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Cora Flash and the Diamond of Madagascar

(Cora Flash #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  99 ratings  ·  33 reviews
If you are looking for an exciting new Kids Mystery Book Series, then look no further! Introducing Cora Flash! Cora Flash is ecstatic when she finally convinces her mom to let her take a train ride by herself to visit a relative in the mountains. Once on board, Cora meets a cast of intriguing characters, and stumbles upon her very own mystery: A valuable diamond has gone m ...more
Paperback, 182 pages
Published February 3rd 2012 by Brown PAW Press
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SA Krishnan
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very cute mystery story for children.

Cora is a pre-teen and she is traveling in the train for the first time all by herself, when a precious gem goes missing. The little Cora then takes it upon herself to solve the mystery.The story is fun and cute and it was amazing to watch Cora solve the mystery with all the tools she has. Loved it.
Aug 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Cora Flash and the Diamond of Madagascar is a middle-grade book reminiscent of the old black and white mystery movies. Cora is excited to be taking her first train ride. In fact, she's travelling alone for the first time, and she's making new friends. Then a priceless gem disappears and everyone is a suspect.

This is a great MG book that any kid would love. It even has a cute dog. Cora is smart and entertaining. I loved her creative use of social networking. And we don't even have to wait for the
Aug 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A fun mystery book for pre-teens. Even this mom loved reading it and pretending I was part of Cora Flash's friends. ...more
Aug 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Cora Flash and the Diamond of Madagascar  a middle school mystery thats breath of fresh air in a quagmire of books being targeted to our young readers. 

Do you remember the days when you would gather your friends up in main club house in the neighborhood, start handing out paper bags, notebooks, pencils magnifying glasses and give everyone the 411 on Mrs. Salendeski's missing cat? No? Seriously? You never had a great mystery you had to solve? I think I feel sorry for you! If you

Carol Caldwell
Cora is a brave kid, going on a two day train trip alone. Well, she isn't alone for long because she is a curious sort and makes friends with everyone she meets. It's a good mystery and story. Well written. ...more
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book!!!!!

I loved this book because I personally love mystery and adventure. This was all of that combine!!!!! I can't wait to read the second and third books!!!!!!
Sep 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun kids book that was a nice quick respite from being in the middle of an 8 book epic fantasy series.
Sep 05, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cora Flash and the Diamond of Madagascar is a pretty good book. I would give this book 3.6 stars. I would like to read the next book in the series.
Leni Iversen
Feb 11, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
Fun little mystery, but nothing special. Don't think we'll continue the series. Could be better proof-edited. ...more
Jul 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Fear not dear readers! This is not a form of naimeless procrastination against the impending doom of Singularity.

Really, I can justify this.
Singularity - one of the collaborative projects for the AGSM community gallery

One last thing before we begin.

WARNING , this review becomes an 'essay' on the influence of young adult fiction on the future, and where young adults will lead us in a ever-shrinking earth. Cora Flash is the future.

This review is also a bit of it's own
Aug 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Today for a little something different, Cora Flash from Cora Flash and the Diamond of Madagascar stopped by to interview me to find out my thoughts on the book. It's kind of like a review in an interview. Check it out and let me know your thoughts on the format.

Cora: What did you think of the setting of Cora Flash and the Diamond of Madagascar?

I loved it. I think it worked great for this novel. Train travel is just not used like it use to be so it is a novelty and really added something to the b
Jul 31, 2012 rated it liked it
In a word: Cute.

Cora flash is a middlegrade book about a curious little snipe name Cora who finds herself in a big adventure, and a whole lot of trouble, on her very first solo train ride to see her Uncle. A diamond has been stolen and only a handful of people in the dining car are suspects. All seem friendly, all seem incapable of such a dastardly dead! It's up to the Inspector, and of course Cora who has an unassuming presence and thus a useful perspective, to discover the truth behind the mis
Jul 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
For my complete review, please visit Perpetual Chaos of a Wandering Mind.

