Three Pickled Herrings

Book Two

Wings & Co. Wings & Co.

Sally Gardner; Illustrations by David Roberts

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

At the Wings & Co. Fairy Detective Agency, Emily Vole and her friends are beginning to worry. It's been five months since their official opening, and they haven't had a single case! Then local landowner Sir Walter Cross dies in sudden and mysterious circumstances, and his case arrives right on their doorstep. And soon the detectives hear more baffling news: Mr. Rollo the tailor has mysteriously lost everything, and Pan Smith's wedding plans have been ruined the night before her big day. Now Wings & Co. has not one, but three pickled herrings to solve! Can they figure out who is stealing people's luck before things go too far?


Read an Excerpt

Chapter One


Mrs. Fosset was on the first-floor landing, duster in hand, when the clock in the hall started to chime.

“Nine o’clock,” she said out loud to the curtains and the chair.

From the window she watched her employer, Sir Walter Cross. He was at the bottom of the garden by the frozen duck pond, feeding his ducks. As always, he was standing by the old weeping willow, which this morning had a layer of frost over its branches. Doughnut, his faithful miniature dachshund, was jumping up and down and barking, the funny little thing.




Praise for Three Pickled Herrings

Praise for Operation Bunny:

* "Gardner and Roberts are a wickedly fun pairing. . . . Watching Emily grow from Cinderella-style servant to determined detective-in-training is delightful." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

* "A big step up from the normal chapter-book fare. . . . Readers looking for chapter books on the long side will look forward to more magical cases." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"If you like mind-boggling adventures filled with brilliant illustrations and strange talking animals, then do not hesitate to pick up this brilliant book." —The Guardian

"This brims with quirky charm reminiscent of Eva Ibbotson, Joan Aiken and early JK Rowling." —The Times

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  • Sally Gardner; Illustrations by David Roberts

  • Sally Gardner is an award-winning novelist from London. Her books have been translated into twenty-two languages and she has sold over two million copies in the U.K. Called an “idiosyncratic genius” by The Sunday Times, Sally is the author of the acclaimed Magical Children series as well as many novels for teens, including The Double Shadow, Maggot Moon, and I, Coriander.

    David Roberts is a bestselling British artist who has illustrated many beautiful books for children. He holds a degree in fashion design from Manchester Metropolitan University and worked various jobs before becoming a children’s book illustrator.

  • Sally Gardner


Available Formats and Book Details

Three Pickled Herrings

Book Two

Wings & Co.

Sally Gardner; Illustrations by David Roberts