Potkin and Stubbs

Potkin and Stubbs

Children's, New & Recommended, Age 9-12
Paperback Published on: 07/03/2019
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Potkin and Stubbs
Exciting new duo in film-noir style mystery
A hugely exciting and spooky story, set in the 1930's-noir-film-style city of Peligan, where budding detective invesigator Lil Potkin comes across a boy th... READ MORE
MM at Cribbs
Potkin and Stubbs
A noir mystery for children!
Lil Potkin dreams of being an investigative journalist like her hero J. McNair, but her investigations always come to dead ends. That is until she becomes ... READ MORE
Potkin and Stubbs
Ghostly, Gritty and So Much Fun!
This book is such a joy to read! A real noir for kids, with a ghosty twist - a perfect balance of dark, spooky and just delightful. Really funny in places ... READ MORE
Rachel Meier at Canterbury Rose Lane
Potkin and Stubbs
Daring and intelligent!
As a children's bookseller I read so many kids books, but the Potkin and Stubbs series really stands out. It's witty and intelligent, teaching kids about c... READ MORE
Potkin and Stubbs
A Middle Grade Gotham City-esque Mystery
The best way to describe this would be middle grade Noir-esque mystery with a setting reminiscent of Gotham City. I loved it! Lil is a wannabe reporter wa... READ MORE
Gavin Hetherington
Potkin and Stubbs
Such a unique crime novel!
Such a unique crime novel! It follows a young girl, Lil Potkin, who wants to be a investigative journalist and a ghost that has ended up at her doorstep. W... READ MORE
Stacie Bradly
Potkin and Stubbs
A ghoulish awesome new detective read for kids!
Thank you Bonnier Books for sending this my way. 9-12 has recently seen a rise in great detective crime books, Potkin & Stubbs is no exception. This wonde... READ MORE
Imie at Wokingham


A brilliant new series bursts onto the scene filled with ghostly goings-on and an unusual investigative duo. With illustrations from Karl Mountford.

Lil Potkin lives in bleak Peligan City. Her mum works in City Hall and is rarely at home, so aspiring journalist Lil has all the time she needs to explore the city in her bright yellow raincoat, investigating unsolved stories.

One rainy evening Lil meets a sad-looking boy sitting by himself in the bus station and buys him a hot chocolate. That night Lil wakes to find him in her bedroom. He doesn't want to admit to being a ghost, but when he finally remembers his name (Nedly ... possibly) he explains that he needs Lil's help to find out what happened to him after he disappeared from his orphanage a year ago.

So Lil and Nedly - aka Potkin and Stubbs - team up to solve their mystery, and they call in the reluctant help of once-famous detective Abe Mandrel. He agrees to help them with the Stubbs case if they help him find the criminal who escaped justice and cost him his career.

Except - Mandrel thinks it's only Lil he's working with. And Lil realises she is the only person in the whole of Peligan City who can see Nedly. Which can come in handy when trying to solve crime...

Funny, atmospheric, spooky - the perfect detective story for young readers

  • Publisher: Templar Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781848127616
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Weight: 292g
  • Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 21 mm

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Potkin and Stubbs
Brilliant and unique!
I loved this brilliant,stylish and edgy detective story for 8+ readers. The main character, Lil Potkins , is a smart, sassy, wisecracking and keenly curiou... READ MORE
Miss Caddick
Potkin and Stubbs
An exciting, fast paced first book of a new series
From my original review on Goodreads 15/04/19 In rain sodden, graffiti strewn Peligan city, where mayors are crooked and free speech oppressed, twelve year... READ MORE
Potkin and Stubbs
Utterly fantastic
Took me a while to get around to reading the first in Sophie Green's Neon-Noir series, Potkin and Stubbs, and now I wish I had taken more time to savour Li... READ MORE
John Malone