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A Girl Called Justice: The Smuggler's Secret by Elly Griffiths - Review

Tuesday, May 3, 2022


I read the first one in this series nearly three years ago, and felt it had some teething pains. But something reminded me of the second and third in the series recently, so I requested them both at the library. The third one came in first, annoyingly, but then this one came in the week after so I picked it up. I do think this book was much better, I liked Justice a lot more and understood her motivations more. 

Justice is back at school just after Christmas. She feels a bit better towards her school though. She meets a new games teacher, Miss Heron, and the new Matron, Miss Robinson. There seems to be a mystery about Miss Robinson straight away, and there also seems to be a new mystery about the school basements, which are even more strictly off limits than they already had been. 

Miss Heron makes the girls do cross country running, and it turns out Justice is good at it and she gets put on the team. They all each have to do a Good Citizenship project also, where they each go into the village on Wednesday afternoons to help out one of the residents. Justice gets paired with Mr Arthur, who lives in Smugglers' Lodge right on the beach. He was blinded in the war and has a fierce Alsatian called Sabre. He asks Justice to read The Times to him, and she has a good time with him. 

Of course there's a mystery and I loved it, I thought it was very well executed. I'm giving this four out of five. 

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