The Case of the Stolen Sixpence is the first in the Maisie Hitchins mysteries series by Holly Webb. Maisie is 12 years old and lives with her grandmother in the boarding house she owns and operates. Maisie desperately wants to be a detective like the famous Gilbert Carrington. When George, the butcher’s delivery boy, is fired for stealing Maisie is sure he didn’t do it. And she sets out to prove his innocence by finding the true culprit.
With her rambunctious dog Eddie, determination and deductive reasoning Maisie begins her first real detective case. She is helped along the way by the eccentric old man and an actress who live in the boarding house as well as a young friend. The scene in which she disguises herself convincingly as an old woman will have young readers falling over themselves with delighted laughter.
The Case of the Stolen Sixpence is a perfectly crafted mystery for ages 6-9. The plot is simple enough to follow without being ridiculously easy to solve. The characters are funny and interesting and easy to relate to. I highly recommend this as a read-aloud at home for bedtime or in a primary classroom. I look forward to reading more of the series.