Claire Hennessy called it ‘a mystery that is both technically satisfying and personally resonant’, which is a wonderful quote.
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The Guggenheim Mystery by Robin Stevens (Puffin, £9.99) is the second novel to come from “an idea by Siobhan Dowd”, after Patrick Ness’s A Monster Calls. Stevens is best known for her Murder Most Unladylike series, and is a natural fit for this sequel to Dowd’s The London Eye Mystery, which explores what happens when a painting is stolen from the Guggenheim museum and a beloved family member appears to have been framed.
Ted Spark is known for a brain that doesn’t quite work like everyone else’s. This is his take on a sunset: “I noticed that the tilt of the Earth and the position of the sun meant that its light was passing through more air to reach ground level in New York. Each air molecule it bumped against made it scatter more and more, so that by the time it reached our eyes it was red and yellow instead of blue.” Stevens manages to balance his often stilted and formal way of viewing the world with real emotion, offering up a mystery that is both technically satisfying and personally resonant for its unusual narrator.