Cora Flash and the Diamond of Madagascar engages, entertains, and connects, but Tommy Davey carefully avoids condescending to his audience. He manages to address concerns of parents but still provides the sense of adventure kids are looking for. The mystery intrigues, the clues skillfully placed, the villain probably unexpected for a child, and the caper inventive and well-executed. He accomplishes all this, and a bit of pe
Anne Chaconas
Jul 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite books around the time I was 8 or 9 years old (and probably on through my awkward teenybopper years) were the books in the Encyclopedia Brown and Choose Your Own Adventure series. I have particularly fond memories of the Encyclopedia Brown mysteries, which I was invariably unable to solve, but which still entertained me to no end.

True to my younger self, I had a blast reading about the latest young girl sleuth to burst onto the scene: Tommy Davey’s very own Cora Flash.

Let’s begin by
Pooja (On books!)
Aug 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
When I was eleven years old, apart from waiting for a letter from Hogwarts, mysteries were definitely the rage! I grew up on a steady diet of Nancy Drew, Sammy Keyes and Hardy Boys and I'm sure I would've adored this independent, cell-phone toting and totally cute heroine! Cora Flash and the Diamond of Madagascar is a fun train heist mystery reminiscent of the classic Murder on the Orient Express. It's fast paced, clever and I loved that it was the kind of mystery I could solve along with Cora. ...more
Aug 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ever since she can remember, Cora Flash has found the idea of Topaz Mountain. Her uncle lives there and she's always wanted to visit him. When the opportunity arrives where she can do just that, her happiness knows no bounds. The best part of about taking a trip to see her uncle is the fact that she'll be taking it alone. Granted, her mother isn't too happy about that, but she's willing to give her little girl the chance to show that she really is growing up and that she's able to take care of h ...more
Jul 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Cora Flash and the Diamond of Madagascar is a fast paced, delightful read perfectly suited for children aged 9-13. The heroine, Cora, is traveling by train to visit her uncle on Topaz Mountain. This is Cora’s first train ride and also the first time she has been allowed to travel alone. During the trip Cora meets some interesting people: the newlyweds on their honeymoon, the college girl traveling to visit her father, the nervous man who keeps to himself and a friendly old woman and her dog who ...more
Jul 27, 2012 rated it liked it
A nod to Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express (without the murder of course), 11-year-old Cora Flash has her first adventure on a train when the priceless diamond of Madagascar disappears on-route. Travelling alone, Cora makes a few friends along the journey (including a cute puppy!) and with this colourful cast of suspects confined to the train, Cora helps the undercover Inspector to solve the case before the train arrives at its final destination and the diamond is lost forever.

Emily L. Moir-Genther
I signed on for this tour because I was seeking out new reading material for my eight-year-old niece. I decided to read through the book before handing it over to make sure it's appropriate reading material for her.

I was pleased to find that Cora Flash is a great fit for it's target audience.

The language is appropriate and civil. There isn't a parent (or pseudo-parent in my case) out there that needs their child learning more curse words and derogatory terms. They reach a certain age when it s
This was an amazing great read. Perfect book for a child to read. The editing and plot makes it interesting to help create a child’s imagination. This book would help a child to know that no matter what they can achieve anything, they just need to think and use there mind to figure something out.

Cora, is an eleven year old on a train ride to visit her uncle at Topaz Mountain. During the trip a priceless diamond is stolen. The culprit is someone that is hard to figure out until the end.

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Barbara Ann
May 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Cora is a spunky preteen who is traveling alone for the first time on a overnight train from the city to Topaz Mountain to spend some time in the country with her Uncle Andre. She meets a colorful cast of characters including a single woman, Mrs. Bronwyn, and her dog, Calvin. Almost immediately she notices a man named Mr. Sloane, who is being overprotective of a silver briefcase that he does not let out of his sight. It turns out that he has good reason for that because Mr. Sloane is carrying a ...more
Melissa Storm
If an author’s done his job right, sometimes the line between the story and the character is very blurry. In the case of Ms. Cora Flash, I’d venture to say it’s invisible!

