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Written by Joss Stirling
Ember Lord was found next to her father’s dead body with a blood-stained knife in her hand and consequently she is being held on suspicion of murder. Nobody seems to be questioning her guilt, but Joe, a young detective, is instructed to befriend Ember to find out about her criminal father’s ‘dodgy’ business deals before a consignment of radioactive waste ends up in the wrong hands and possibly in a dirty bomb. There is chemistry between the supposed murderer and the detective right from the start, but Joe has a job to do and it is necessary to keep his real identity secret.
This is the fourth, and sadly the last, in a YA sequence of books about the Young Detective Agency. Each book has an exciting and romantic, stand-alone story although some threads run through the series. The plot is fast-paced, and the tension builds brilliantly to the dramatic final operation involving all the young detectives and their skills. The romance between Joe and Ember is touching and heart-warming particularly as Ember has been manipulated and controlled, but never loved, by her father, for far too long.