When twelve-year-old Kat Wolfe starts a pet-sitting agency, she soon finds herself unraveling a mystery, in this first book of a new middle-grade series from award-winning author Lauren St. John. After a break-in at their London home, Kat Wolfe and her veterinarian mum decide it’s time to move to the country. Dr. Wolfe’s new job on England’s Jurassic Coast comes with a condition: They have to adopt Tiny, a huge Savannah who resists Kat’s best attempts at cat whispering. Kat starts a pet-sitting agency to make pocket money, but then the owner of her first client, an Amazon parrot, vanishes from his gadget-filled mansion. Only one person shares Kat’s conviction that he’s the victim of foul play: Harper Lamb, an American girl laid up with two broken legs thanks to her racehorse. Kat and Harper team up, but what starts out as mystery-solving fun turns deadly for the duo. When all clues point to a nearby army base, can they count on their unruly animal friends to save the day—and their lives?
Lauren St John grew up surrounded by horses, cats, dogs. warthogs and a pet giraffe on a farm and game reserve in Zimbabwe. Her childhood in Africa inspired her bestselling White Giraffe and One Dollar Horse series. The Snow Angel, a stand-alone children’s novel published by Head of Zeus, is set in Africa and Scotland. Dead Man’s Cove, the first in her Laura Marlin Mystery series, won the 2011 Blue Peter Book of the Year Award. Kat Wolfe Investigates is the first in the Wolfe & Lamb Mystery series, with the second following in 2019. A passionate conservationist, Lauren is an Ambassador for the Born Free Foundation. When not writing or rescuing dolphins and leopards, she is a full-time valet to her not in the least demanding Bengal cat, Max.