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I read a book sometime ago that I think would be perfect for my daughter now but I cannot remember the title or author. The story involved a young woman who solved the mystery. It was set in the 1800s (?), something to do with a photography business, a factory that makes guns and arms (but shouldn't be). I remember it being fantastic and have an image of the factory as if it was some steampunk masterpiece - please help if you can. Thanks.
I am a teacher of middle school Language Arts. Every year I do a detective fiction unit for which each student chooses his/her own book to read. My #1 recommendation is always Agatha Christie, as I have read them all and most of them follow the very predictable pattern that is necessary to complete all the of the assignments in the unit of study. I've had problems with others: Nancy Drew/ Hardy Boys don't reliably follow the pattern; Dorothy Sayers's use of dialect is tricky for my students; some of Doyle's work, others don't. Can anyone recommend other authors and/or books that might also be suitable for this project? The books must be appropriate for 12-year-olds and need to be quite formulaic - sleuth, two or three crimes, at least a couple suspects, legitimate clues as well as red herrings, a big reveal at the end, etc. I would really appreciate any recommendations!
I found these books in the library a few years back and I injoyed them so much that I have reread most of them. Unlike a lot of detective tipe of books I found them to be great fun and well worth reading, with charaters that I could truely get behind and like. Here is a little a little info (very little as I know that some people don't like to spoiler alerts) : "Marcus Didius Falco is the central character and narrator in a series of novels by Lindsey Davis. Using the concepts of modern detective stories (with Falco as the private investigator, roughly translated into the classical world as a "private informer"), Davis portrays the world of the Roman Empire under Vespasian. The tone is arch and satirical, but the historical information provided is carefully accurate."