This was brilliant! It was my first Agatha Christie novel, but it probably won't be my last. I kept waiting for the "surprise" as to who done it, butThis was brilliant! It was my first Agatha Christie novel, but it probably won't be my last. I kept waiting for the "surprise" as to who done it, but I never would have guessed who it really was. Great book!...more
Steve is a detective...or rather, he wants to be a detective. This funny, fast-read is great for kids who love the idea of solving mysteries and dodgiSteve is a detective...or rather, he wants to be a detective. This funny, fast-read is great for kids who love the idea of solving mysteries and dodging secret service librarians (who are better than the FBI or CIA). When I read this book, I loved how the mystery story paid tribute to the Hardy Boys books. And, it made me laugh as much as the Great Brain books did. "Swell", this book is "swell!"...more
I love all of Georgette Heyer's romantic books (a Jane Austen-type romance) so I thought I would try one of her mysteries. It was pretty good. I did nI love all of Georgette Heyer's romantic books (a Jane Austen-type romance) so I thought I would try one of her mysteries. It was pretty good. I did not figure out who "did it" until about 10 pages from the end. I had a million suspicions, and not one of them was correct. I love it when the mystery is so well crafted that I am guessing. I think I might have to try another mystery again...although it might have to wait until I finish the rest of the library books I currently have checked out......more
Loved it! Then again, I loved Austenland and I love most anything by Shannon Hale. I also loved the hints of mystery similar to Northanger Abbey. ThisLoved it! Then again, I loved Austenland and I love most anything by Shannon Hale. I also loved the hints of mystery similar to Northanger Abbey. This book made me happy....more
This is the first in the Blossom Culp series. Basically Alexander is a young teen who lives in Illinois when street cars are the new form of transportThis is the first in the Blossom Culp series. Basically Alexander is a young teen who lives in Illinois when street cars are the new form of transportation in town. When his friend Blossom Culp lets him know that he is one of the few that can see ghosts and the like, and that there is a ghost living in the old barn behind his house, Alexander doesn't know what to believe. Then he sees the ghost...not once but multiple times. And the ghost wants him to save a whole street car full of people who will soon die if he doesn't go out and save them. With Richard Peck as the author it isn't surprising that this mix of history and mystery is crafted so well that even readers who are nervous of ghost stories will want to know what will happen....more
Kat Bishop is trying to be an average girl in an above average boarding school until she gets caught for something that she didn’t do. When she can’tKat Bishop is trying to be an average girl in an above average boarding school until she gets caught for something that she didn’t do. When she can’t prove that she didn’t drive the headmaster’s car on a water fountain she gets kicked out of school and sent back to a life she tried to escape from. She doesn’t want to be a professional thief like her family. Yet she finds herself going back to a life of crime when it is the only way to save her father. Now she has to not only outwit a deadly art collector, she has to figure out who would frame her father and just what she can do about it.
This is a fun book with just enough mystery, laughs, and action to keep readers flying through the pages. Kat is a great character who has a conscience even if many of those around her don’t. It is amusing to see her struggle with her emotions as she tries to figure out just what she feels for the cute (and extremely rich) Hale that is there to help her every step of the way. It’s like a fun Mission Impossible book only with art and teenagers. Quite a fun read for an evening at home....more
I liked the idea of this book. I liked why this book was created (good cause). But after reading about 30 of the author "statements" I felt like I wasI liked the idea of this book. I liked why this book was created (good cause). But after reading about 30 of the author "statements" I felt like I was reading similar things over and over and over again. And I still had 50 to go. I mostly kept going because I wanted to read specific author's pieces. But now that I read so many most of them blur together. I wanted to like this, I really did. And I did like bits of it...but with so much of it together it was just too much for me....more
Verity Boone is moving back to the town where she grew up. She hasn’t been back since she was sent away to live with relatives just after her mother pVerity Boone is moving back to the town where she grew up. She hasn’t been back since she was sent away to live with relatives just after her mother passed away. But this time she is going home to meet her fiancé, Nate who has been courting her through letters. However, life has a few surprises for her. First of all things are a little awkward with Nate. It is like he isn’t the man who she fell in love with. And she discovers that her mother and her aunt are buried in cages outside of the church consecrated cemetery. Everyone has something to say about what happened when her mother died…but nobody will tell Verity. With a very friendly doctor’s apprentice trying to steal her heart and a whole town full of secrets, Verity isn’t sure if coming home was a good idea. This is a refreshing historical novel with just enough mystery and a dash of romance. Readers will enjoy how Verity shows she is not one to be pushed aside (or frightened by a few rumors). But mostly this is a book about coming back, starting over and making a home. Those with a weak spot for historical romances or unusual mysteries will not want to miss this book....more
