Sam Jasper is not a “scream-and-wet-pants” kind of girl...

It began with a set of strange clues hidden in an Art Deco powder compact. Clues left by Sam Jasper’s great-grandfather, John Jasper, who was an archaeologist in China just before the last war.

Having just lost her mother and feeling unwanted by her father, 12-year-old Sam decides to follow the clues in the hope that they will lead to John’s journal and then to treasure or to adventure.

But once in China, following the clues with the help of a local boy, Kai, Sam begins to realise that someone else is also searching for the journal, and he will stop at nothing to find it first.

For there is a lot more at stake than treasure, and Sam is in great danger as she uncovers crimes that go back to 1937 when Japan started bombing Shanghai.

Sam’s search is interspersed with John Jasper’s journal entries as he documents the last hurrah of Shanghai’s International Settlement before life changes forever with the invasion of the Japanese in 1941.

And both Sam and John must face treachery and peril as their quests connect across the years.

Take a breakneck ride through China both old and new

From decadence to internment, emperor to gangster, Dangerous Secrets! is packed with historical events and real-life characters

Du Yuesheng...

Businessman, Red Cross Director, hospital president, police commissioner... and Shanghai’s biggest crime boss!

The Dowager Empress of the Dragon Throne,
Ci Xi

Japanese invasion of Shanghai in 1941


“...a stonking read for all the family”

(Ben, aged 48)

...”the writing is so engaging, I can’t wait for the next one”

(Christine, aged 35)

...” very, very good. You have to keep reading to find out what happens next!”

(Emily, aged 10)

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