Top-Secret Grandad and Me: Death by Soup

David MacPhail; Illustrated by Laura Aviñó

Out of print

Quick Look

  • The second slapstick adventure in the new children's comic crime series
  • Combining the cosy crime of Agatha Christie with the laugh-out-loud hilarity of David Wailliams
  • Jay and Grandad think they'll be bored to death on a stay at a country house hotel, but soup-risingly they get more than they bargained for!

Can wannabe detective Jay Patel and his top-secret sidekick (his ghost grandad!) solve the hilarious and wacky murders taking place at a fancy country house hotel? Laugh-out-loud mystery series from the author of Thorfinn the Nicest Viking.

198 x 130 mm
Floris Books
12 b/w illustrations
Age Range:
From 8 to 11 years
192 pages
Publication date:
16 Aug 2018


Since his dad literally did a vanishing act (he's a magician!), Jay Patel has turned detective, and now, with the help of his ghostly grandad, he's on a new case -- a murder in a fancy country hotel where the cause of death appears to be -- soup!

While Jay is surrounded by suspects, Grandad has his own informants -- the ghosts haunting the hotel. But will they catch the killer before it's too ladle?

David Walliams meets Agatha Christie in the soup-er second book of a new laugh-out-loud, weird-and-wacky mystery series for younger readers, by the author of Thorfinn the Nicest Viking.


David MacPhail has worked as a chicken wrangler, a ghost-tour guide, and a waiter on a tropical island, and he now has the sensible job of writing about yetis, Vikings, and the funny side of history. David is the author of the Lollies-nominated Thorfinn the Nicest Viking series, the Top-Secret Grandad series, the Velda the Awesomest Viking series, An Amazing Illustrated Atlas of Scotland and An Amazing History Atlas of Scotland. He lives in Perthshire, Scotland.

Laura Aviñó is an illustrator who lives in Barcelona, Spain.

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