Shatterproof is the fourth book in the “Cahills vs. Vespers” series (a continuation of the “39 Clues” series). In this particular part of the adventurShatterproof is the fourth book in the “Cahills vs. Vespers” series (a continuation of the “39 Clues” series). In this particular part of the adventure Dan and Amy Cahill (brother and sister) have teamed up with brother duo Atticus and Jake, who are extremely smart and pretty good friends to boot (even if they aren’t part of the extensive Cahill family). Vesper One has captured seven Cahills and is holding them hostage unless Amy and Dan deliver some bizarre ransoms. Stealing a diamond from a museum and finding an ancient apology in Timbuktu being the challenges in this particular story. As with other books in this series, the pace and drama of the adventure are as exciting as ever. Readers will wonder how four teens/kids would even be able to accomplish the deeds that they do. And although there are a few clues as to where the hostages are (and what happens to one of them), readers still are left to wonder if Amy and Dan will be able to save them while trying to figure the greater puzzle of how to stop the Vespers from all their evil plans. Plus David Pittu did a fantastic job of reading this book. Kids will be able to distinguish between different characters (and there are so many) just by the tone and inflections of his voice. Readers will not only enjoy this Cahill adventure, they will want to listen to it all over again....more
Miss Penelope Lumley has her hands full once again. Even though the children were entirely provoked at the Christmas party, Lady Ashton still believesMiss Penelope Lumley has her hands full once again. Even though the children were entirely provoked at the Christmas party, Lady Ashton still believes that the Incorrigible Children are more trouble than they are worth. In an attempt to get out of the house (and to meet a friend in London) Miss Lumley suggests that she and the children take a trip to London. Only Lady Ashton has decided that she must go on a trip to London. And suddenly everything is all that more complicated. Miss Lumley tries to guide the children’s education as they learn all about the big city. But now she is sure that whatever caused the chaos at the Christmas party might have some darker motives concerning the children. For “the hunt is on” and Miss Lumley is pretty sure that the “hunt” will be for the children. And with full moons and mysterious howlings that come from someone other than the children…London turns out to be even more exciting than Miss Lumley has anticipated.
This is another fun story of the Incorrigible Children. However, I must confess that I think I like these books mostly because I love Miss Lumley. She is just such a dear and a trooper. And the mystery of who sabotaged the Christmas party is nothing compared to the mystery surrounding the hidden gallery. And there just might be werewolves involved in this story. All-in-all I liked the story but am now wanting more than ever to find out what is happening and who is after those Incorrigible Children. Good thing book three is ready and waiting for me to read. Although if the answers don’t come in that one, I will be ever so grateful when book four comes out later this month. As for the reading, it was great. I loved the voices and the subtle snarkiness that was given in the tone of the reading. And the way that Ms. Kellgren gave voice to Miss Lumley had me laugh out loud at parts. Even though the loose-ends of the wolfish mystery have me nearly tearing my hair out, I so enjoyed myself by listening to this audio recording that I nearly forgot to be annoyed at not actually finding anything out about the original mystery when instead I just had more of a mystery to puzzle over. This book and audio recording were seriously loads of fun. (Although I often wish the children’s howling/talk was just a bit louder. Sometimes it was tricky to hear while driving in my car.)...more
I didn't love this audio. It was too melodramatic for me. Plus I didn't love how the creepy music would come along after ALL the important parts and aI didn't love this audio. It was too melodramatic for me. Plus I didn't love how the creepy music would come along after ALL the important parts and a half-whispered "Yeeessss!" would be said. Just too much. And that was just the audio part. I did love the voices. Just not the production.
As for the story. I just couldn't get past the fact that it seemed like every other chapter the characters were about to die...then they somehow found their way out of a mess. Then they were about to die. Then they didn't. It was just a whole lot of back and forth and one of those times they probably should have just died. But it wouldn't make a good beginning to a series if the characters died to begin with. But still, if every challenge should have killed them...it seems like the odds are just a bit too good that they never really were stopped at all.
All that being said, I can see just who would like this book. And I'll be sure to recommend it to those library patrons in the future....more
This is another edition of “The Graphic Novel Adventures of Sherlock Homes.” This story is of Sherlock’s case of finding the missing Priory School boyThis is another edition of “The Graphic Novel Adventures of Sherlock Homes.” This story is of Sherlock’s case of finding the missing Priory School boy. Of course like any other Sherlock mystery this is a lot of observation of subtle clues ending with Sherlock and Watson solving the case and saving the day. At the beginning of the book there is a “Cast” of characters that help young readers identify which characters look like what. This is a great tool for those who are just learning how to read graphic novels and need to know each character by sight in order to completely understand the story. Also, there are thick black and white lines to separate each panel on the various spreads. This will also help novice graphic novel readers understand how each panel is the next piece of the story. There is also a “How to Draw Dr. John Watson” page and a glossary of potentially unfamiliar words. With Sherlock Holmes being quite the revived sensation, this is a good book for the younger readers to understand who this famous detective is and why he and Watson will always be a part of society’s culture....more