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The Guggenheim Mystery

(London Eye Mystery #2)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  946 ratings  ·  98 reviews
My name is Ted Spark. I am 12 years and 281 days old. I have seven friends.

Three months ago, I solved the mystery of how my cousin Salim disappeared from a pod on the London Eye.

This is the story of my second mystery.

This summer, I went on holiday to New York, to visit Aunt Gloria and Salim. While I was there, a painting was stolen from the Guggenheim Museum, where Aunt Gl
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Published July 31st 2017 by Puffin
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Yazzy Totally!!! I think that Robin Stevens should have been more careful with this novel as some of the things it says were proven wrong in the same book. …moreTotally!!! I think that Robin Stevens should have been more careful with this novel as some of the things it says were proven wrong in the same book. I still love her way of writing though: she is a truly inspirational author.(less)

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Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: r2017, stars-4-0
I found this book through Robin Stevens. Her Murder Most Unladylike series is one of my favourite, and when I heard she had taken over the mantle for Siobhan Dowd, I was intrigued. Queue getting the first book, The London Eye Mystery, written by the late author, featuring a 12-year old boy with Asperger’s who finds himself in the middle of a puzzling case, namely the disappearance of his cousin.

To write a book is a daunting job in itself, but this must be even harder when trying to continue some
Ivonne Rovira
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of the offbeat
The late Siobhan Dowd wrote a fabulous middle-grade mystery in The London Eye Mystery, longlisted for the Carnegie Medal, one sure to appeal to readers of any age. The sequel, The Guggenheim Mystery, written by Robin Stevens, while not as suspenseful as The London Eye, still proves an excellent read.

Set in the summer after The London Eye, The Guggenheim Mystery narrates how 12-year-old Ted Sparks, older sister Kat and their mother Faith cross the Atlantic to visit Faith’s sister Gloria McCloud a
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Robin Stevens has done a great service to the memory of Siobhan Dowd, an excellent rendering of the original characterisation of The London Eye Mystery; and a fabulous story that I thoroughly enjoyed reading to my 11 year old.
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a great story and it is clear that the author studied on what the wjole world she created in this story was actually like in real life. To all the Brits out there i am sure you can agree how close to home all the British food references were great
Oda Renate
Just can not stand the protagonist.
Brona's Books
Nov 15, 2017 rated it liked it
The Guggenheim Mystery is the follow up story to Siobhan Dowd's 2007 The London Eye Mystery. Dowd sadly died of cancer at the end of 2007. She had been contracted to write two Ted Spark mysteries, but other than selecting the title of book two, she died before planning any of it.

The Siobhan Dowd Trust (established by Siobhan herself in her dying days) set out to find someone to finish her stories. Patrick Ness took over the half conceived A Monster Calls while Robin Stevens was given a title!

Lauren James
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ukya
I loved this. Robin has done an incredible job of continuing Siobhan's story without simply mimicking it. She's brought her own flair to the story, while adding even more depth to the brilliant characters of THE LONDON EYE MYSTERY. Ted has one of the most unique voices in fiction, and it's a pleasure to see the world through his eyes. I hope there are many more in this series.
Kathy Martin
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ted, Kat and Salim solve their second mystery when Salim's mother is accused of stealing an important painting by Kandinsky from her new job at the Guggenheim Museum. Ted, Kat, and their mother are visiting in New York City which is a very stressful thing for Ted. Being autistic, he is better if he can stay in familiar surroundings. He is also concerned that people aren't staying the same. Kat and Salim seem to be communicating from London to New York and leaving him out. He's wondering if Salim ...more
Amy (Golden Books Girl)
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In the long-awaited sequel to the London Eye Mystery (written by Robin Stevens on behalf of Siobhan Dowd and her Trust), protagonist Ted sets off to New York and soon finds himself with a new case to solve when a painting is stolen from the Guggenheim Museum and his Aunt Gloria is accused. Ted is one of my favourite narrators and characters of all time and I was really worried before reading that his voice wouldn`t be the same, but he was in the safest of hands with Robin as if anything, I adore ...more
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, ya, young-adult
Ted, Kat and their mom are in New York to visit Aunt Gloria and Salim. Aunt Gloria works at the Guggenheim Museum, and when she is accused of stealing a priceless painting, the three kids are determined to investigate and exonerate her.

