Hello everybody! Today, I’m so excited to be part of the Demelza and the Spectre Detectors blog tour, and share my review for this fantastic new middle Grade mystery with a paranormal twist. Onto the post!
I love middle grade mysteries so much, and I especially love when one does something unusual, which is what this does incredibly well. It’s about a girl named Demelza, who discovers that despite being a scientist with no belief in paranormal beings, she can in fact see ghosts and it is her family’s duty to help others communicate with the dead. Then her Grandma Maeve gets kidnapped by people who wish to use their ability for evil, and she must save her with the help of her best friend Percy. Demelza is an absolutely brilliant heroine; she’s funny and clever and I loved her determination, and I also really liked the way she tries to treat everyone with kindness so long as they are kind to her, and that she looks beyond first impressions and gives people a chance based on their true selves. I also thought Percy and Grandma Maeve were great characters, and while I don’t want to spoil the twist I was kicking myself for WEEKS after finishing this that I didn’t see it coming; it took me totally by surprise! The worldbuilding was another huge highlight, because it was all so well crafted and I feel like this gave me a really comprehensive idea of what Spectre detecting is and I’m so pleased this is a series so we can explore more elements of it because this is a fantastic debut, and I can’t wait to read more from Holly Rivers! 4.5/5
DEMELZA & THE SPECTRE DETECTORS by Holly Rivers out now in paperback (£6.99, Chicken House)
Have you read this book, or are you planning to? Do you have any recommendations for something similar? I’d love to hear in the comments!