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The Secret Key by Lena Jones (Agatha Oddly #1)

The Secret Key by Lena Jones (Agatha Oddly #1)

About the Book – The Secret Key by Lena Jones

Meet thirteen-year-old Agatha Oddly – a bold, determined heroine, and the star of a stylish new detective series.

Agatha Oddlow has been a detective for as long as she can remember – she’s just been waiting for her first big case. And nothing gets bigger than saving the City of London from some strange goings-on.

With a scholarship to the prestigious St Regis School, a cottage in the middle of Hyde Park, a room full of beloved sleuthing novels, and a secret key that gives her access to a whole hidden side of London, Agatha is perfectly poised to solve the mystery of what’s going on. But just who can she trust when no one is quite who they seem…

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“Everybody is a puzzle, Agatha. Everyone in the street has their own story, their own reasons for being the way they are, their own secrets. Those are the really important puzzles.” 

quote from the book- The Secret Key

Our Review of The Secret Key

Ok, Fine it’s a middle-grade read but I loved it. Technically I picked up the book because of the cover. I couldn’t help but get tempted by the illustration and the cover. I had to have it irrespective of what the book was all about. So naturally, when I had the copy in my hand, I had to read it. I flew through the book in one sitting and enjoyed it more than I had hoped. 

One of the things I liked about the book is how it had an allure and charm to it that didn’t make it sound too middle gradish but a perfect one for anyone who is picking it up. Of course, the sleuthing is done by an amateur and aspiring detective so the author has provided us with the best way to utilise this aspect and shape up a pretty amazing and sweet, short story.

Perhaps it’s the sleeping Nancy Drew fan in me or perhaps it’s the book itself, that totally grabbed me and kept me there for a long time. After reaching mid-way through the book, I went ahead and order the remaining two in the series without a second thought. The covers are nothing less of beautiful art pieces and it’s so prettyyyyyy. Yes, I am one of those who buy on whims and usually, those whims are guided by pretty covers. YES, I DO JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER. Sue me 


In conclusion, I would say that it’s a middle-grade read, so you can’t expect Agatha christie’s sleuthing and intricate plot but does that matter? Absolutely not. Even more, as a middle-grade read, I thought that the book was amazing weaved and addictive. It had all the right tones, hooks and plot magnets to keep you glued. But yes it’s better if you treat this book for what it is.- A short, quick fun read

Squirrel Rating

Squirrel Rating- 5 Star

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