THE PESKI KIDS: THE MYS­TERY OF THE SQUASHED COCK­ROACH

R.A. Spratt, Puf­fin, $16.99

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This is a yarn to read aloud around the camp­fire, a crowd-pleaser. It blasts off with a frump­ish mum set upon by air­port se­cu­rity — oh, that poor woman. But not a bit of it — she’s up to no good. She goes to prison. Her three chil­dren are de­liv­ered to their dad, a meek man hid­ing out in a coun­try town. The youngest child has been treated with psy­chother­apy, hyp­no­sis and pre­scrip­tion drugs, and now doc­tors have edged away and pushed a de­fence­less dog into the mix. The young­sters op­er­ate as a de­tec­tive team helped by a sul­try young miss who, luck­ily, can pi­lot a he­li­copter. This is Spratt’s sev­en­teenth page-turner — plenty more where this came from.

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