From the author of Beetle Boy comes a high-speed, rip-roaring yarn of mystery and adventure set on the last journey of the royal train, The Highland Falcon.
Winner of the British Book Awards Children's Fiction Book of the Year 2021
Adventures on Trains is a major mystery series from the prize-winning M.G. Leonard and Sam Sedgman. First stop, The Highland Falcon Thief, a breathless train journey full of deceptions, puzzles and clues to solve.
Harrison Beck is reluctantly joining his travel-writer Uncle Nat for the last journey of the royal train, The Highland Falcon. But as the train makes its way to Scotland, a priceless brooch goes missing, and things are suddenly a lot more interesting. As suspicions and accusations run high among the passengers, Harrison begins to investigate and uncovers a few surprises along the way. Can he solve the mystery of the jewel thief and catch the culprit before they reach the end of the line?
Hear whispers in the dining car, find notes in the library, and unknown passengers among the luggage as you help Harrison to solve the mystery aboard one of the world's grandest trains. Fast-paced and packed with illustrations and clues, Adventures on Trains is a stop you won't want to miss!
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 272 g
Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 24 mm
'This brilliant detective story captures the romance of steam…a first-class book.' - The Daily Telegraph
'With the Highland Falcon Thief, M. G. Leonard and Sam Sedgman bring the classic mystery on a train bang up to date with a carriage-load of wit and suspense.' - Ross Welford, author of Time Travelling with a Hamster
'A thrill-ride of a mystery, guaranteed to be one of the most fun, atmospheric page turners of 2020.' - Lauren St John, author of Kat Wolfe Investigates
'A super-fun middle-grade mystery with steam-trains and samoyeds. I loved it!' - Peter Bunzl, author of Cogheart
'A fabulous fast-paced ride, packed with clues, illustrations and intrigue.' - Bookseller
'Loved every page of this wild madcap delightful ride of a book! Cracking characters, page-turningly pacey, hilarious and nail-biting in turns . . . glorious. It's going to be a smash hit.' - Liz Hyde, author of Bearmouth
'Mysteries on trains - what's not to love? This absolutely rips along, perfect for the railhead child in your life!' - Ross Montgomery, author of Perijee and Me
'I have a station announcement: their collaboration is a chuffing triumph. Fans of Agatha Christie, or, more recently, Robin Stevens and Katherine Woodfine, should adore this mystery which makes a steam trail all of its own.' - Alex O'Connell, The Times Children's Book of the Week
'A runaway romp of a read.' - Piers Torday, author of The Lost Magician
'Like Murder on the Orient Express but better . . . a terrific read!' - Frank Cottrell Boyce, author of Millions
'Written with a real deftness of touch, I loved this thrilling mystery and can't wait for Hal's next adventure.' - Christopher Edge, author of The Many Worlds of Albie Bright
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