January 27th, 2016 by Karen
Ada and Mary are not the likeliest of friends — but somehow they end up running a secret detective agency together! Why does it have to be secret? Well, Ada is 11 years old and Mary is 14. More importantly, this is 1826 London and they’re both supposed to proper young ladies. But Jordan Stratford’s Wollstonecraft Detective Agency series wouldn’t be very interesting if Mary and Ada actually acted like proper young ladies all the time, now would it?
In real life (outside the book), Ada grows up to be Ada Lovelace, the world’s first female computer scientist, and Mary grows up to be Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein. And sadly, they were not BFFs or underground detectives in reality (that we know of!!!).
But in The Case of the Missing Moonstone (the first book in this series), we get to follow their adventures as they are thrown together to be tutored by the same teacher. At first, they don’t really understand each other: Mary is a model student and an enthusiastic reader, whereas Ada is rambunctious and only into math and science. But before long, they’re besties who form the Wollstonecraft Detective Agency!
And their very first case is a doozy, involving:
- A valuable stolen object
- A false confession
- A visit to prison
- A villain who takes on multiple identities
- A wild chase over land, sea, and air!
Plus, there’s another mystery involving a figure in their own lives!
I recommend this book for readers who like lighthearted mysteries — one of my own personal favorite genres! You’ll especially enjoy this book if you’re a fan of the Theodosia Throckmorton series, the Enola Holmes series, or the Mister Max books. And if you like The Case of the Missing Moonstone, you’re in luck… The second book, The Case of the Girl in Grey, just came out!
What’s your favorite mystery book or series? There are lots of good ones — tell us yours in the comments!
Karen loved Encyclopedia Brown when she was a kid. Now her favorite mystery author is Stuart Gibbs (Belly Up, Spy School, Space Case, etc.).