The Financial Times Summer Books of 2018 Selection

World Book Day Summer Reads 2018 Selection


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory meets Bugsy Malone for 9+ readers

In a city where candy is a crime and biscuits have been banned, Nelle Faulkner is a twelve-year-old private detective looking for her next client.

So when a notorious candy gangster asks for her help, Nelle is on the case.

Swept into a secret world of sweet smugglers and chocolate crooks, can Nelle and her friends find a way to take the cake? Or will they come to a sticky end…


“Lavie Tidhar has turned his mad imagination on the world of the school playground and the result is hilarious, insightful and terrifying all at once.” – Ben Aaronovitch, best-selling author of the Rivers of London series.


“The tone is as hard-boiled as a cough drop. The jokes sizzle like Space Dust. Candy is a treat.” – The Financial Times

“Witty, amusing and a loving variation on grown-up private eye tropes, this would make the perfect introduction to crime writing for kids and is very much tongue in cheek, and as such even more appealing to adult fans. Delightful.” – Maxim Jakubowski, Crime Time.

“Perfectly pitched… a subversive children’s story… The end result is a novel that for all its joyous sense of fun still packs a surprising emotional and philosophical punch… tied together by Tidhar’s wonderful character work and his excellent prose.” – Fantasy Faction

“Like a mini Miss Marple meets Maynards… this mouthful of mystery will leave every reader feeling like a child in a sweetshop; just craving to read more from Lavie! 5*” – The Reader Teacher

“A breath of sweet fresh air… superb.” – Minerva Reads

“Brilliantly fun adventure.” – A Little But A Lot

“Fast-paced and funny… This original and humorous book will hold a popular appeal in classrooms across KS2.” – Books for Topics

“This is a rumbustious story packed with adult villains, plenty of humour, some clever plot twists and cunning children…bound to be a roaring success.” – The Letterpress Project

“A cleverly written and hugely enjoyable read… Full of wit with puns galore, it will have children alternately laughing and groaning as they enjoy this hilarious yarn.” – Parents in Touch

“Witty and original” – ReadingZone

“A little gem” – Fantastic Fiction

“It’s a brilliant book and well done.” – Georgia, 8

“AMAZING… I rate it 10,000,000,00000 etc. stars.” – Katerina, 10

“Absolutely love Candy. A fantastic heroine and a veritable homage to American crime novels between the wars. Superb.” – Margaret, School Librarian



Amazon UK (paperback)

Amazon UK (Kindle)


WH Smith


Book Depository (free international shipping)



Loewe, October 9, 2018 (Pre-order on

Candy Germany

Forthcoming in France, Italy, Poland, Czech Republic, Romania, others TBA.