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One of Us is Lying

Monday, November 5th, 2018

91BHA3Ym2HLby Karen M. McManus, 360 pages, Grades 8 and up.

When Simon drops dead in detention the four other kids in the room become suspects. Investigators discover he died because the water he drank was contaminated with peanut oil and he is highly allergic. The mystery is how did peanut oil get in his water, and how did all the emergency epipens happen to go missing right when they could have saved his life? Bronwyn, Addy, Nate and Cooper all claim to be innocent, but they also all have something they would like to keep secret. Can they prove their innocence without divulging their embarrassing secret? And, who did kill Simon, anyway?

If you enjoy mysteries you might also like: Death Cloud, by Andy Lane, I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I Would Have to Kill You, by Ally Carter, or if you like your mysteries creepy try Darkhouse, by Barbara Redecki.

Cuckoo’s Calling

Monday, December 9th, 2013

cuckoo's callingby Robert Galbraith (really J.K. Rowling’s pseudonym), 455 pages, Adult Mystery

Lula Landry, gorgeous English supermodel, just fell from her penthouse balcony to her death. The media has no trouble believing the police’s verdict of suicide, after all, Lula lived in the fast lane, and everyone knows she has been on medication for mood swings as well.  That’s why when Lula’s brother shows up in Strike’s office, the veteran and struggling private investigator is taken by surprise. Strike is enduring a hard patch at the moment: the love of his life has just walked out, he is not only out of money, but overdue on shady loan payments, and is currently living in his office. Robin walks in to Strike’s office right before Lula’s brother; she has been sent there as a temporary secretary, and though Mr. Strike seems unprepared for her or for life in general, it has always been her secret dream to work for a private detective.

If you enjoy detective novels you might also like Heist Society, by Ally Carter, The Screaming Staircase, by Jonathan Stroud, or Death Cloud, by Andy Lane.

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Pastworld

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

pastworld-coverby Ian Beck   p. 353    Young Adult

In 2050, central London has been transformed into a theme park for modern day tourists to visit.   These “gawkers”  fly in on an airship  for a day or two to experience what life was like in Victorian London, including dangerous street crime and hangings.  When seventeen-year-old Caleb flies in with his father, one of the originators of Pastworld, his father is kidnapped and Caleb is accused of murder.  He meets beautiful and innocent Eve, a teenage inhabitant of Pastworld, and they become embroiled in a ScotlandYard investigation of a series of gruesome murders by the mysterious Fantom.  This story is a compelling mix of science and historical fiction.

Connections:  Another suspense novel with people living in an  historical amusement park  is Running Out of  Time by Margaret Haddix.     Other great mysteries set in Victorian London are Montmorency by Eleanor Updale,  Smith by John Garfield, and the Sherlock Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle.