The Case of the Vanishing Painting

A valuable painting disappears having left Galway in a guarded train carriage. Under suspicion is Tim and Deirdre’s father, the train’s guard, but the twins are certain that their father is not a thief. Setting out to solve the mystery of the vanishing painting, their friend Joe assists them on their mission and before long they are not only fighting to save the twins’ father’s reputation, but also fighting for their very lives …

Rooted in Dublin, the city comes to life throughout the novel as the action of the story takes us along the Dublin streets. At the heart of this story is friendship. Deirdre, Tim and Joe defy parental rules to follow their hearts and intuition in order to release the twins’ father from suspicion of theft, losing his job, and their home. Following a typical Holmes and Watson style to help solve the crime, the three friends stand up and fight for what they believe to be right and the story allows the reader to empathise with the three friends and to engage with them throughout. Family features very strongly throughout and we also see the effect that grief has on a child as Joe and his father are struggling in their relationship following the recent death of his mother.

Overall a very rewarding and enjoyable story that is sure to make children aged 9+ to feel part of the adventure. Highlighting the wisdom and strength of children, this is a book full of wonderful language that is sure to fuel its readers literacy and reading skills.

About the Author
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Brian Gallagher was born in Dublin. He is a full-time writer whose plays and short stories have been produced in Ireland, Britain and Canada. He has worked extensively in radio and television, writing many dramas and documentaries. Brian is the author of adult novels and many books of historical fiction for young readers. Brian lives with his family in Dublin.
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Publication Date
February 2024