Author(s): Siobhan Dowd & Robin Stevens
My name is Ted Spark. I am 12 years and 281 days old. I have seven friends.
Three months ago, I solved the mystery of how my cousin Salim disappeared from a pod on the London Eye.
This is the story of my second mystery.
This summer, I went on holiday to New York, to visit Aunt Gloria and Salim. While I was there, a painting was stolen from the Guggenheim Museum, where Aunt Gloria works.
Everyone was very worried and upset. I did not see what the problem was. I do not see the point of paintings, even if they are worth millions of pounds. Perhaps that's because of my very unusual brain, which works on a different operating system to everyone else's.
But then Aunt Gloria was blamed for the theft - and Aunt Gloria is family. And I realised just how important it was to find the painting, and discover who really had taken it.
Ted Spark, whose brain runs on a unique operating system, returns with his sister Kat and cousin Salim to solve the mystery of how a painting was stolen from the Guggenheim Museum in New York.
We met the inimitable Ted in Siobhan Dowd’s The London Eye Mystery when he and Kat worked out how Salim disappeared from a pod on the London Eye. Sadly, Dowd died before she could write this sequel and Stevens, creator of the Murder Most Unladylike series, continues Ted’s story. She had only the characters and the title to work from, but it’s a cracker!
During a visit to the museum, where Aunt Gloria is the curator, a painting is stolen from under everyone’s noses and Gloria is accused of the theft. Ted, Kat and Salim know she has been framed and their investigation takes them all over the city as they have to work together to find the thief. The story is narrated by Ted, whose ability to decipher clues and focus on the facts borders on genius.
A fantastic detective story with colourful characters and an ingenious plot. Highly recommended for age 11+