Literary crooks are brought to book

Mexborough Montagu Junior School pupil Egan Hawkins, aged ten, takes part in the homicide mystery event at Mexborough School and Specialist Scince College.
Mexborough Montagu Junior School pupil Egan Hawkins, aged ten, takes part in the homicide mystery event at Mexborough School and Specialist Scince College.
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IT was a case of CSI Mexborough for these youngsters, taking part in a scheme to help get children interested in books.

The kids took part in a murder mystery game at Mexborough School library, run as part of this year’s Doncaster Book Awards.

Clues and characters in the game were based on books on the shortlist for this year’s book award.

Pupils taking part dusted for fingerprints, did tests using fake blood, and used magnifying glasses to try to find out who the killer was in a day full of activities.

This year’s winning book in the awards has been named as The Thornethwaite Inheritance, a dark comedy about twins, by Gareth P Jones.

It was named the winner at a glittering awards ceremony held at Doncaster Racecourse, and attended by more than 300 children.