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Madhattan Mystery

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  204 ratings  ·  65 reviews
All set to spend their summer in New York City with their aunt while their father is honeymooning with his new wife, Lexi and her younger brother Kevin's snoozy summer plans turn into high-stakes adventure when Lexi overhears a plot to steal Cleopatra's famous jewels from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Joining forces with budding investigative journalist Kim Ling Levine, ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published May 22nd 2012 by Walker Childrens
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Sherri Huntley
Apr 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
What a terriffic book for kids and young teens but even I enjoyed reading it. I am glad to have won this book from Goodreads and I am glad to share it with my teens! The book surrounds the mystery of the stolen Cleopatra jewels, two young tourists and a sassy New York teen. The plot is anything but straight forward, it keeps you interested as the group explores the theft as a result of a plot young Lexi overhears right after arriving in the city. The book highlights New York institutions such as ...more
Ranie Elias
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Humorous, mildly suspenseful and highly addictive! An overall enjoyable book for young readers, recommend by my adorable niece!
Suspense Magazine
Jun 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
“Madhattan Mystery” is the latest book written by author John Bonk. John does a good job of writing a mystery that while targeted to the younger fans, should be enjoyed by all that love mysteries.
Lexi and her younger brother Kevin are spending some time away from their small town. Because their father is away on his honeymoon, they stay with their aunt Roz in New York City. While in Grand Central Station, Lexi overhears a plot by two men to steal Cleopatra’s Jewels, which are going to be on dis
Jun 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Madhatten Mystery by John J. Bonk is the perfect mystery for young kids to seniors! This book sparkles with creativity and character.

I couldn't ask for better characters. Lexie and her younger brother, Kevin who live in the small town of Cold Springs, New York are shuttled off to New York. Lexie missed her mother and is suspicious of her new step mother. Her younger brother is started to regress to a younger age and she has taken up mothering him. They stay with their colorful Aunt Roz, an ex Ro
Daph (Loving Books)
Mar 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
In an adventerous story, Lexi and her brother Kevin find themselves in the middle of investigating a jewel theft instead of spending their time in day camp. With a very annoying, yet very smart journalist-to-be, they set off to follow up on the clues they found. Fueled with intrigue and humor, Bonk has written a story that sucked me in and will appeal to even the most reluctant reader.

I really liked this book! It was a really cute story, and a great middlegrade adventure without adding all sorts
Karen Arendt
Jun 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Lexi and Kevin visit their Aunt Roz while their dad goes on his honeymoon with his new wife, Clare. Their mom died several years ago; the reader learns about mom through Lexi’s memories. On their first day in NYC Lexi overhears two men discussing where to hide some stolen jewels. The next day Lexi sees that the Cleopatra Jewels were stolen from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Lexi and Kevin, along with their neighbor, Kim Ling, decide to investigate. Were the jewls really stolen or was it all ju ...more
Barbara Huskey
Apr 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I won this from the Goodreads First Reads Giveaway.

I really felt a little bad for winning this when it was meant for an audience 20 years younger than I am. I am so glad I did though! This was a fantastic book. I thoroughly enjoyed it! The characters were interesting, the dialogue was believable and well done. The pacing was good. I would recommend this book to anyone with kids who love to read, and any adults who still enjoy reading a good book regardless of target audience.

I was very impresse
Jun 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. What fun! It's the perfect summer read, and especially since this is my first summer in ten years that I'm not living in New York I absolutely loved walking the streets and seeing the sights of NYC with the characters. Bonk, who has the same agent as I do, has written a fun, madcap book that also has tons of heart. The characters are all spot-on, fully developed and fun to read about. He gracefully tackles some pretty serious topics like homelessness and the death of a parent ...more
Jun 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-a-day
Mysteries, stories, don't get much better than this newest title created by the mind of John J. Bonk. This middle grade read comes highly recommended for individuals or as a read-aloud. My full review at:
Apr 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
The adventures of Lexi McGill! Quick read with lots of fun moments. I wanted to love this book, but maybe I'm too old for it. The characters never really grabbed me, and I saw the plot twists coming a mile away.
Nancy Brown
Jan 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book. It takes place in New York City. Three kids get caught up in a crazy search for stolen jewels and have many mis-adventures along the way. Endearing characters and many twists and turns.
Sarvenaz Tash
Jun 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
My kind of MG: filled with humor, adventure, mystery...and a wonderfully zany ode to my favorite city, the one and only New York.
Aug 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Manhattan setting, spunky sleuths, an actress aunt and a mystery to be solved. And it's funny! Third to fifth graders.
Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens
This book immerses you in the wonder of New York City and the intrigue of a mind-boggling jewel theft.
Joan Marie
Mar 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great middle grade read with high stakes, intrigue, and the excitement of New York City! But then I'm partial to most things New York!
Hannah Belyea
Aug 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Staying with their actress of an aunt in the big city, Lexi and her little brother Kevin stumble upon a mystery involving stolen treasures from Cleopatra, and decide to team up with the rambunctious Kim Ling to solve the crime and earn the reward! Bonk delivers a witty mystery for young readers that will capture the hearts of kids with its lovable cast and enticing clue hunt. Can Lexi and her friends figure out the secret, or will their hunt end before it can even begin?
Barbara Hawley
Dec 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mg-fiction
Although geared to younger readers, this book held my attention and made me chortle throughout. Snarky Kim Ling was over the top, but memorable. I liked Lexi’s timid yet brave personality and her mothering way with Kevin, and the way she made peace with a new step-parent at the end. Creative twist with only 60 pages to go almost ‘had’ me, but phew, a satisfactory resolution!
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
this book put me on the edge of my seat. I recommend this book to any 4-5 graders who love mysteries.
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
this book has a great ending!
sooo cool
Katie Fitzgerald
While their father honeymoons with his new bride, Lexi and her little brother Kevin are staying with their Aunt Roz in Manhattan, where they are scheduled to attend a city summer camp. On the first day of the visit, in the Whispering Gallery at Grand Central Station, Lexi overhears two men discussing plans to steal some jewels. The next day, the jewel heist is all over the news! With some coaxing from her aunt’s neighbor, a Chinese-Jewish New York native named Kim Ling, Lexi decides to skip City ...more
Aug 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: library
Twelve-year-old Lexi and her nine-year-old brother, Kevin, have come to New York City to stay with Aunt Roz, an actress, and attend an urban summer camp. Shortly after arriving at Grand Central Station, Lexi overhears two men planning what sounds like a jewel heist. Although Lexi puts the conversation out of her mind for a while, when a newspaper article reports that gems purportedly belonging to Cleopatra have been stolen from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, she wonders if she really did hear t ...more
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
Tour the big apple with a group of unlikely friends as they try to solve the mystery of Cleopatra's missing jewels!

