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Murray, pigeon private investigator, is looking for the quiet life… but trouble is looking for him. Longlisted for the UKLA Book Awards 2018

Pigeon private investigator Murray just wants to take things easy, but when kind-hearted Vee starts to sing like a canary (after all, she is a canary) he can't hold out. Murray agrees to find the feather thief who has kidnapped her friends, but his change of heart comes too late: now Vee herself has gone missing. Can Murray find the mysterious feather thief and save his new friend, or is her goose cooked?


It won’t be a mystery when this highly enjoyable picture book disappears from your shelves.

Booklist, starred review

Pigeon P.I. demands from the very first word that you channel your inner Humphrey Bogart and give it the full film noir voiceover effect... A cracking read.

Glasgow Herald

This story of mystery and friendship presented in McLaren's intricate visual style will delight both children and adults as they discover the hidden details and jokes within each illustration


Highly original and lots of fun, Meg McLaren’s second picture book is full of jokes, verbal and visual, that will entertain readers of all ages

Andrea Reece, Lovereading4Kids

Jokes abound... not one to miss

Books for Keeps

A brilliant book... the plot is fast-moving and exciting


Behold! A new crime fighting duo extraordinaire!

The Book Sniffer

A hugely enjoyable detective story, full of drama and jokes, which children will love

Library Mice

A wildly dramatic, hugely entertaining piece of detective fiction

Picture Books Blogger

Meg McLaren's winning piece of detective fiction is bound to make you cackle.

Red Reading Hub

A fantastic book

Kaiden Smith, age 5, for lovereading4Kids.co.uk

Funny and exciting

Ethan Watkin, age 9, for lovereading4Kids.co.uk

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Formats & editions

  • Hardback


    June 19, 2017


    40 pages

    RRP $29.99

    Online retailers

    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop

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