The Football Mystery

Widmark, Martin
Willis, Helena
Swedish title
The Whodunit Detective Agency
Children \ Fiction 6-9
Pub Date
May 16, 2018
96 pages, color illustrations 148x210 mm
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    Martin Widmark – “the children’s Agatha Christie” – is “the most popular Swedish children’s writer of the 21st century,” according to Västerbottens-Kuriren. “No top ten without a Widmark,” claims Boktoppen in Expressen. “If you want to kick-start a child’s enjoyment of reading, there is probably nothing that works better than placing a Lasse-Maja book in their hands,” Södermanlands Nyheter. “Widmark and Willis have created a completely unique atmosphere, with warmth and humour running throughout an ostensibly simple story,” Frida Lax, BTJ-journal.


It’s time for Lasse and Maja’s fourteenth case. Every year a very important football match is played in Valleby. The team from Valleby are to play the team from Solbacka. The silver shield is glittering in the sunlight, and the crowd cheer as the players run onto the pitch. Here comes Sister Mary from the school who is playing as in midfield with Muhammed Karat. And with Barbro Palm playing at full-back and the chief of police in goal, nothing can go wrong – can it? Particularly as the Valleby team’s new trainer, the postman Franco Bollo, has a background in professional football from Italy… Hasn’t he?