More mystery madness

Hi there everybody, here in this additional post I have for your pleasure a couple of mystery series I tumbled into. The heroes in these reads have funny and fascinating qualities that make them ideal young sleuths!! Hope you enjoy them!!

Titles: Absolutely Truly and Yours Truly

Author: Heather Vogel Frederick

Genre: Fiction – contemporary

Publication details: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; NY, 2014 & 2017

What these books are about:  At almost six-foot tall, 12-year-old Truly Lovegood stands out in a crowd whether she likes it or not. (She doesn’t). So when her family moves to teeny-tiny, super-boring Pumpkin Falls, New Hampshire, Truly doesn’t stand a chance of blending in. In the first book while Truly is helping out at the family bookstore, she finds a mysterious letter inside an old copy of Charlotte’s Web. Pretty soon Truly and her new friends are chasing clues on a madcap treasure hunt around town. The second book finds Truly and her friends, the Pumpkin Falls Private Eyes, investigating the sabotage of maple trees on the Franklins’ family farm. 

My review: Another blockbuster of a series by Heather Vogel Frederick!! Quite funny in places, with memorable characters, these stories are an exceptional read. I really loved it. Our lead character, giantess Truly, tells the story in her voice and paints a vividly descriptive picture of her move to her grandparents town and how her family took over the bookstore. With both books, the readers are plunged into non-stop action along with some good-old middle grade drama thrown in the mix. I loved the whole literary element that runs through it all and the beginnings of teen romance in the second story!! A great set of books for mystery lovers of all ages!!

My rating: 5 ⭐

The London Eye Mystery red and black letters along pole under London Eye Siobhan Dowd on other pole. boy and girl looking up from underneath. Big Ben and Westminister in left corner. plane overhead between spokes of Eye.
A fascinating story

Title: The London Eye Mystery

Author: Siobhan Dowd

Genre: Fiction – contemporary

Publication details: Penguin Random House; UK, 2016

Publisher description: At 11:32 in the morning Ted and his sister, Kat, watch their cousin Salim board the London Eye. Half an hour later the pod lands and the doors open. Everyone exits the pod, except for Salim. No one has seen him anywhere and the police are even baffled. So it’s up to Ted, whose brain runs on its own unique operating system, to solve this mystery. Together with Kat, Ted follows a trail of clues across London – while time ticks dangerously by…

My review: What an awesome story!! Gripping, spectacular and exhilarating!! Along with Ted and Kat this story had some memorable characters with unique personalities. Loved Ted and his fascinating brain!! The mystery took me from one end of London to another and it felt as if I was racing alongside the brother and sister duo to find Salim. The notes at the end told me of Siobhan Dowd’s passing away so young from cancer and the sadness I felt overwhelmed me for some time. However, her legacy in her words I know will make her memorable for generations to come. 

My rating: 5 ⭐

Additional notes: This title has won the Dolly Gray Children’s Literature Award in 2010, the Cybils Award for Middle Grade Fiction in 2008, and nominated for the Carnegie Medal in 2008. 

The Guggenheim Mystery red letters wrapped around top of Guggenheim Museum Robin Stevens across on straight edge below. people below on street. smoke billowing out from front. orange sky and skyline at middle right.
A fascinating read

Title: The Guggenheim Mystery

Author: Robin Stevens

Genre: Fiction – contemporary

Publication details: Puffin Books; UK, 2017

What this book is about: The long awaited sequel to The London Eye Mystery. When Ted Spark finds out he is going to New York to visit his Aunt Gloria and cousin Salim, he is not sure how to feel about it. Ted isn’t very good with change. But when he arrives at the world famous Guggenheim Museum, where Aunt Gloria works, Ted begins to change his mind. The museum is full of interesting patterns and shapes. Then a very valuable painting is stolen from the Guggenheim – and Aunt Gloria is arrested for the crime. With help from his sister Kat, and Salim, Ted must use his unique way of looking at the world to search New York, solve the mystery and find the painting… before it’s too late. 

My review: Wow!! Another rollercoaster ride of a read from Robin Stevens featuring Ted Spark and his unique brain. Loved this story and laughed so much my sides hurt!! A great mystery here in this story and I loved how it worked out in the end. Great to find out that Robin Stevens was asked to do this sequel based on an idea of Siobhan Dowd and her process in writing her first art heist mystery. An awesome sequel!!

My rating: 5 ⭐

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