A mystery set in the heart of New York City, Madhattan Mystery will take readers on a wild goose chase with it's characters Lexi, Kevin and their new friend Kim. During a visit with their Aunt, Lexi over hears two men talking about jewels and where they're going to bury them at. Unsure of what to think about it, Lexi doesn't know what to do until the following morning when it's repo
Lexi and her brother Kevin are spending three weeks in New York while their father and his new wife, Clare, are on their honeymoon. Lexi is not in the mood for "City Camp," or really for anything--she still misses her mother, who died, and loathes Clare trying to take her place. Then Lexi overhears two men in Grand Central Station talking about hiding jewels, and then learns that a collection of Egyptian jewelry intended for the Metropolitan Museum has been stolen. When the police won't listen t ...more
Ms. Yingling
Jun 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
Lexie and her brother Kevin go to New York City to stay with their Aunt Roz, a budding older actress, while their father remarries. When standing in the whispering gallery of Grand Central Station, Lexi thinks she hears a crime discussed, and then the next morning reads the news that Cleopatra's jewels have been stolen. They meet Kim, their aunt's rather strange neighbor girl who is enrolled in the same summer camp they are. When camp ends six hours earlier than they thought, the three go on adv ...more
May 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Review originally posted

There is nothing I love more than a good mystery, and John J. Bonk definitely provided that with Madhattan Mystery. It was funny and cute, but also incredibly engaging with an exciting plot.

I loved the way the story unfolded in Madhattan Mystery. The pacing was well done and even though, clearly, three kids might not be able to solve this giant jewel heist, John J. Bonk did a great job of letting the reader suspend disbelief and ju
Jun 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Alexandra or Lexi as she likes to be called goes to New York with her brother Kevin. Their mother recently passed away and their father is on his honeymoon with his new wife in Europe. Their aunt Roxy is watching them for a few weeks. As they wait to eat at a restaurant, Lexi overhears two men talking about some stolen jewels. Kimmy, a girl that lives in the same building, drives Lexi and Kevin out of their comfort zone to try to find the stolen jewels.

The story sounded promising, but there wa
Mar 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Lexi and her brother Kevin are sent to spend Summer with their Aunt in NYC while their father leaves for a honeymoon with his new wife.
Although Lexi isn't expecting her stay to be perfect, things get turned upside down after she shares a secret related to Cleopatra's stolen jewels with her new frenemy Kim.

Before reading the book I've always wondered about the significance of "mad" in the title. Now I know and let me tell you it is not an understatement.

From the get go, Kim's hunger for adventure
Jul 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Lexi and her little brother Kevin are in New York City staying with there actress aunt while their father and new stepmother are off honeymooning in Europe. Immediately upon arriving in the city though Lexi overhears a plot involving stolen jewels from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. After the police don't believe her it's up to Lexi, her brother Kevin, and Kim Ling Levine, a girl who lives in their aunt's apartment building, to solve the crime and find the jewels. This is a story that's more th ...more
Memorable characters, a familiar setting, and a whole lot of mystery make for a very enjoyable ride. Lexi is a strong character in her own right, dealing with the death of her mom and taking care of her younger brother, but Kim Ling is New York at its finest. She is quick-witted, has a vocabulary NPR would be proud of, and she's Chinese-Jewish. It's pretty impossible not to love this girl. She wants to be an investigative journalist, and when Lexi overhears what might be a clue into a jewelry he ...more
Luanne Hatcher
Jul 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
What a fun read! Lexi and her younger brother, Kevin, are sent to NYC to stay with their Aunt Roz and attend a summer camp while Dad is honeymooning with his new bride. Lexi is bitter about having a stepmom. Their mom had passed away. Soon after meeting up with Roz, Lexi overhears two men discussing the Cleopatra's jewels and something about burying them. The next day it is reported on the news that the jewels had been stolen. Teaming up with Kimmie, Roz' neighbor, Lexie and Kevin form a dynamic ...more
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JOHN J. BONK is a former musical comedy performer turned author, who has hung up his tap shoes and devotes his time these days to “performing on the page.” He is the author of Madhattan Mystery, (2012, Walker/Bloomsbury) a madcap middle-grade adventure novel which Booklist calls "A delight in every way" and gives a starred review! He has also written the comic MG novel, Dustin Grubbs: One-Man Show ...more