stories then don't miss this enjoyable read.

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A charming animal detective story for ages 7-12 (and fun for parents to read to younger children)



"When Mr Woodland Mouse mysteriously disappears, Constable Mole is quick to enlist the help of Leon Chameleon, Private Investigator, to help track down the missing mouse.
After organising a search, Leon finds that Mr Woodland Mouse has been taken captive - and there is only one creature in the valley that can spring the captured mouse from his prison. But just when Leon thinks Mr Woodland Mouse is safely on his way home, the plan goes horribly wrong..."

Recipient of the 2013 Kart Kids Book List Award

All the animal details of food, habits, and lifestyle are true to nature (apart from Constable Mole's sunglasses!) and the animals solve the crimes using their own natural abilities. Children will absorb much knowledge of the small creatures of Africa without being aware of it.

A section of interesting facts has been added to this second detective story in the Leon Chameleon PI series. It provides valuable and little-known information on chameleons, moles and other creatures featured in the story.

Beautifully illustrated, this humorous detective story will leave children spellbound.


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Follow the hilarious lives of the naive Turner family as they emigrate from Liverpool to sunny South Africa. Laugh out loud as they encounter 'crocodiles' on the wall, strange African customs and unintelligible Afrikaans accents. Cringe with them as their visiting in-laws embarrass them in front of their new SA friends.



ABNA semi finalist. Publisher's Weekly reviewer: With a droll, witty, utterly British voice, this manuscript tackles playfully and sincerely the age-old fish out of water tale. What sustains this book, however, is the narrative voice, the dry and self-deprecating humor, and the ability of this author to tell a story simply and well


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The Book Bazaar / Re: Mystery at Ocean Drive (MG action adventure)
« on: June 14, 2020, 11:23:49 am »
A determined teenage boy and his friends set out to rescue a kidnapped girl and find themselves in a race against time to prevent an international crime.




Jason is delivering newspapers on his motorbike when a Mercedes sweeps out of a driveway in front of him. He loses control of his scrambler and almost ends up under the car's wheels. An attractive teenage girl leaps out to ask if he is hurt, but before Jason can reply the girl is bundled back into the Mercedes and driven off.

Jason's instincts warn him that the girl is in trouble.

The following day he sees her in an upstairs window, but when he asks to speak to her he is told that there is no young girl living there. Why?

Jason is not about to give up and he enlists the help of his friends, Mark and David. Together they make a daring attempt to learn the girl's identity, but just as it seems to be working, things go horribly wrong...
Has Jason's intriguing mystery now put all three boys in danger?"

Available in KU and also available in PAPERBACK.

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When Mrs Canary's eggs mysteriously disappear, a frantic Mr Canary dashes straight off to the Pigeon Valley Police for help. Unfortunately, Sergeant Loerie and Constable Mole's hasty attempts to make an arrest lead them to the wrong suspects. Leon Chameleon PI, who has quietly kept an eye on developments, decides it is time to step in and offer his services,  after all, isn't he the best Private Eye in Pigeon Valley? He puts all his skills to work and finds vital clues which Loerie had overlooked. Now a daring plan is needed to trap the suspects and bring them before Spotted Eagle Owl's Court, where Leon springs his final surprise.




Janet Hurst-Nicholson draws on the habits and characteristics of the small creatures living in Pigeon Valley, Durban, to create a thrilling detective story. Barbara McGuire's illustrations capture the story's humour, while portraying the animals as they really are.

The book is peppered with humour and the courtroom scene is particularly appealing.
Lindsay Ord , The Daily News.

Admirably, all the animal details (of food, habits, lifestyle) are true to nature, apart from Mole's dark glasses! Children reading this will absorb much knowledge of our local small wildlife.
Jay Heale - Bookchat.

What I like about this book is that all the small creatures involved are part of our South African animal world, and the author has gone to great pains making sure that all details of their lifestyle are correct.
Jay Heale - Soundbox Radio South Africa.

While reading this amusing, well-written book you will meet all kinds of interesting animal-people. A good, recommended read.
Brenda Thomson,The Sunday Tribune.

Plenty of illustrations add to the appeal of this clever, amusing story and will particularly suit children aged between 8 and 10 years.
Joy Cameron Dow, Radio South Africa Talking of Books.

