Yes, Sammy Keyes is for kiddies, but I've been reading her mysteries since I was the proper age for them, and I'm not about to give up on ol' Sammy no...moreYes, Sammy Keyes is for kiddies, but I've been reading her mysteries since I was the proper age for them, and I'm not about to give up on ol' Sammy now!
This one was very good. Not quiiiite up there with my favorites, but better than some. Just like "Sammy Keyes and the Cold, Hard Cash" involved lots of musings about money and its role in Sammy's life and in people's behavior, this book involved Sammy mulling over the theme of death and how bodies are treated after they die. It was all interesting because the inner workings of a funeral home were described but it wasn't too gross because it was for younger people. It was also timely because I just saw a creepy segment on "60 Minutes" about how the burial/cemetery industry is very unregulated and there are not the same kind of consumer protections that most businesses have.
I guess the only issue with this book is that, even though at the end of ALL the books, Sammy and her young friends pluckily hand some dangerous criminals their downfall, this one seemed a little more preposterous than most. Maybe it was because Sammy didn't somehow accidentally get mixed up in something, she repeatedly went looking for it of her own volition. Also, there wasn't a lot of tie-up after the crime, and there was an explanation but it was a little rushed and vague.
But that's my only issue. The Sammy Keyes series is entertaining, gripping, and VERY well-written. If you know any middle-school aged kids, especially girls who don't fit the stereotype of "girlie," this is definitely a series they should be reading. (less)
Poirot!! I liked this one a lot and it was very fun to read. The actual plot/mystery wasn't the most exciting ever compared to a lot of other ones. It...morePoirot!! I liked this one a lot and it was very fun to read. The actual plot/mystery wasn't the most exciting ever compared to a lot of other ones. It wasn't very scary or intricate. But it was a very enjoyable. It felt less uptight than some of the earlier ones. Agatha Christie popped in a lot of little clever judgments about people. Also, I sort of figured out some of the answers to the plot before they were revealed, which with Agatha Christie doesn't usually happen, so this was slightly less ingeniously plotted than some other ones. Overall I recommend it if you're looking for a quick Poirot fix. (less)