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The DNA Detectives by Amanda Hartley


We love these story books at CBHQ and we have managed to get signed copies to sell to you this Christmas.  These stories are based on famous five style adventures where the characters use DNA to solve a crime and are the first ever children’s fiction books for 7 – 12 year olds where the characters in the story use DNA and forensic science to solve a crime.

There are 3 books in the series so far:

  • To Catch A Thief
  • The Smuggler’s Daughter
  • The Stone Age Mystery (brand new!)
The DNA Detectives: To Catch A Thief
The story starts when Annabelle and Harry’s pet dog Milly goes missing. The children sadly accept that the local pet thief has struck again. They have a list of suspects and evidence left behind by the thief. But how can they find out who it is and get Milly back? The children’s mum is a scientist working with DNA. She has a laboratory in the garden. The children realise they can use DNA and their mum’s laboratory to solve the crime. Annabelle and Harry become “DNA Detectives” and just like real life forensic scientists go on an exciting adventure to try and solve the case. Join them on their thrilling journey to collect clues, learn about DNA, see if they can find out the identity of the pet thief and bring their beloved Milly safely back home.
The DNA Detectives: The Smuggler’s Daughter
This is the second book in The DNA Detectives series. The story is set in a beautiful seaside cove in Cornwall. According to the records it was once rife with ship wreckers and smugglers, there are rumours of a secret smuggler’s tunnel, but no one has ever found it. The characters in the story, Annabelle and Harry are determined they are going to find the tunnel! During their search they discover a gold locket in a rock pool. Inside the locket is a photo of a girl and a lock of hair. When they show the locket to the lady in the cafe, she remarks “It must have been left by the smugglers!” … and so, starts their most exciting adventure yet! Join Annabelle and Harry to see if they can discover the identity of the girl in the locket.
THE DNA Detectives: The Stone Age Mystery
This third instalment is hot off the press! The adventure starts when Annabelle and Harry decide to change their library books in the school library. There is a loud noise and the ground in the corridor begins to shake. It feels like the school is falling down. When the dust settles the children discover the hall has collapsed and they discover a cave underneath their school. The children are thrilled to think they are the first people to ever step foot in the cave. But then the most incredible discovery leads them to believe this might not be the case! And so, their adventure begins!


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