Having enjoyed the first book so much, I had to read the follow-up of course, but it was only when I was puzzling over why the authors were different that I discovered that Siobhan Dowd, the creator of Ted, Kat and Salim, died of cancer shortly after The London Ey
Karen Barber
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Robin Stevens for taking on the challenge of continuing to write Ted’s adventures.
When Ted goes with his mother and sister to New York he is nervous about what the trip will entail. He is happy to visit The Guggenheim museum but things take a dramatic turn when a priceless Kandinsky painting is stolen, and Ted’s Aunt Gloria is arrested for its theft.
What follows is a wonderful exercise in problem solving as Ted, Kat and Salim do what they can to solve the mystery. Stevens’s own interes
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Guggenheim mystery by Robin stevens is a book following on from the book The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd. It is focused of the viewpoint of Ted Spark a boy who is very smart and solved the London Eye Mystery with his sister Kat. However, this time a painting goes mysteriously missing, stolen, and there Aunt Gloria is to blame (as she works at the guggenheim where the painting went missing). In order to prove Aunt Gloria, Ted, Kat and Salim must find the real person who stole the paiti ...more
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I owe this book an apology, as I kept getting waylaid by others in-between!

I began this book with my Year 6 Book Club and they also thoroughly enjoyed this brilliant mystery. Robin has written a beautifully fitting tribute to Siobhan's work in taking her characters on their next adventure.

Well-plotted, full of adventure and great characterisation. Highly enjoyable.
Suzanne Maley
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I think Siobhan Dowd would be happy with Robin Stevens’ sequel to the London Eye Mystery. I especially enjoyed reading about all the patterns and connections that Ted discovered.
Jun 28, 2020 rated it liked it
When I stared reading 'The Guggenheim mystery' I wasn't that into the characters and the plot but when the twist took place I refused to put it down. Every single person in the novel has their own book-worthy back story but none of those even compare to the main mystery...
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
The kind of book I like!
Mistery, suspense and art!:)
I loved this book! It was wonderful. I am a ginormous Robin Stevens fan, her series Murder Most Unladylike is one I just adore reading and I always look forward to the new Wells and Wong mystery. With ‘The Guggenheim Mystery’, Robin Stevens has taken characters originally created by Siobhan Dowd in ‘The London Eye Mystery’ and written a brand new utterly captivating mystery. I haven’t read ‘The London Eye Mystery’, although I’ve always meant too, so I can honestly say you can still enjoy Guggenh ...more
Alyce Hunt
A delightful tribute to Siobhan Dowd, the author who was supposed to write The Guggenheim Mystery. I'm writing a full review of this later in the week, but I have to say: if you loved The London Eye Mystery, trust Robin Stevens and give this sequel a go. If you didn't know better, it would be impossible to guess that they were written by different authors.

EDIT 12/02/2018:

When we rejoin the Sparks three months have passed and Ted, Kat and their mother are heading to America to visit Aunt Gloria a
Bruce Gargoyle
I received a copy of this title from the publisher via Netgalley.

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Ted and Kat and their mother are off to New York to visit their cousin Salim (he of the mysterious London Eye vanishing act) and Aunt Gloria, who works at the Guggenheim. When a famous painting is stolen while the family are in the building and Aunt Gloria is mistakenly accused of the crime, Ted must pull on his detective hat once again (metaphorically speaking, of course) and solve the mystery before Aunt Glori
I enjoyed meeting Ted Spark in the previous book, The London Eye Mystery, which takes place in London where the Starks live so it was interesting to see what would happen when he visited New York City with his mother and sister Kat. After all, travel and new surrounds are challenging for someone with Asperger's syndrome. I wondered how he'd cope with this very busy city and its environs. The Brits join Ted's aunt Gloria and cousin Salim for a tour of the Guggenheim Museum where she works. Ted is ...more
Beth Schmelzer
I loved Ted Spark from the moment I heard his voice on an audio version of The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd. Then I went looking for more books by this exemplary author. How disappointing to find she had died and there would be no more MG mysteries with Ted as the star. Until...Robin Stevens, one of my favorite authors, was picked to write the sequel. The Guggenheim Mystery lives up to the first book. I highly recommend this book to any readers who love children's mysteries. And I recommen ...more
Lydia Hephzibah
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When The London Eye Mystery came out, I absolutely devoured it. I read it several times, each as magical as the last, and I was gutted when Siobhan Dowd died a few months after it was published. Last year, Robin Stevens wrote this sequel based on Dowd's idea, and it is simply stunning. I couldn't tell that the books were written by two different people: it was absolutely a perfect continuation of the first book. Same characters, new mystery.