To that end, I’d like to review the character herself to show you just how awesome this book series is…

Cora Flash is awesome, because:

1. At just 11 years old, she’s already a world-class detective
2. From ice cream cones to root beer floats to a giant bag of candy, the girl’s got a sweet tooth
3. She sees the good in everyone but
Crystal ✬ Lost in Storyland
This is a really cheesy read. The characters talk really politely, and Cora is quickly accepted and treated like one of the adults. The smiles are cheesy, and the yelling and angriness that erupts after the diamond is found missing is really cheesy. Some of the things that take place are also borderline ubelievable. However, it all works out for this novel. As Cora mentions, trains remind you of the old movies where exciting, incredible things take place on trains, and the whole cheesiness lends ...more
Ruth Hill
Aug 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, e-books
Ready for a young adult, clean mystery that is suitable for your kids? This is definitely the book for you! This is an easy-to-read book written in a simple style, but it will keep your interest until the end. The main character is an 11-year-old named Cora Flash, and she will definitely resonate with the young adults and kids who read this book.

The book is full of fun characters and even a dog. Even the venue of the book will entice kids because I would doubt that most of this generation have
Jul 26, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens, mystery
A cute idea, Cora Flash and the Diamond of Madagascar is a cross between Nancy Drew and Encyclopedia Brown. The biggest difference for me was that Cora, unlike Nancy Drew, is close in age to the intended audience making it even easier for the readers to connect with her even as they’re scrambling to try and solve the mystery before her. (It’s too much fun to let the detectives solve the mysteries!)

Using the old train heist mystery as the setting, Davies sets up a fun mystery that’ll keep the rea
Aug 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Cora Flash and the Diamond of Madagascar is the adorable, middle-grade tale that will have you reminisce of the days when you curled up with your favorite Nancy Drew and a flashlight.

While on her first train trip by herself to visit her Uncle Andre, Cora meets a cast of characters, and a cute little dog by the name of Calvin, that band together to solve the mystery of the stolen Diamond of Madagascar.

This book was such a delight to read an reminded me so much of the books that I read when I was
Gina Hott
Aug 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-8-girls, 9-14-girls
Cora Flash and the Diamond of Madagascar is an amazing book!
I think it’s an adorable mystery that many – boys and girls of all ages – will find intriguing and fun. I love the characters and the plot. I especially loved how Cora walked us through the train. Her experiences and descriptions are spellbinding plus she gives us a great setting for the mystery to come and details the many different aspects of riding a train that most will never experience. The plot was terrific, even though I suspecte
A little bit of Penny, from Inspector Gadget, combined with a younger Nancy Drew; Cora is a precocious 11 year-old girl with a knack for solving crime.

This was a fun, straightforward read for kids 8+. It reads very much like vintage kids' mystery, with a modern kick, even including her little dog sidekick, Calvin (tiny, but smarter than he seems for a dog).

I look forward to reading about the rest of her clever, mock-Agatha Christie adventures.
Brenda E Stephens
Great beginning, great middle and a surprising really funny end.

The characters draw you in from the first paragraph. Once you think you solved the puzzle, think again! I couldn't put it down til I read the preview of the next book so be prepared to get caught up in the story line. Well written and wittily told.
The cover is cute and the premise is decent, but the dialogue is awkward and the solution was, in my opinion, a bit too obvious. As much as I wanted to like this one, I just didn't find it very engaging. ...more
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Tommy Davey spent his youth writing mystery stories and plays, and watching reruns of Three's Company until every line of dialogue was permanently burned into his memory. When not writing, he enjoys traveling to favorite destinations including New York City and Paris, which he plans to feature in future stories. He lives in Toronto, where he was born and raised, with a Norfolk Terrier named Calvin ...more

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