28 Mar 2022


Along with Pen and Paper friends, Gina over at Satisfaction For Insatiable Readers {the tour stops by her blog on the 2nd of April} and Lainy over at So Many Books, So Little Time {whose blog the tour will be stopping by on the 3rd of April}, I'm one of several bloggers who over 10 days will be participating in this Blog Tour {the full schedule of which can be found below at the bottom of the page}. Today {the 4th day of the Tour) its my pleasure to be sharing my thoughts on ...


Target Age ... MG / YA

Genre ... Crime

Publication Date ... 20th December 2021

Estimated Page Count ... 215

Standalone Novel

Purchase Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Molly-Private-Detective-Linda-Dobinson/dp/1739886607

Mollie is excited!

​She has been a private detective for six months, and FINALLY a BIG case has landed on her desk. If she solves it, it will make the papers and make her agency famous. She needs to give it her full attention; but she already has three cases she is working on. And when she gets an unexpected lead in her oldest case, she HAS to run with it.

​Could her new BIG case be linked to her oldest case? ... Synopsis

Mollie dumped her bookbag on the floor and sat on the side of her bed. ... First Sentence, Chapter One 'Mollie'

Elara was thrilled that Mollie had included her in the plan. 'Are you going to handcuff him?'

'No, I  don't have handcuffs, only the police are allowed to handcuff people.' Mollie tried not to laugh.

'Oh,' said Elara, disappointed. 'What do we do now?'

'We fix this curtain,' whispered Mollie. She opened the curtains slightly, just enough so so they could see out without being seen.

'Suppose he does try to escape?' Elara remembered what Mollie had said a minute ago.

'We should be able to manage him between us.' Mollie crossed her fingers behind her back.

'You think so?' Elara looked doubtful?

'We'll see.' Mollie shrugged. 'And now we wait.' She sat down. ... Memorable Moment, PG 133/134

Where to begin? 

How about the private detective of the title, how about I begin with the almost twelve year old, Mollie Mack?

Exactly the kind of character I like; interesting, resourceful, smart, persistent, thorough {I so admired her ability to solve the cases on her files}, kind, loves Clarabel, her cat and 'BFF' {animal lovers are going to love all the cat references}. 

I thought Mollie a great protagonist ... and a good role model for young girls. Yes, some of her actions were questionable but then surely this only added in making her multidimensional. What I and, perhaps more tellingly, the almost twelve year old bookworm {lets call her R} who read the book alongside me struggled with was not so much this as that some of her antics were somewhat unbelievable.

That aside ...

A cat that keeps disappearing, prize roses, stolen, exotic fish, missing ... and that's just for starters. Would she/ wouldn't she, could she/couldn't she solve the crime?

Our imagination captured from the moment when 'Mollie and Clarabel went down the garden to Mollie's office' {which also serves as her dad's shed} and sat at the 'old fashioned, solid wooden desk that looked as though it had seen better days', Mollie taking 'a small key from the leather necklace she was wearing,' opening the drawer on the right which housed the files she was working on, both R and I found the book compelling reading ... so much so that R found herself reading way past lights out but ssh! don't tell her mam that 😃.

What promises to be a great series, after all there is no limit to the amount of cases Mollie Mack, Private Detective could find herself investigating; I'm delighted that given the ending which hints at things to come there are likely to be other books ... and who knows, as R says, this would make a wonderful animated series.

About Linda Dobinson ...  Linda Dobinson was born in Croydon but grew up in Barbados – endless sunshine and never to far from the beach. She has worked in fashion, the motor industry, and been a PA.

​In the 90s she picked up her pen and started writing poetry. Her work has appeared in poetry magazines, and for two successive years she had poems selected for the anthologies Southern England and South-West England. Her second collection Encounter reached the top of Amazon’s poetry charts. Since then she has started writing middle grade novels and has discovered that immersing herself in a plot is a great distraction from a pandemic.

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Blog Tour Schedule ... ~ 25th March: Insta - @duckfacekim09 ~ sharon beyond the books ~ karenandherbooks ~ 26th March: @candygirl73reads ~ Ceri's Little Blog ~ Mum’s Book Blast ~ 27th March: c.isfor.claire_reads ~ B for bookreview ~  R E Loten ~ 28th March: Felicity Grace Terry ~Jazzy Book Reviews ~ Jolenes Book Corner ~ 29th March: The Tami Journal / Tamis Reading Corner ~ Nicki`sLifeOfCrime ~ The Pufflekitteh Reads ~ 30th March: The bookish hermit ~ The Magic Of Wor(l)ds ~ Splashes Into Books ~ 31st March: Books With Raven ~ PAJNewman ~ BetweenTheLines ~ 1st April: Jessica Belmont ~ Jenny Lou's Book Reviews ~ Chicks, Rogues and Scandals ~ 2nd April: TBHonest ~ Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers ~ Northernreader ~ 3rd April: The Divine Write ~ So Many Books, So Little Time ~ Reading Tonic ~


Shooting Stars Mag said...

This sounds fun!! Mollie seems like a really enjoyable character too.

Lauren @ www.shootingstarsmag.net

So many books, so little time said...

I'm on the blog tour for this one, I so needed a book like this. The one I read before it was so dark (brilliant but dark), I also loved the cats, no surprise though eh xxx

Lainy http://www.alwaysreading.net

Kelly said...

I think I would have loved this book (perhaps series...) when I was a young girl. Fun that you, Gina, and Lainy are all reviewing it!

nightwingsraven said...

This sounds like a compelling and
fun book. And Mollie a multidimensional
and memorable heroine. I also suspect
that I would appreciate her cat Clarabel.
I will definitely keep this book in mind.

Yvonne @ Fiction Books Reviews said...

I do think that perhaps this one might be more suitable for younger teens, as it seems to me that many younger adults are well into their adult fiction these days.

Apart from that one small observation, this sounds like a great idea for a series of 'Mollie Mack' adventures and definitely books I would have read as a child.

Not quite so keen on the cats either, maybe Mollie could get a faithful dog to keep her company on her investigations :)

Nadene @Ttly Addicted 2 Reading said...

This ones not for me, but I am sure my step-daughter would enjoy this one.