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The young detective strikes again

When young lawyer Kevin Piscopo is found dead in Gozo on New Year’s Eve, the police believe it was just an unfortunate accident. However, his sister Joanne is not convinced. She had been close to her brother, and somewhere deep down she has this niggling feeling that his murder could have been a planned ploy.

Enter 19-year-old Irvin Vella, a detective. Well, an almost-detective – because he is still studying to get his private investigator’s warrant. But his reputation for sol­ving unsolvable mysteries is fast catching up and he is very much in demand.

Together with his younger cousins, Luca and Laura, Irvin sets off on a sleuthing adventure in Gozo. The result is a whodunit full of hidden clues, action, suspense and a good dose of humour.

Irvin Vella: Il-Każ tal-Gżejjer tat-Teżor is the third in the detective series written by John A. Bonello and published by Merlin Publishers. It follows Irivin Vella: Il-Każ tas-Serqiet Strambi and the first book in the series, Irvin Vella: Il-Każ Manduca.

The Irvin mysteries are perfect for children aged nine upwards, and being the first detective in children’s fiction to hit the Maltese bookshelves, all books have been a bestselling hit with young Maltese readers.

“There is something that is totally unique to Irvin: his Maltese identity, his love for food, his family values, the way he brainstorms ideas,” Bonello says.

A whodunit full of hidden clues, action, suspense and a good dose of humour

The book is illustrated by internationally renowned artist Lisa Falzon, who uses black and white incisive drawings to capture the investigative mood brilliantly.

Bonello is an award-winning author of fantasy novels for young adults and adults. His Il-Logħba tal-Allat trilogy has a significant cult following, and two books in the trilogy won him the Best Young Adult Fiction Award at the National Book Awards. His most recent fantasy novel for adults are Fil-Mergħat tal-Impossibbli, and its sequel Jien, Wieħed Minnhom.

His Irvin Vella novels mark his first foray into children’s literature, and following the popularity of the young private investigator, he is already hard at work on the fourth adventure in the series.

Irvin Vella: Il-Każ tal-Gżejjer tat-Teżor is available from all bookshops, or from www.merlinpublishers.com.

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