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Ayesha Dean - The Seville Secret

4.58  ·  Rating details ·  19 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 7th 2019 by Melby Rose Publishing
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Richard Twinch
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ayesha Dean and the Seville Secret
Melati Lum

Ayesha Dean can’t wait to move on to her next investigation following the dramas and dangers of the Istanbul Intrigue. Undeterred, her passion for becoming a detective is undiminished – rather enhanced – as she heads off to Seville for a ‘holiday’ with her close friends Sara and Jess under the not-very-watchful eye of her guardian uncle. In ‘Ayesha Dean and the Seville Secret’ the author Melati Lum, a lawyer, has drawn out the characters . Ayesha is a
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the second middle grade mystery story for globe trotting sleuth, Ayesha Dean, and much like her first adventure in Istanbul, this Spanish setting is infused with rich history, delicious food, relatable characters and quick paced action.  


Once again Ayesha and her two friends Jess and Sara are tagging along on a business trip with Uncle Dave, Ayesha's uncle who has raised her since her parent's passing.  As they wait in line to board the final flight of their lengthy journey from
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Some of my earliest reading memories surround books like Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys. They leave such a potent nostalgia in me and I'm not sure if that's where my love of reading started but it definitely played a HUGE role. When I was young I would do my best to collect as many books from both series as I could, and my younger brother and I formed a type of comradery while sharing their stories.
I haven't picked up a Nancy Drew (or Hardy Boys) mystery in years. However, all of the nostalgia as
Apr 08, 2019 added it
Shelves: muslim-reads
The Seville Secret is the second installment in the Ayesha Dean middle grade series by Melati Lum. It follows Ayesha, a hijabi Australian teenager, as she travels and solves mysteries with her friends.

In The Seville Secret, Ayesha goes with friends Jess and Sara and her Uncle David to Spain. He has business to attend to while the girls go on holiday. On the plane, they meet Kareem, who is going to Spain to look for his grandfather, who disappeared while studying some ancient jewels. Ayesha offer
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fresh from her adventures in Istanbul Ayesha Dean is ready for her next mystery. Ayesha along with her friends Sara and Jess and her uncle Dave is on her way to Seville, Spain when she meets Kareem. He is looking for his grandfather who has gone missing in Seville and Ayesha agrees to help him. Throw in a centuries old love story and a missing necklace, it's the perfect mystery for Ayesha. But, unfortunately it's not long before her investigation leads her to trouble.
Ayesha Dean is a young, ind
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It is so wonderful to read another adventure of Ayesha Dean, this time in the captivating region of Andalusia, rich in history and mystique, both of which are described beautifully by the author.

Ayesha again soon finds herself a mystery to solve with her two best friends involving a missing elderly man and an ancient diary, and the reader is taken on a thrilling ride through castles, museums and historical ruins as Ayesha and her friends piece together the clues to locate a priceless necklace a
Sahar Abdulaziz
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ayesha Dean and The Seville Secret, author Malati Lum’s newest YA novel, in the Ayesha Deen series: This story is about a young woman, Ayesha Dean, who wishes to one day become a detective. Throughout her distant global travels, she comes across people and places that hold many a dark secret. Being the curious sort and a natural sleuth, Ayesha engages her best friends to join her in solving the mystery, and lucky for her, her friends are equally as inquisitive and eager to get to the bottom of t ...more
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Melati Lum for sending me an eARC of her book in exchange for an honest review.
I am super excited to be part of this blog tour as I loved the first Ayesha Dean book and I can’t wait to read more of her adventures in the future!

This is the second book in the Ayesha Dean mystery series and I really loved this book even more than the first! I loved seeing how Ayesha, Sara and Jess develop from the first book and we got to see more of their interactions both while they’re solving the m
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed the second instalment of the Ayesha Dean series. I travelled through Seville last year and it was so wonderful to be reminded of the locations we visited once again through Ayesha's adventures.

The story is fun, intriguing and captivating, loved the plot, the mystery, and the dialogue between the 3 best friends. Perfect read for tweens, teens and older. Looking forward to the next instalment of Ayesha Dean!
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A new addition to the Ayesha Dean series. I think this is a fabulous series with an amazing protagonist, in Ayesha Dean, a young muslim girl who wants to be an investigator. She is kick ass and a strong young woman with an eclectic band of friends. Whilst this follows the same formula as the istanbul intrigue it moves to a different city (Seville). I found this book fascinating in its look at the moorish history of the andalusian region of spain. This a great crime series for Young adult readers ...more
Heather Austin
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It is a mystery worth of Nancy Drew and a writing style that is of reminiscent of her books, too. Ms. Lum also created a story that celebrates diversity. The characters are close to people of differing races and religions, and their friendships aren't ever questioned or brought up. They're friends; their looks or beliefs or backgrounds don't matter. Actions matter. I loved that. I highly recommend this book for teens and preteens.

I got to read this as an advance reade
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
I really liked this second instalment in the Ayesha Dean mystery series. The characters, again, were great and more developed. Each of them became more distinct, and interesting. I enjoyed the new side characters that Ayesha met this time in Seville.

The mystery was great! I liked the twists and turns, and it was actually kind of frightening, the things Ayesha was put through. I really enjoyed all the talk of Spanish history. I feel like researching even more.

I think that’s what’s most great abou
Kai Shek
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read Ayesha Dean the Seville Secret with my two older kids and they thoroughly loved it. My 9 year old daughter in particular was especially interested and it was primarily because Ayesha was someone so relatable to her. For once what she said, the cultural and religious nuance was something that she could pick up straight away. This cultural capital needs to be acknowledged, recognised and celebrated. It is a form of 'capital' that kids with migrant backgrounds need to be extremely proud of.  ...more
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book brought me back to my thirteen-year-old reading days when I used to read adventure stories. It was like I was back there, the suspense keeping me on the edge of my chair. The difference being, for the first time, the heroine of the story was a young Muslim girl. Being a Muslim myself, I am used to reading books where every character is of Anglo background. I love reading fiction, but I usually never feel as if I'm in the story myself. This time I felt I was in the story. I enjoyed how ...more
Papatia Feauxzar
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ayesha Dean — The Seville Secret is the next tome in the cozy mystery series of Australian author Melati Lum. Like Ayesha Dean – The Istanbul Intrigue , book two is also a pleasantly fast read. Ayesha and her friends Sara and Jessica befriend a young man whose grandpa is in trouble. Once in Spain, the girls lend the young man some help to resolve the mystery surrounding his family. This leads them to admire and discover the landmarks in the cities they sight-see, witness the culture and most imp ...more
Jules Fox
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The latest addition to the Ayesha Dean series follows our detective hero to Seville for some much needed vacation... that is until she meets a man on the airplane with a brand new mystery for her to solve, and she can't help but get involved. There is plenty of historical fiction thrown into the well-described imagery of the amazing setting.

There is much to like in this book, and it really gives you a taste of different cultures. The strong female lead is nice, and it provides great perspective
Perusing YA
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My blog, YA Book Corner, is part of the The Seville Secret Blog Tour. I'm so excited to finally share my review of this fantastic book by Melati Lum!

Melati Lum returns to the world of Ayesha Dean to take middle grade readers on a new, exciting adventure through Seville, Spain! The second book in the Ayesha Dean series is titled The Seville Secret and is just as thrilling and fun as its predecessor, The Istanbul Intrigue.

Ayesha Dean: The Seville Secret will appeal to anyone looking to explore be
Dildar Adamn
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Looking forward for my re adventures of Ayesha Dean.
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