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REVIEW | Murder at the Museum – Alasdair Beckett-King


Many people go their whole lives without noticing anything that is afoot, amiss, or even untoward; without ever experiencing that toe-tingling, stomach-twisting sensation that a mystery is about to unfold.

Not Bonnie Montgomery – 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…


5 stars

I freaking loved it! It was so fun and full of wordplay. If I could have binged it in one sitting, I would have, but alas, life. In between readings though I was definitely itching to dive back in!

I adored Bonnie, or should I say The Great Detective Bonbon. The capers are great, and I enjoyed plunging into the nostalgia of watching Pirot when I was younger – the urge to don a bushy mustache, butcher an accent (I can’t do any accent), and look for clues. Bonnie gets to do it all, and really well – assisting the bumbling police with the case of a missing museum piece and the murder of its guard.

The illustrations within are superb too, and definitely gave me a chuckle – such as the police tape saying “POLICE – DONT EVEN THINK ABOUT IT” (to give you an idea of the humour). I don’t think a book has made me this happy in a while (that’s probably on me for reading a lot of grimdark and horror lately), I’m actually smiling just thinking about it though.

I cannot wait for more – and I hope some of the characters we’ve met resurface in the next!

Release Date: Feb 2023

Publisher: Walker Books

Genre: Middle Grade Mystery

Page Count: 285

Series or Standalone: Montgomery Bonbon #1


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Books and food enthusiast. I discovered a love for reading in my late teens, so you’ll see me catching up on older series quite often. I also love to travel around the UK, where I live, and picking up some crafty hobbies – I hope to share snippets of this amongst all the book content. Other interests include gaming, podcasts, drinking too much tea, and trying to personify autumn.

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