“Education never ends, Watson. It is a series of lessons, with the greatest for the last.”
– Arthur Conan Doyle, His Last Bow
When I was (much) younger, I struggled to find age appropriate books to read. By late primary school I was reading well above my age and curious about what I could get away with. There was a hole in the market; the young adult readership was in the early stages of its life. John Marsden was writing heroes and Melina Marchetta was writing about angsty Australian-Italian teens (whom I absolutely adored). After that, I was at a loss as to what to read next. It is amazing how many books in this ‘genre’ there are now and I am certainly making up for lost time. I am finding more and more Aussie authors that deserve time in the limelight.
I have just finished the Every series by Ellie Marney and it’s a bittersweet moment – I couldn’t wait to get to the end to see how it all played out and yet I am so sad it’s over. From the first page of Every Breath I was hooked! Marney does a wonderful job of maintaining the fast-paced action right through the three books. James Mycroft and Rachel Watts – neighbours, friends and amateur sleuths – stumble upon a crime scene at the Melbourne Zoo. After an incident in his past, Mycroft’s obsession and fascination with forensics means he happily gets caught up in all the action dragging Rachel along for the ride! From the streets of Melbourne to ol’ London town, Mycroft and Rachel find themselves on the journey of a lifetime. This series is smart, fast and fun; the tension never stops yet Marney’s addictive writing means you don’t want to put it down! Drawing inspiration from Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous Sherlock Holmes, Marney has spotted the story with references and she has created three perfect crimes Holmes would have loved to solve!
As an avid reader of crime (and lover of detective stories) this series has easily skipped to the top of my favourites pile with the likes of Kerry Greenwood and Robert Galbraith (aka J.K Rowling) for company!