Irvin Vella In­ves­ti­gatur Virt­wali: Il-Kaz tas-Serqiet Strambi

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Irvin is in­spired from Mr Bonello’s favourite de­tec­tives in lit­er­a­ture and movies, such as Fatty from Enid Bly­ton’s The Five Find-Outers; Peter Falk’s De­tec­tive Columbo; Raymond Chan­dler’s Philip Mar­lowe and Jupiter Jones from Al­fred Hitch­cock’s The Three In­ves­ti­ga­tors.

“All of th­ese sources some­how con­trib­uted to Irvin’s char­ac­ter,” Mr Bonello said, quip­ping that there are no au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal traits in the de­tec­tive apart from a “calm and de­ter­mined” ap­proach to events.

The re­sult is a who­dunit full of hid­den clues, ac­tion, sus­pense and a good dose of hu­mour. The book is il­lus­trated by in­ter­na­tion­ally-renowned artist Lisa Fal­zon who uses black and white in­ci­sive draw­ings to cap­ture the in­ves­tiga­tive mood bril­liantly.

Mr Bonello is an award-win­ning au­thor of fan­tasy nov­els for young adults and adults. His Il-Logħba talAl­lat tril­ogy has a sig­nif­i­cant cult fol­low­ing, and two books in the tril­ogy won him the Best Young Adult Fic­tion Award at the Na­tional Book Awards. His fan­tasy novel for adults, Fil-Mergħat tal-Im­pos­sib­bli, and its re­cent se­quel Jien, wieħed minnhom have been an un­prece­dented hit. His Irvin Vella nov­els mark his first foray into chil­dren’s lit­er­a­ture, and fol­low­ing the suc­cess of the first book, he is al­ready hard at work on the next episodes in the se­ries, due for 2017 and 2018.

‘Irvin Vella: Il-Kaz tas-Serqiet Strambi’ is avail­able from all book­shops or on­line di­rectly from www.mer­lin­pub­lish­

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