Kate Pankhurst spends her days illustrating and writing for children. She has a great passion for drawing snails, peculiar people, dogs, monsters, and super sleuth-y girl detectives. Her work has been featured in stories by authors such as Judy Blume, Steve Hartley, and Julia Jarmon.
"Kate Pankhurst's series would be a great introduction to mysteries
for young readers."
--Library Media Connection
"No mystery is too complicated for Mariella, whether it's a fog that causes bad hair, a potentially haunted stuffed poodle at the museum, or a pasta-loving yeti in the woods. Tips for would-be detectives, case notes, and black-and-white doodles pepper these slender chapter books. Newly independent readers will enjoy the exploits of this private eye with pizzazz."
--School Library Journal, June 2015
"Sweet, solid choices for those making their first forays into chapter books." - School Library Journal, October 2014