Mike Nicholson

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Winner of the Kelpies Prize. When Fergus and Murdo set out to test their detective skills, a funny adventure ensues. Set in Edinburgh.

198 x 130 mm
Floris Books
Age Range:
From 8 to 12 years
176 pages
Publication date:
13 Oct 2005


Fergus can't believe it when his brand-new digital watch starts going backwards. Then he crashes (literally) into gadget-loving Murdo and a second mystery comes to light: cats are going missing all over the neighbourhood.

This book was the winner of the Kelpies Prize. Sharply and wittily observed, it's a story of unlikely friendships, unexpected allies and cat surveillance.


'A well-paced, entirely convincing mystery novel, full of suspense, wit and unexpected twists and turns. Beautifully written in a clear, accessible style with plenty of direct speech and detailed description, it is an excellent, gripping yarn for anyone over 9 years old.'
-- School Librarian

'This delightful, whimsical story will appeal to children of all ages. It is well written without being condescending, and the plot is unusual and quite gripping.'
-- Stockbridge & New Town Independent

'I thought the story was great... I would definitely recommend it to my friends because it is such a good book.'
-- Annie, age 8, Peebleshire, Scotland

'A ripping yarn and beautifully plotted. A real boys-own adventure story.'
-- Catherine Forde, author of Fat Boy Swim

'What starts out to be a bit of fun soon develops in to a dangerous adventure. I really enjoyed the plot and would recommend it to younger readers.'
-- Hannah, Broughton High School

'I really enjoyed this book... I think I would probably enjoy another one of Mike Nicholson's books.'
-- Rachael, Teen Titles

'I liked it because it was a mystery but it was also quite funny. I would recommend the book to anyone.'
-- Emma, Teen Titles


Mike Nicholson was the winner of the Kelpies Prize 2005 for new Scottish writing for children. A member of local writing group Broadside, he based Catscape, his first book, in his home neighbourhood of Comely Bank, Edinburgh. He has since published another novel for children, Grimm, and a Scottish picture book, Thistle Street.

You can also visit the author's own website at


Don't miss the Discover Kelpies website for children with exclusive author interviews, fun stuff and latest gossip on your favourite Scottish stories.


Another great story by Mike Nicholson:

Catscape was the winner of Floris Books' Kelpies Prize for new Scottish writing for children. Find out more about the Kelpies Prize and send your manuscript: next year, it could be your book being published!

Mike Nicholson has also written a fab picture book for children aged 3+:
Thistle Street: a braw Scots story for bairns!

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