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The Book Bazaar / Re: The Race (an inspiring story for left-handers)
« on: June 13, 2020, 02:00:15 am »
If you have a left-handed child this would be the ideal time to learn about any problems they are facing in the home due to being left-handed.  :)



Vicky's Granddad has died and her Gran is coming for a visit. Vicky wants to cheer her up by embroidering a cushion as a gift, but because Vicky is left-handed she struggles to learn how to sew. She decides that winning a race in the school sports might be a better idea -- but can she do it, especially when Graham threatens to spoil all her plans?

The story highlights some of the challenges faced by left-handers.



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The Book Bazaar / Re: The perils of video conferencing and chats
« on: June 12, 2020, 09:11:24 am »
I'm still seeing some weird facial expressions from people who have the camera too close, or at an odd angle.  ::) Video and Zoom conferencing are going to be the thing of the future. Make sure you are ahead of the game.


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The Book Bazaar / Re: Your 'dip into' companion
« on: May 27, 2020, 08:57:12 am »
Something to Read on the Plane (A Bit of Light Literature, Short Stories & Other Fun Stuff)



REVIEWS
"Should be compulsory reading to keep incorrigible chatterers quiet" - Frequent Flyer.
"Could also be used to ram down their throats" - Flight Attendant.
"The stories about me are hugely exaggerated" - Author's Spouse.
"Shredded drafts of this book line my litter tray. Royalties from this book will go towards proper deodorized litter and reduce complaints about the smell" - Family Cat
"What a relief that will be" - Family Dog.


Review from Amazon
This review is from: Something to Read on the Plane (Kindle Edition)
I downloaded this book in January 2011. I read it a few months later..in between "But Can You Drink The Water?" and "The Breadwinners"... both by same author.
"Something To Read On The Plane" brought smiles, giggles and at times it was pretty obvious to general public around me (reading on my Kindle) that I appeared quite "odd"...attempting to stifle smiles, giggles, keep a straight face... I failed!
Watch out for the "in laws in a safari park!" The full story relating to the "in laws" is in "But Can You..."
I didn't intend to plug/promote two books in one posting...couldn't help it... Jan has a wonderful way of expressing characters, details and humour... and it works!
Caain


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1.   A 'Tail' of Woe.
Frank planned a quiet afternoon of model aeroplane building. But unfortunately he failed to take his father-in-law into account.
2.   Proof of the Pudding.
The residents of Ladysmith were eager to escape before the town was besieged. Albert Swinbourne, however, had other plans.
3.   The Tryst
He tried nibbling her ear. He wasn't sure whether he should be licking, nibbling, or kissing it. Even after re-watching a movie he still hadn't been able to make out the exact technique.
4.   One Little Pig Stayed at Home.
When the young troopie was offered room and board in exchange for some light work, he thought his luck had changed.
5.   The Secret.
Jenny wasn't expecting to meet an old school friend, especially one who would revive memories best forgotten.
6.   Flypast.
As the Spitfire soared into the air Bill wanted to impress his grandson, but would the old man's nerves hold out?
7.   A Matter of Convenience
Family holidays were not the happy events they had once been, especially now that Walter's bladder had become a liability.
8.   The Letter.
The two buddies were living and working together out in the sticks, and they were beginning to set each other's teeth on edge. Then one of them made a very weird suggestion.../i]
9.   Night Noises.
Strange, the fascination and peculiar power of a man's imagination; the terrors the silent darkness can hold. And who knows the tormented imaginings of those who have been led down the deep dark path of insanity...?
10.   Reluctant Reunion
Pauline's old school-friend, a slim, glamorous divorcee - who just happened to be an old flame of Pauline's husband - was coming home to Liverpool to visit. Pauline wasn't looking forward to it one bit.
11.   Poste Haste.
Frank heaved a sigh of relief when his wife's relatives went home. Little did he know his troubles were just beginning.
12.   The Waiting Chalice
The she-fox had been biding her time. Finally the wait was over.
13.   Grandfather's Dream
Sipho set out to fulfil his Grandfather's dream, and in doing so learnt the power of imagination.
14.   Light's Out
Tom enjoyed his job, even if it was a bit boring and predictable. He liked the routine, and today was going to be just another ordinary day...
15.   Family Ties
Mavis had been so sure of where her heart lay, but now 'home' had a new definition.
TWO BONUS READ-ALOUD STORIES FOR CHILDREN
16.   The Worried Little Christmas Tree
The little plastic Christmas tree thought no one wanted him, until he found an unexpected home.
17.   Waldo and the Leather Thing
Waldo didn't want to wear anything round his neck, but he soon found the importance of wearing a collar.
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Bheki is small for his age and is bullied by the bigger boys in his African village, but his magic light wins him friends and respect - until the light begins to fade. Join Bheki on his life-changing journey to bring power back to the magic light. Perfect for teaching children about science, other cultures, and self-worth, as well as being an exciting adventure story.



