Synopses & Reviews
Gerald Wilkins never considered himself a particularly exceptional thirteen-year-old. But that was before he inherited twenty billion pounds, a Caribbean island, a yacht, and three estates from a great-aunt he never knew. With this fortune, however, comes a letter. One from his great-aunt Geraldine. One that tells Gerald that she was murdered, and that it's up to him to find out why.
Along with his friends Ruby and Sam, Gerald embarks on a journey that will lead him from the British Museum to dodgy social clubs for the disgustingly rich to mansions in the English countryside to secret places far underground. Who was Geraldine Archer? And what secrets was she hiding? Unless Gerald, Sam, and Ruby can find out before the killer does, they may be next.
“Theres no letup in the pacing, and all the tried-and-true mystery elements add up to an Anthony Horowitz-style romp.” Kirkus Reviews
Winner of Text Publishing's inaugural Young Adult Writing Prize in Australia, Newsome's debut novel is a pulse-pounding story of three friends caught in a mystery of murder, larceny, ancient artifacts, and money--lots of money.
About the Author
Richard Newsome makes his debut with this novel, which won Text Publishing's inaugural Young Adult Writing Prize. The book started out as a bedtime story for his children, and he finally set it to paper over the course of ten years. In researching the story, he traveled across England, studying many of the places that appear in the book, and he traveled to India for the second book in the trilogy. He lives in Sherwood, Australia, with his wife and three children.