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'The Mystery of the Missing Artefact' follows the adventures of young teenager, Josephine Mary Cresswell, during the1950s in New Zealand.

While researching her family history, Josephine discovers her connections to local Maori and to a famous warrior, Tama Te Kapua, whose bones lie buried at the summit of the sacred Moehau Mountain. Strange things begin to happen when Josephine seeks to unravel the mystery of the missing artefact and uncovers an ancient curse which has haunted her family for many years. With the help of her friends Tommy, Tamati and Egypt, Josephine unravels a trail of clues leading to a sunken vessel off Cuvier Island.


A riveting mystery story with plenty of twists and turns, 'The Mystery of the Missing Artefact' will appeal to readers 10-15 years and to adults who enjoy the nostalgia of a by-gone era.


This book is the second in the trilogy The Adventures of Josephine Mary Cresswell, the first being Danger at Devil's Cove which won a Gold Medal Award at the New Zealand Pride in Print awards 2010, also set post World War Two, on the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula.


Whilst 'The Mystery of the Missing Artefact' is a fictional story, it contains references to actual events and places. A summary of historical and natural information and a glossary of Maori words may be found at the back of the book.

The Mystery of The Missing Artefact


Format: Paperback

Design: Matte laminated cover with French flaps

Pages: 204

Dimensions: 13.5cm x 21cm

ISBN: 978-0-473-21293-3

Publisher: Arthur Publishing House

Publication Date: April 2012

Series: The Adventures of Josephine Mary Cresswell, Book Two

Accompanying teacher's notes are available on purchase.

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