After his dad’s mysterious disappearance, Darkus has been received into his uncle Max’s home. Darkus starts searching for his father, but while making inquiries he is locked up by his weird new neighbors. When, surprisingly enough, he is released by the resident beetles, he reveals a great secret. Baxter, the giant rhinoceros beetle and his new friend, seems to be something absolutely special. Just like the other beetles which have released Darkus.
When his uncle tells him that his dad used to perform genetic experiments with beetles and that eccentric fashion designer Lucretia Cutter, known as Dr. Lucy Johnson at that time, was one of his most ambitious research assistants, suddenly some things fall into place. Perhaps it is Lucretia Cutter who is behind his dad’s mysterious disappearance? Darkus has seen her together with his neighbors after all. But how can Darkus find out, where she might have hidden his father? Together with his friends and Baxter he sets out not only to rescue his dad but also the amazing beetles in his neighbors’ apartment. But time is running out as Lucretia Cutter’s crawling spies are everywhere!
This book is suitable for readers aged 8 and 12.
This book presents an exciting story about friendship, courage and optimism with likeable characters such as the wonderful beetles. This story should be undoubtedly continued. After all, who wouldn’t want to know how things will turn out for the mutant beetles and their human friends? A great and unusual detective novel which is second to none.
M. G. Leonard is a writer of books, poems and screenplays. She has a first-class honours degree in English literature and an MA in Shakespeare Studies from Kings College London. She works in London as the Senior Digital Producer for the National Theatre, and previously worked at the Royal Opera House and Shakespeare’s Globe. She spent her early career in the music industry running Setanta Records, an independent record label, and managing bands, most notably The Divine Comedy. After leaving the music industry, she trained as an actor, dabbling in directing and producing as well as performing, before deciding to write her stories down. Maya lives in Brighton with her partner and two sons.