Montgomery Bonbon: Death at the Lighthouse

Illustrator: Claire Powell

Binding: Paperback

Imprint: Walker Books

Book 2 of Montgomery Bonbon Series

Age 9+

Crime & Mystery Fiction Humorous Stories

The second instalment in a brilliantly clever, funny and highly illustrated murder mystery series

The most troublesome thing about being a detective is that it is almost impossible to go on holiday.

When Bonnie Montgomery finally gets a break from cracking cases as her alter-ego, Montgomery Bonbon, something terribly fishy happens the moment she and Grampa Banks arrive on Odde Island for half-term – and it's not just the smell of the harbour. There's been a mysterious death at Leerie Lighthouse, and what everyone assumed was an accident is setting Bonbon's moustache all a-quiver: a sure sign that something is Highly Suspicious.

When a second death takes place on the other side of the island, Bonnie is sure the two are connected. But can she solve this case alone, or will she need double the detectives to solve double the murder?


Alasdair Beckett-King is a multi-award-winning comedian and writer. He studied at the London Film School, and since then he has performed critically lauded solo shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, written for BBC radio, appeared on comedy panel shows such as Mock the Week, co-written an award-winning video game and created numerous viral sketches for social media, including an interactive whodunit.

Claire Powell is a bestselling children’s book maker, character designer and illustrator who started out designing for television brands before she got her first book deal in 2016 and has never looked back. Claire’s collaborations with Kes Gray and Simon Farnaby – The Night Before The Night Before Christmas; The Night after Christmas; The Wizard and Me – all topped the charts to become bestsellers. She has also illustrated books for Jeanne Willis, Peter Bently and Michelle Robinson.


For any readers who LOVE whodunnits, Montgomery Bonbon is the book to read! The funniest detectives in children’s fiction – I loved it so much. Put on your fake moustaches and join the murdery fun!

Maisie Chan

Alasdair Beckett-King has written another cracking who-dunnit that had me guessing until the end and racing through the pages faster than Grampa Banks’ ice-cream van could climb hills. Delivered with a healthy dose of humour and starring a brilliant and unlikely crime fighting duo who have the most wonderful of generation-transcending relationships, Montgomery Bonbon is heart-warming, crime-solving, moustache-y heaven.

A Word About Books

Montgomery Bonbon is a wonderful series and I can’t wait to see where it goes.

The Book Muse

Montgomery Bonbon: Death at the Lighthouse is a puzzle of amusing twists and turns at the forefront of every situation. The language is page-turning— its sharp wit and lively pace adding to the humour so cleverly injected throughout the story. Of course, it is the special relationship between Bonnie and her Grampa that brings moments of tenderness amidst the crime-fighting detective work that touches the heart and gives a quiet reprieve from the mayhem.

Reading Time

This is a quirky, twisted tale involving a lighthouse, far from believable characters, onions, an ice-cream van and a fake moustache! … The scattered illustrations throughout the book by Claire Powell have a Quentin Blake-like caricature quality and broadcasts that this is obviously a book to be read for fun! Young readers aged 8-11 will enjoy this romp in the world of whimsy and sleuthing.


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