Top-Secret Grandad and Me: Death by Soup

David MacPhail; Illustrated by Laura Aviñó


Quick Look

  • The second slapstick adventure in the darkly comic new crime series for children
  • Combining the cosy crime of Agatha Christie with the laugh-out-loud hilarity of David Wailliams
  • Perfect for fans of Robin Stevens Murder Most Unladylike series

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.

Floris Books
12 b/w illustrations
Age Range:
From 8 to 11 years
176 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 left home at eighteen to travel the world and have adventures. After working as a chicken wrangler, a ghost-tour guide and a waiter on a tropical island, he now has the sensible job of writing about yetis, Vikings and ghostly detectives. At home in Perthshire, Scotland, he exists on a diet of cream buns and zombie movies. David is also the author of Yeti on the Loose and the Thorfinn the Nicest Viking series.

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

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