Ted Sparks is on of my favourite YA protagonists, a 12-
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The characters created by the late Siobhan Dowd in The London Eye Mystery take on a second adventure under a new author. Stevens does a wonderful job in continuing the story of twelve year old twins Kat and Ted and their cousin Salim. Ted is a young man with a form of Asperger’s whose mind works differently than most. Ted is interested in patterns which make him an ideal detective, almost like a young Sherlock Holmes. The twins and their mother are visiting their Aunt Gloria and cousin Salim who ...more
Jul 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
If I’m honest I found this a bit of a struggle to get into. Don’t get me wrong, I can undoubtedly appreciate this concept: an art theft at the Guggenheim, a wrongfully framed aunt and a race against time for Ted Sparks, his sister Kat, and cousin Salim to solve the mystery. I also liked (as Stevens always does well) how real-life issues are made relatable to the target audience like Kat and her GCSEs, as well as teaching kids it’s important to accept people’s differences. What I wasn’t too keen ...more
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a children's mystery. The point-of-view hero is a 12-year-old boy, and he worked to solve the mystery along with his older sister and his cousin. He's well informed, very observant, and good at reasoning things out, but he has trouble dealing with new or unusual situations. He doesn't think or act quite like other kids. He had trouble coping with being in New York City when he normally lives in London.

The kids asked questions in a reasonable way and looked at sources that might not
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
It's a risky business for a second writer to step into the shoes left when a previous author dies suddenly. Stevens succeeds quite well. Perhaps it helped that in this case, Dowd had only left a title for her next book. Stevens was free to develop the plot as she desired. Also, more than 10 years have passed since "The London Eye Mystery" was published. Most readers, like me, won't have read the first book recently, and while we have fond memories of the original, we may not closely remember det ...more
Jane Irish Nelson
Really enjoyed this sequel to The London Eye Mystery. This time Ted and Kat Spark, along with their mother, Faith, are visiting Faith's sister Gloria and her son Salim in New York City. Because of his syndrome, Ted is nervous and afraid of going somewhere unfamiliar, but he is very interested in the building occupied by the Guggenheim Museum, where his aunt Gloria works as a curator. The museum happens to be closed while a new show is being installed, but during their visit, a priceless painting ...more
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a wonderful sequel to the brilliant London Eye Mystery.

Ted and Kat are visiting their Aunt Gloria and cousin Salim in New York but a valuable painting goes missing at The Guggenheim Museum where Aunt Gloria works and she is being framed. It is up to Ted, Kat and Salim to solve the mystery to save her from going to jail.

This was a very good follow up to The London Eye Mystery and you would have hardly noticed that is was by a different author which is a testament to Robin Stevens who cle
Netra Easwaran
Dec 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ela-grade-8
When a Kandinsky painting is stolen from the Guggenheim museum, young Ted Sparks, an amateur detective must work in cahoots with his sister Kat and cousin Salim to solve the mystery. Written using simple yet effective narration, a thrilling plot of crime, mystery, and deceit are woven throughout the story. Ted's experience with autism and anxiety are beautifully integrated through the story in a manner allowing readers to comprehend his inner challenges and develop a sense of sympathy with the p ...more
Oct 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ted Spark is one of my favorite fictional narrators, so I was delighted that Robin Stevens' took on the task of writingSiobhan Dowd's proposed followup to The London Eye Mystery. While Ted's thoughts about weather tied in more tightly to that mystery than his thoughts about patterns and light in this one and the main characters found all the people they wanted to question too easily, it's still a rollicking fun mystery and I enjoy Ted's continuing character arc. I wish there were to be more! ...more
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