Montgomery Bonbon: Murder at the Museum: eBook (Reflowable ePub)

By Alasdair Beckett-King

Illustrated by Claire Powell

A brilliantly funny young murder mystery from a rising stand-up comedian, podcaster and filmmaker – and exciting new talent in children's fiction. Indie Book of the Month February 2023.

Bonnie Montgomery is the world’s best detective. Not that anyone (other than Grampa Banks) has heard of her… But they might have heard of the great Montgomery Bonbon, the well-dressed gentleman detective who (apart from the hat and moustache) looks suspiciously like a 10-year-old girl. Their newest case: solving the mystery surrounding a highly suspicious death at the Hornville Museum. Together they'll interview some dodgy witnesses, scour the scene for clues and – above all – hope no one notices that Bonnie and Montgomery are never in the same room at the same time...

Categories: Ebooks

For readers aged: 9+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Reflowable
  • ISBN: 9781529514582
  • Published: 02 Feb 2023
  • Price: £7.99
  • Pages: 288

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Customer reviews


'Knives Out meets Poirot – but for children!' Front Row, BBC Radio 4

'Enormous fun - Montgomery Bonbon is my new favourite detective!'

'Murder at the Museum is a terrific twisty, turny tale as Montgomery Bonbon solves all the clues to a fantastic and funny detective adventure. Alasdair Beckett-King has written a book that is perfect for readers who love mystery, mayhem and fake moustaches.'

'Murder at the Museum delivers a good deal of laughs and is a love letter to classic Christie novels that will delight any parents reading the book to their children. […] young readers are sure to enjoy the twists and turns - and laughs - of this playful introduction to crime fiction.' Books for Keeps

'Beckett-King affectionately satirises the murder mystery genre.' The Bookseller

'Super-sleuths everywhere will be gripped by the clever tricks and tactics of Montgomery Bonbon.' LoveReading4Kids

'Fresh and witty […] The book is witty, hammy, with pace and even a few cliff-hangers. […] The book is aimed at ‘readers aged 9+’; with plenty of jokes for older readers (or their grown-ups) and plenty of fun for younger readers too. Expressive and detailed illustrations by Claire Powell support the narrative.' Art Quarterly

'Thought-provoking and funny, readers will find everything they want in a solve-along mystery. Suspects, clues, red herrings and secret identities are revealed with charm and so much personality. Bonnie is a feisty heroine who doesn’t let anything stop her. Add in seagulls, scones and an interfering scarlett macaw for a story you won’t be able to put down.' Scope For Imagination

'Crammed full of brilliant humour, wonderfully illustrated […] a wonderful shared read as adults will enjoy both the storyline and the delicious humour too. […] the perfect antidote to the new year blues.' NetGalley and Mrs Sydney's Famous World's Smallest Library

'A delightful detective story featuring a bold and brilliant heroine and deliciously offbeat humour.' NetGalley reviewer

'Witty black and white illustrations complement a story that is simple enough for readers to collect clues alongside the famous detective, yet complex enough to present plenty of challenging questions. And it’s also a heart-warming example of a special relationship between a young girl and her Grampa.' BookTrust

'A delightful detective story featuring a bold and brilliant heroine and deliciously offbeat humour. […] This has all the elements you want in a detective story for this age group. The child detective who is much smarter and more perceptive than the adults in charge, the colourful cast of suspects with their own secrets and shadowy motives, the strange and slightly gothic setting, and of course, crisps.' NetGalley Reviewer

'This is a solid mystery, an entertaining story, and thought provoking novel.' NetGalley Reviewer

'An absolute delight for all young crime fans out there.' NetGalley Reviewer

'A lively affair, with wit and just about enough exuberance to both get and keep those pages turning.' NetGalley Reviewer

'This had such a great voice.' NetGalley Reviewer

'Night at the Museum meets Nancy Drew & Agatha Christie.' NetGalley Reviewer

'Alasdair Beckett-King's comic talent shines through in his debut novel.' NetGalley Reviewer

'This story is a hoot from beginning to end. […] The dialogue even has the rhythm of Poirot and the whole book is enhanced by Powell’s equally fun illustrations. Children will adore this character and already I can’t wait for the next adventure!' NetGalley Reviewer

'With twists and turns, red herrings, dodgy witnesses, shady suspects, a gobby scarlet macaw and pesky seagulls, this has everything amateur sleuths and aspiring detectives could want.' A Word About Books

'A fantastically funny and well-crafted book.' Armadillo Magazine

'Featured in the CLPE's January New Books Roundup' CLPE

'A very funny book that will appeal to children and to adults.' The Letterpress Project

'Full of warmth and humour.' Read for Good

'Very cleverly written. It mixes humour with a murder mystery and is written a way that is easy for children to follow.' The Coastal Mummy

'Immensely funny.' Reading Zone

'I really enjoyed this story. […] The characters are all funny and the illustrations are great fun too - lots of things to look at and spot.' Toppsta Reviewer, age 7

'Fantastic for a first ever book I can’t wait to read more by the author.' Toppsta Reviewer, age 9

'A gripping tale with strong characters, my daughter didn't put this book down until she had finished.' Toppsta Reviewer

'A great new detective has been born - welcome Bonnie Montgomery […] A hilarious story with plenty for the adults reading as well […] fast paced and will keep the reader entertained throughout. A welcome addition to the comedy mystery genre!' Toppsta Reviewer

'This book was hilarious throughout and was such a fun read. I loved the characters and I know my daughter is going to aspire to become Montgomery Bonbon!' Toppsta Reviewer

'Just when you thought you couldn’t read another great detective story, along comes Alasdair Beckett-King’s debut. […] a completely absorbing read, with the most fabulous illustrations by Claire Powell bringing each character to life.' Toppsta Reviewer

'This is a fabulous new series for those young aficionados of the crime genre. […] This book is aimed at the 9+ age group and is very highly recommended.' The English Association

'Full of wit, whimsicalness and wonder, this story twists and turns through the short list of suspects like a visitor to the museum itself.' Kinkajous Read Too

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