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Sherlock Bones and the Mystery of the Vanishing Magician

Extent: 192pages

Size: 198x129mm

Publication Date: 11/05/2023

Price: £6.99

ISBN: 9781780559216

Categories: Fiction

About the Book

Sherlock Bones, the world’s greatest dog detective, and his trusty sidekick Dr Jane Catson are back for another crime-solving adventure.

Bones and Catson are on a train bound for Paris when another passenger, a famous magician, vanishes in the middle of the night. Catson is convinced of foul play … but none of the other passengers seem to know anything about the magician. Was he on the train at all? And how is his disappearance connected with a fiendish plot to steal the world’s most famous painting, the Mona Lemur? Bones and Catson are up against it to reach Paris and solve the mystery before it’s too late.

The third book in Buster’s Sherlock Bones mystery fiction series features 28 puzzles – including search games, mazes and maths conundrums – that are woven into the action, so the reader feels immersed in the exciting detective plot. Told across 14 chapters, this thrilling story is perfect for middle-grade readers.

Also available in the series:
9781780557502 Sherlock Bones and the Case of the Crown Jewels
9781780557519 Sherlock Bones and the Curse of the Pharaoh's Mask

Publishing in Autumn 2023:
9781780559223 Sherlock Bones and the Horror of the Haunted Castle

About the Author

Tim Collins is originally from Manchester, but now lives near Oxford. He is the author of over thirty books including Wimpy Vampire, Cosmic Colin, Dorkius Maximus and Sherlock Bones. His books have been translated into over 30 languages and he has won awards in the UK and Germany, including the Manchester Fiction City award (2011 Winner) and the Lincolnshire Young People's Book Award (2012 Winner).


  • 'A good romp of a mystery', The School Librarian on 'Sherlock Bones and the Case of the Crown Jewels'
  • 'A very interesting concept, slightly reminiscent of the 'Choose your own Adventure' books. This will appeal to key stage 2 readers, especially those who may have reading difficulties and encourages collaboration among readers, with one reading the story and the other solving the puzzles.', The School Librarian on 'Sherlock Bones and the Curse of the Pharaoh’s Mask'
  • 'This is a highly appealing story with gentle wit that will appeal to KS2. Bigwood's delightful line drawings illustrate the plot without distracting from reading. A highly recommended addition for small group reading as well as for more independent individuals.', The School Librarian