Kati Närhi
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132 pages, size 177 mm x 248 mm

The Black Marsh Mystery

Mustasuon mysteeri

Why do the sad girls, the mournettes, go missing from school?

The Black Marsh Mystery continues the story of the orphan girl Agnes. In this second instalment, Agnes is sent off to a boarding school because her grandmother has entered hospital and can no longer look after her. But Agnes’ new home is not just any school; the reader will soon find that there are plenty of secrets hidden within its walls. A curious Agnes investigates the oddities of the teaching staff, as well as why the despondent girls, known as the mournettes, are disappearing from the school.

Agnes already won our hearts in The Secrets of Fern Grove. Now she is fast on her way to becoming a first-class investigative detective, explorer and tightrope walker. Agnes is in her element when she can use her natural inquisitiveness and flights of fancy to fight cowardice and small-mindedness.


Awards and nominations

Shortlisted for the 2012 Graphic Novel Finlandia Prize


Reading materials

Finnish edition


Praise for the work

“Orphan girl Agnes is the Finnish teen version of Miss Marple. Skilfully executed, the lines speak to both children and adults alike. A charmingly twisted adventure.” – The Graphic Novel Finlandia Jury

The Black Marsh Mystery is an exemplary graphic novel for everyone, even comic novices: it is approachable, methodical and ridiculous – in a good way.” – Pohjalainen newspaper

“Kati Närhi seems to reinvent girl clichés in the latest of her series of azure-coloured expressive books.” –  Suomen Kuvalehti magazine

The Black Marsh Mystery is Kati Närhi’s sympathetic telling of an orphan named Agnes that ends up in a boarding school. Replete with outsized illustrations, it is a story that entertains children and adults alike.”  – Kirkko & Kaupunki newspaper