David Fickling Books

Books published by David Fickling Books

Hey Sherlock!

The disappearance of a girl from her home late one night puzzles the police. Teenage sleuth Garvie Smith has his own ideas about Amy Roecastle’s disappearance, but no one is particularly interested in his take on things – at least not until their own ideas start to run out.

Reviewed on 28 September 2019 by Linda Wilson


Fourteen-year-old Roxy and Kaine are twins. Roxy’s ambition is to win Wimbledon, Kaine’s is to play professional football. Together, they used to be unstoppable, but that was a long time ago.

Reviewed on 09 March 2019 by Linda Wilson

Mr Godley's Phantom

Martin Heath is struggling to settle after the horrors of the World War Two. When an old comrade tells of a position with elderly Harold Godley in a lonely part of Devon, he is plunged into a dark mystery.

Reviewed on 27 October 2018 by John Cleal

The Book Case

After an unfortunate incident at her old school, Daphne is offered a scholarship to St Rita’s School for Spirited Girls where she’s soon plunged into the mystery of a missing schoolgirl and a robbery at the local bank.

Reviewed on 01 September 2018 by Linda Wilson

Potter's Boy

The son of the village potter wants to grow up to become a fighter, not a potter. This is Ryo’s story.

Reviewed on 24 May 2018 by Linda Wilson


A disparate bunch of teenagers take on the might of a global corporation in a race to save the life of a boy they’ve never even met.

Reviewed on 01 April 2017 by Linda Wilson

Kid Got Shot

When a teenager from his school is shot dead, Garvie Smith is reluctant to leave the investigation to the local police, especially as he’s sure they’re just not asking the right questions.

Reviewed on 21 January 2017 by Linda Wilson

Jessica's Ghost

No one is more surprised than Jessica when someone is finally able to see her and talk to her. It’s lonely being a ghost, but now she has Francis for a friend.

Reviewed on 12 November 2016 by Linda Wilson

The Wrong Train

A series of eight spine-shilling stories linked by an equally creepy narrative set on a deserted platform next to a railway line.

Reviewed on 29 October 2016 by Linda Wilson

Black Arts

Jack lives in Tudor London, in a secluded alley with his mother, until, on the verge of entering life of organised crime, he encounters a world he did not know existed, a world of red-handed priests, demons and magic. As a result he finds himself fighting for his life, encountering allies in surprising places and meeting the famous Dr Dee.

Reviewed on 01 October 2016 by John Barnbrook

Eden Summer

Jess Mayfield’s best friend has gone missing, and no one knows why, but Jess is determined to find Eden.

Reviewed on 20 August 2016 by Linda Wilson

Running Girl

When Chloe Dow’s body is found in a pond, Garvie Smith isn’t very impressed with the police investigation into her murder. The only problem is that Garvie’s still at school and is meant to be revising for his exams, not sticking his nose into other people’s business.

Reviewed on 04 July 2015 by Linda Wilson