Review by a teacher.

This was a well-rounded story, taking a simple science idea (electricity) and turning it into something so much more! Yes in this story children will learn about electricity and how it works, in a simple and child-friendly and appropriate way, I also appreciated that safety issues were discussed, but they will also learn about believing in yourself and that you don't need "things" to make you special, you have your own unique qualities and strengths that make you special just as you are. As a teacher in the classroom you are always looking for unique ways to teach children things, and especially things that don't compartmentalise but link multiple subjects together, and this book does just this, so much more than just an interesting tool to use in science class!

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The Book Bazaar / Re: The Breadwinners (A Family Saga)
« on: May 22, 2020, 07:18:22 am »
It is New Year's Eve 1924 and the fiery and volatile Charles McGill is devastated when the woman he loves announces her engagement to the mild-mannered Lucas Connelly, his friend and co-worker. Charles drowns his sorrow in drink and seduces Hilde Richter, the spinster daughter of a wealthy businessman.



When Hilde finds she is pregnant her desperate father offers to set up the penniless Charles with his own bakery if he will marry her. Charles readily agrees and, unknown to Hilde, the two men draw up a contract. It is the beginning of a bitter rivalry between Charles and Lucas, and their vengeful former employer, Miles Davenport. A rivalry that fractures families, tests love and loyalty, and comes at a cost that Charles could never have imagined.

The Breadwinners covers six tumultuous decades and leads us through the ruthless and cutthroat business dealings of the three families as they survive the great depression, the war years, the isolation of South Africa and the advent of company takeovers.

If you like historical fiction set in exotic locations, and enjoy authors such as Barbara Taylor Bradford, Catherine Gaskin and Belva Plain then grab a copy of The Breadwinners

REVIEW
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I originally downloaded this as a sample but had to purchase it as soon as I got to the end.

I've always loved a good multi-generational saga and read a lot of them back in the 70s and 80s. I'm glad I jumped back into the genre with The Breadwinners.

The story follows three families with bakeries in South Africa. There is intense rivalry, some of it caused by love or lack thereof, and others by revenge. There are enough twists and backstabbing, love and lust, functional families and dysfunctional families to keep the story moving right along and the author wound up the storylines so that I could see how the families would continue on.



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In a women's world a man's rules can easily be sabotaged.



When 40-year-old former US navy officer Adam Wild takes up the position of head teacher at St Mary's Academy for Girls in England, he knows he'll have his work cut out for him. But what he doesn't realise is that his greatest challenge will be in managing the all-female staff.

Jenna feels the position should have been hers and undermines his attempts to reform the troubled school. Barbara (Babs) sees him as a romantic challenge, but Lisa, his confidante, believes she knows where his heart truly lies.

Adam's strict new rules, handsome appeal and sometimes cavalier approach set him on a collision course with those determined, for one reason or another, to undermine his attempts to reform the troubled school. Among them, a contingent of sullen and rebellious students who set out to manipulate and embarrass him in ways that only teenage girls can.
 
Still recovering from the tragic loss of his wife and two young children in a car crash, Adam is not in the market for new romance. But that does not prevent him from becoming the target of several predatory, repressed, or love-hungry libidos. His virile presence acts as a catalyst that upsets the entrenched order and stability of the school world, and proceeds to pull more than one dark, scandalous secret into the light ... in the process forcing Adam to face his own buried skeletons. And then Nicole, his late wife's kid sister returns from Africa - and she is hiding secrets of her own...

Intrigue, scandal and suspense simmer beneath the surface of this light-hearted and humour-peppered romance, where one man's influence on a school full of wayward girls and their teachers changes their lives in ways none of them would imagine - and eventually his own.

Winner of the best Chick Lit/Women's Lit category in the 2015 eFestival of Words

If you enjoy feel-good stories then don't miss this enjoyable read.

