RSSCategory: Mysteries

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, by Chris Grabenstein | Book Review

| October 29, 2014 | 0 Comments
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, by Chris Grabenstein | Book Review

In Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, author Chris Grabenstein cleverly captures reader’s imaginations by combining the suspense of a thrilling game with the majestic nostalgia of great libraries, librarians, books and authors of past and present.

Continue Reading

Chasing Power, by Sarah Beth Durst | Book Review

| October 15, 2014 | 1 Comment
Chasing Power, by Sarah Beth Durst | Book Review

Chasing Power, by Sarah Beth Durst, is a fast-paced novel that has readers skipping across Mayan temples and ancient churches following a lovable and feisty heroine.

Continue Reading

A Snicker of Magic, by Natalie Lloyd | Book Review

| August 28, 2014 | 0 Comments
A Snicker of Magic, by Natalie Lloyd | Book Review

A Snicker of Magic, Natalie Lloyd’s sensational middle grade debut novel, begs to be read aloud and shared with an audience of dreamers.

Continue Reading

Virals, by Kathy and Brendan Reichs | Series Review

| August 21, 2014 | 1 Comment
Virals, by Kathy and Brendan Reichs | Series Review

In Virals, acclaimed mother and son writing duo Kathy and Brendan Reichs have created a captivating and enthralling series by incorporating science fiction and crime with a contemporary perspective, via 4 teens who are navigating an unusually adventurous adolescence.

Continue Reading

The Voice Inside My Head, by S.J. Laidlaw | Book Review

| July 6, 2014 | 0 Comments
The Voice Inside My Head, by S.J. Laidlaw | Book Review

Seventeen-year-old Luke has always relied on listening to Pat, his elder sister, to help him tackle difficult decisions in life, but when Pat goes missing from a tiny island off the coast of Honduras, Luke doesn’t expect to still have to listen to her words.

Continue Reading

The Art of Writing Fashionable Mysteries

| June 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
The Art of Writing Fashionable Mysteries

When I wrote the first notes about my sixteen-year-old detective, Axelle Anderson, I was living in Paris, France, doing a short stint as PA to fashion designer John Galliano (then designing for the fashion house Christian Dior), so the fashion world was more on my mind than ever, and the idea of a fashion mystery took hold straight away.

Continue Reading

The Art of Writing YA Thrillers

| May 27, 2014 | 0 Comments
The Art of Writing YA Thrillers

If I were to write this tale, I’d have to research hauntings, of course, and children who grow up with surrogate parents, and anxiety issues and medications. Assuming I’m comfortable gathering this information, there are few things I’ll look at to see if I have the makings of a YA psychological, suspenseful thriller:

Continue Reading

Orion Poe and the Lost Explorer, by Will Summerhouse | Dedicated Review

| May 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
Orion Poe and the Lost Explorer, by Will Summerhouse | Dedicated Review

Orion Poe is an eleven-year-old boy who lives in Maine with his grandfather who is the caretaker of a lighthouse. When a large storm rolls in one evening, Orion discovers a washed-up boat and an injured man. From this moment on, he finds himself fighting for survival on a mysterious expedition full of unexpected and non-stop adventure that is connected to the historic event of an explorer, John Franklin, who was lost in the Arctic in 1847.

Continue Reading

Model Undercover: Paris, by Carina Axelsson | Summer Preview, 2014

| May 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
Model Undercover: Paris, by Carina Axelsson | Summer Preview, 2014

Here is a sneak peek at the jacket cover of Carina Axelsson’s summer release, Model Undercover: Paris, a middle grade novel published by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (July 1, 2014).

Continue Reading

Maisy and the Missing Mice: The Maisy Files, Volume 1 | Dedicated Review

| December 23, 2013 | 41 Comments
Maisy and the Missing Mice: The Maisy Files, Volume 1 | Dedicated Review

Educator Elizabeth Woodrum’s first foray into writing children’s books is a fun mystery with an imaginative and assertive fourth-grade girl protagonist, Maisy Sawyer.

Continue Reading