Review for Jug Valley Mysteries, Boys V. Girls by Anne Digby

This is a Story Cartel Book that I got free in exchange for a review.

I liked this book because it took me back to the carefree days of my childhood.

This story takes place in the town of Jugminister in the River Jug valley.

Tim and Amy Dalloway , who are twins, live in a large house that is in the process of being renovated which causes the family conflict. The twins have a quarrel which causes additional stress to the family. Then Dad is away overnight which isn’t like him. On the way home from school they see Dad towing their yellow caravan to the river, on their property, where he parks it. They are puzzled but learn the caravan is for their use and will be a private play area away from their two-year-old brother. Electricity and water  are going to be connected. The twins are thrilled and can’t wait to start using it.

A bike is stolen at their school, Jug Valley County Junior School when one to the students left his bike there overnight. Tim hooks up with his buddies Luda and Ben and decide to be detectives and call themselves the Handlers. Tim and his buddies are the first ones to use the caravan and put a sign outside that doesn’t allow Amy and her friend Mini access. The boys come up with a plan to catch the thief.

Then Tim and Amy Mom’s bike is stolen which gets the girls involved. They have the caravan the next day after school and form a detective agency as well. They come up with the name The Sprouts and develop a plan to catch the thieves.

A quarrel develops between the girls and boys which doesn’t help solve the crime. Will they learn to settle their difference and work together to solve the mystery?

This book is an easy read and will be enjoyed by boys and girls between the ages of eight to twelve. I read it within two days not because of the size of the book but because I wanted to know what happened at the end. The suspense was skillfully built up to keep you turning pages.

About mhembroff

I am the author of Bess's Magical Garden, a middle grade novel, The Mystery of the Hidden cabin which is the sequel to Bess's Magical Garden and picture book Gramma Mouse Tells a Story. I am the member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Writers Guild of Alberta. My series The Ghostly Encounters and other short stories can be found on, listed in the short story section. I have been an avid reader since early childhood and has always been imaginative. It wasn't until my children were growing up that I started taking writing classes and put my creations onto paper. When I'm not writing I like to paint, draw, work in the garden and spend time with my pets and family.
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