The first book in the series, The Five Clues, is a real-time murder-mystery thriller and family drama, combining an exciting race against time with a heart-rending story about a teenager learning to live with the loss of a beloved parent. Walking back from her mothers grave, 13-year-old schoolgirl Edie Marble finds a note in a pocket of the sheepskin coat that she hasnt worn since the day, a year earlier, when she received the awful news of her mothers death. The note is from her mother, who had been looking into a corporate human rights violation and had become fearful for her life after receiving death threats. She trusts only Edie - because of their special bond and Edies intelligence - and has laid a trail of clues for Edie to find that will help her to shed light on the violation and uncover the mystery around her death. Through her wit and determination, Edie steadily gathers evidence and negotiates the dramatic twists and turns of the story by collaborating with her friends and family to gradually unearth a sinister attempt by a pharmaceutical company to conceal their illegal development of a lethal virus. As Edies investigations progress she is introduced, in parallel, to the Three Principles, which help her conquer various psychological stresses and support her in coming to terms with her grief.
Professor Anthony Kessel is a public health physician, academic and author. Since 2019 Anthony has been working in a national role as Clinical Director (National Clinical Policy) at NHS England and NHS Improvement. Anthony is an international authority on public health, a Trustee director of BookTrust, and also advises other charities on global health and mental health. Anthony has trained as an executive coach and writes a personal column - Global Health Experience (https://medium.com/@AKessel) - exploring his leadership work through a lens of psychological well-being.
Brilliantly written and unputdownable, The Five Clues is a great read which illustrates the virtue of resilience and the psychological teachings of the Three Principles through a gripping story. Set against a backdrop of adversity and anxieties, Edie Marble navigates her way through a complex world. She faces up to challenges with an ineffable quality – and, rather than letting the situation overcome her, she finds ways to rise up and better herself. I loved the story, characters and concepts, and I know that my 13-year-old son will love Edie’s strong character and dedication to a cause. I can’t wait for the next book in the series. - Sammy Margo, chartered physiotherapist and author of The Good Sleep Guide and The Good Sleep Guide for Kids