Murder on the Safari Star

Murder on the Safari Star

By Author / Illustrator

M. G. Leonard, Sam Sedgman, Elisa Paganelli



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Pan Macmillan




Paperback / softback




Join Hal and Uncle Nat as they plunge straight into an exciting mystery - this time while on Safari!

All-aboard for the third amazing journey in the bestselling Adventures on Trains series, Murder on the Safari Star, from M. G. Leonard and Sam Sedgman, illustrated throughout by Elisa Paganelli.  Harrison Beck and his Uncle Nat are on the journey of a lifetime aboard the Safari Star - a luxurious steam train that will take them from Pretoria to the stunning Victoria Falls. Close encounters with the amazing animals and landscape of Southern Africa are adventure enough, but things get mysterious when a passenger is found dead inside a locked compartment. Is it just a terrible accident or is something more suspicious afoot? It's up to train detective Hal and his new friend Winston to find out.

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I couldn’t wait to start reading Murder on the Safari Star - the third journey of the Adventures on Trains series. I wasn’t disappointed! It is the most dangerous one so far! Thoroughly love this series; different book/different location. If you have not read any of these books, it is Agatha Christie for kids!

Hal (the main character) is developing into the ultimate detective. Travelling through South Africa on the Safari Star with his uncle Nat, Hal is confronted with a murder! Now, I am not a train fan, however... I LOVE this series. In this book, I love how it carefully shows that endangered animals need to be protected. There are so many exciting characters - my favourite being Winston! It keeps you guessing until the end!

The plot is cleverly written, making it extremely difficult to put down - I NEEDED to solve the murder! No spoilers here. You just have to read it! Keep them coming Leonard and Sedgman!!!!

263 pages / Reviewed by Donna Ritchie, teacher

Suggested Reading Age 9+


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