Kid’s Book Review: Agent Zaiba Investigates The Missing Diamonds

Kid’s Book Review: Agent Zaiba Investigates The Missing Diamonds

About the Book and Author

This is the first book in a fast-faced and fun new detective series by Annabelle Sami, illustrated by Daniela Sosa and published by Little Tiger Press.

Determined to be the world’s greatest detective, Zaiba is always on the lookout for a crime to solve. She knows everything there is to know about running an investigation – in theory…

At her cousin’s Mehndi party, Zaiba gets her first challenge: to discover the identity of the VIP staying at the same hotel. With the help of her best friend Poppy and brother Ali, Zaiba puts her sleuthing skills to the test. And when the celebrity’s precious dog disappears, along with its priceless diamond collar, it’s up to the trio to save the day!

If you enjoyed reading this book you can read our kid’s review of Book 2 – Agent Zaiba Investigates The Poison Plot.

The Missing Diamonds cover

Annabelle Sami is a writer and performer who studied English Literature and Drama and undertook an MA in English Literature at Queen Mary University. When she isn’t writing she enjoys playing saxophone in a band with her friends, performing live art and swimming in the sea.

Daniela Sosa is originally from Romania, but she now lives in the UK and is completing a master’s degree in children’s book illustrations at the Cambridge School of Art. She loves to travel, which is where she gets a lot of her inspiration from.

Book Review

In the story you get to see snippets of Zaiba’s notebook and there are extra activities at the back of the book which is cool

This book is stunning. It’s not exactly your classic mystery- the kids are the detectives! This book holds delightful illustrations by Daniella Sosa.
Zaiba has a confident, clever and slightly patronizing character. Zaiba, her brother (Ali) and her bestie (Poppy) all love solving mysteries. In this book they end up solving a mystery including a desperate hotel manager, a mysterious celebrity and a dog’s diamond collar.

I like that Zaiba is black in the story because not many main characters are and it makes a good change. Also, the plot is clever, but I can’t tell you how because that would be a major spoiler alert. I think Annabelle Sami uses really good language: she’s descriptive and there’s lots of dialogue. I also like how Zaiba sometimes refers to the Eden Lockett books, which are her own favourite detective series.

In the story you get to see snippets of Zaiba’s notebook and there are extra activities at the back of the book which is cool.

This is an amazing book – 6 stars out of 5. Watch out Sherlock Holmes!

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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Rose
  • Age: 10 years
  • Likes: writing, baking and school
  • Dislikes: stag beetles and Wensleydale cheese
  • Favourite Book: The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson
  • Favourite Song: Waka Waka by Shakira
  • Favourite Film: The Princess Bride