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A charming animal detective story for ages 7-12 (and fun for parents to read to younger children)



"When Mr Woodland Mouse mysteriously disappears, Constable Mole is quick to enlist the help of Leon Chameleon, Private Investigator, to help track down the missing mouse.
After organising a search, Leon finds that Mr Woodland Mouse has been taken captive - and there is only one creature in the valley that can spring the captured mouse from his prison. But just when Leon thinks Mr Woodland Mouse is safely on his way home, the plan goes horribly wrong..."

Recipient of the 2013 Kart Kids Book List Award

All the animal details of food, habits, and lifestyle are true to nature (apart from Constable Mole's sunglasses!) and the animals solve the crimes using their own natural abilities. Children will absorb much knowledge of the small creatures of Africa without being aware of it.

A section of interesting facts has been added to this second detective story in the Leon Chameleon PI series. It provides valuable and little-known information on chameleons, moles and other creatures featured in the story.

Beautifully illustrated, this humorous detective story will leave children spellbound.

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Follow the hilarious lives of the naive Turner family as they emigrate from Liverpool to sunny South Africa. Laugh out loud as they encounter 'crocodiles' on the wall, strange African customs and unintelligible Afrikaans accents. Cringe with them as their visiting in-laws embarrass them in front of their new SA friends.



ABNA semi finalist. Publisher's Weekly reviewer: With a droll, witty, utterly British voice, this manuscript tackles playfully and sincerely the age-old fish out of water tale. What sustains this book, however, is the narrative voice, the dry and self-deprecating humor, and the ability of this author to tell a story simply and well

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The Book Bazaar / Re: Mystery at Ocean Drive (MG action adventure)
« on: May 20, 2020, 01:59:08 am »
A determined teenage boy and his friends set out to rescue a kidnapped girl and find themselves in a race against time to prevent an international crime.




Jason is delivering newspapers on his motorbike when a Mercedes sweeps out of a driveway in front of him. He loses control of his scrambler and almost ends up under the car's wheels. An attractive teenage girl leaps out to ask if he is hurt, but before Jason can reply the girl is bundled back into the Mercedes and driven off.

Jason's instincts warn him that the girl is in trouble.

The following day he sees her in an upstairs window, but when he asks to speak to her he is told that there is no young girl living there. Why?

Jason is not about to give up and he enlists the help of his friends, Mark and David. Together they make a daring attempt to learn the girl's identity, but just as it seems to be working, things go horribly wrong...
Has Jason's intriguing mystery now put all three boys in danger?"

Available in KU and also available in PAPERBACK.

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When Mrs Canary's eggs mysteriously disappear, a frantic Mr Canary dashes straight off to the Pigeon Valley Police for help. Unfortunately, Sergeant Loerie and Constable Mole's hasty attempts to make an arrest lead them to the wrong suspects. Leon Chameleon PI, who has quietly kept an eye on developments, decides it is time to step in and offer his services,  after all, isn't he the best Private Eye in Pigeon Valley? He puts all his skills to work and finds vital clues which Loerie had overlooked. Now a daring plan is needed to trap the suspects and bring them before Spotted Eagle Owl's Court, where Leon springs his final surprise.
Janet Hurst-Nicholson draws on the habits and characteristics of the small creatures living in Pigeon Valley, Durban, to create a thrilling detective story. Barbara McGuire's illustrations capture the story's humour, while portraying the animals as they really are.

The book is peppered with humour and the courtroom scene is particularly appealing.
Lindsay Ord , The Daily News.

Admirably, all the animal details (of food, habits, lifestyle) are true to nature, apart from Mole's dark glasses! Children reading this will absorb much knowledge of our local small wildlife.
Jay Heale - Bookchat.

What I like about this book is that all the small creatures involved are part of our South African animal world, and the author has gone to great pains making sure that all details of their lifestyle are correct.
Jay Heale - Soundbox Radio South Africa.

While reading this amusing, well-written book you will meet all kinds of interesting animal-people. A good, recommended read.
Brenda Thomson,The Sunday Tribune.

Plenty of illustrations add to the appeal of this clever, amusing story and will particularly suit children aged between 8 and 10 years.
Joy Cameron Dow, Radio South Africa Talking of Books.
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I'd say it's extremely unlikely.

Do they even know about it?  ::) Has anyone requested it?  :D

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