The first book in the Wollstonecraft Detective Agency series by Jordan Stratford centers around the main characters, Ada Byron and Mary Shelley, founding a detective agency and cracking their first case. The characters of Ada Byron and Mary Shelley are based on the real historical figures, first computer programmer and author of Frankenstein respectively. These two impressive women did not know each other nor unfortunately catch criminals together. But it is fun reading about how these two precocious, strong willed girls could have used math, science and analytics to solve a case of a stolen heirloom if given the opportunity. Ada is particularly amusing since, while she is clearly a genius, she hasn't mastered the art of human interactions and often needs tips on social niceties from Mary. My seven year old daughters read this book to me with some considerable guidance on my part given the complexity of the words used by the author. But we worked our way through it and they are already clamoring for the sequel.
Suggested age range: 8-12
Sabine - I give this book 9 out of 10 stars because I really liked how they worked together on the mystery. I also liked how Ada had a hot air ballon she used to capture the criminal in the story. A part that was funny was Ada always forgot names of people even her maid that lived with her. A part I didn't like is when Mary and Ada got into a fight. I think kids would like this book if they are interested in mystery stories and funny criminal stories.
Lourdes - I really like mystery stories because I like figuring the mystery out before the book is done. I usually infer who did it because in this book this guy was being really suspicious so I knew it was him who took the acorn (the heirloom). I give this book 10 out of 10 stars because it's really funny and I really didn't want the book to end. I also wanted to meet Ada and Mary and fly their balloon with them.