Anisha, Accidental Detective

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Winner of Fiction at the Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Awards 2020.
Winner of the CRIMEFEST Children’s Crime Fiction Award 2020.

Shortlisted for the Tower Hamlets Libraries Book Award 2020
Shortlisted for the North Somerset Teachers Book Awards 2020
Longlisted for the Leicester Libraries Best Book Award 2020

Press Reviews

The chaotic warmth of an eccentric extended family underpins this exhilarating romp which touches upon children’s insecurity about change. Anisha and Milo are an engaging team who we are sure to meet again.
Daily Mail

“The story surfs along on a wave of excitable prose, while offering insights into Hindu culture that, for the uninitiated, are intriguing.”
Financial Times

Waterstones says: “The first of a hilarious new series by Serena Patel, Anisha, Accidental Detective is a feelgood joy.”

Also featured in the Guardian’s Best New Children’s Books roundup for March and The Booksellers One to Watch.

Anisha, Accidental Detective - Anisha the Accidental Detective (Paperback)

Anisha Mistry is all set to be a bridesmaid at her Aunty Bindi’s wedding tomorrow…until she finds a note in her family’s letterbox. Bindi’s groom has been kidnapped and will only be released IF THE WEDDING IS CALLED OFF!

With best friend Milo, a mischievous granny, a runaway lobster, a giant chauffeur, and some super sleuthing skills, it’s up to Anisha Mistry to find her uncle and save THE big Indian Wedding of the year.

Published by Usborne 5 March 2020
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Illustrated by Emma McCann
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Review taken from Amazon

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Hi, I’m Anisha, I’m supposed to be a bridesmaid at my Aunty Bindi’s wedding tomorrow, but I’ve just found a ransom note, pushed through the letterbox, saying Bindi’s husband-to-be has been KIDNAPPED and will only be freed if the wedding is CANCELLED!


My super-dramatic Aunty Bindi is having a MEGA MELTDOWN. It’s supposed to be the WEDDING OF THE YEAR but it’s tomorrow and it’s looking like a “first-class disaster!” And now the groom is MISSING. She absolutely cannot find out.


Milo is my best friend, and the only person I can trust to help me solve the case. We’ll have to go through the suspects one by one. (That’s Yasmine by the way, Milo says he can talk to animals, and she’s not so happy about the situation either.) Let’s investigate!