Posts Tagged ‘Mysteries’

Confessions. The Paris Mysteries by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro.

June 12, 2015 Comments off

confessions paris mysteriesConfessions. The Paris Mysteries by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro. Pub. Random House, 2014.

Sometimes it is good to read a book that you don’t have to think too deeply about and just go with the flow. This is such a novel.

Tandy Angel is an attractive 16 year old who has plenty of drama on her plate. The novel opens with a joyous time for her in Paris with the boy she loves, staying in an old hotel with love all around. It doesn’t last long, in the morning he is gone without a by your leave. Swine!

Tandy’s head is still swimming when she finds her  twin brother Harry(named after George Harrison), younger brother Hugo and older brother Matty have inherited a fortune from their grandmother. But the fortune is tainted.

The siblings parents once owned a Pharmaceutical company that went tail up, the parents are brutally murdered and older sister Katherine is killed in an accident in South Africa. They discover that their uncle Peter is a crook and is possibly out to kill the remaining members of the family and worst of all they discover they have been fed drugs  disguised as vitamins by their parents that are supposed to increase all round intellect and physical capabilities. OMG!

You don’t need to know more just go ahead and get involved. The chapters are short, the dialogue cheesy, the plot has more twists and turns than a politicians speech and it is in the exciting settings of Paris and later New York.

Young Adult stuff with nothing serious except the fantasy of being filthy rich.

Ruby Redfort 4: Feel the Fear by Lauren Child.

June 8, 2015 Comments off

fearRuby Redfort 4: Feel the Fear by Lauren Child. Pub. HarperCollins childrens, 2014.

Just got around to reviewing this novel because of work pressures but I wished I had read it earlier. It deals with fear and risk taking, something parents worry themselves sick over.

Ruby is 13 years old and an agent for a secret organisation called SPECTRUM 8 who solve crimes that are out of the ordinary. Ruby has become an agent because of her superior ability to solve puzzles and see things that others don’t notice.

In the 3 previous books she has taken risks that have endangered her life and survived. She begins to think she is indestructable and has conquered her fears. The head of SPECTRUM 8 and her mentor and butler, Hitch, think so too.

A series of crimes committed on high rise buildings has SPECTRUM bemused. A skywalker who climbs the outside of buildings is stealing memorabilia like items connected with the old theatre in town and the legendary actress Margo Bardem. Can Ruby solve it?

High rise terror and lots of fear. Ruby must learn to control fear and to rationalise the risks she is taking.

Good crime writing with puzzles and codes to be broken that are linked to Braille. Some of the snappiest and witty dialogue between Ruby and the other characters that I have read in a children’s book and of course Ruby’s sweatshirts are divine. What are you looking at duhbrain? is the best this time.

For early teens and those that like mysteries. I think it is the best yet. Very clever writing.

The Ghosts of Young Nick’s Head by Sue Copsey.

April 10, 2015 Comments off

ghost nicks headThe Ghosts of Young Nick’s Head by Sue Copsey. Pub. Pear Jam Books, 2011.

If you stand by the door of a dank room, in a very old house, and your dog starts whimpering and won’t go in, chances are it is haunted by a ghost.

Joe and Eddy who are on holiday at an old house on the historical headland of Young Nick’s Head find that this statement is true. On the day they arrive with Joe’s parents, a wild storm erupts causing a power cut and they hear a strange knock on the door from an old man who gives then candles to light up the house.

The next day they are saved by the same man when they are trapped by the tide in some caves below Young Nick’s head. Who is this man?

When they find the name Tom carved into the bed in the haunted bedroom they decide to research the history of the house at the local library. With the help of the librarian Baz, they uncover the mystery of a boy named Tom who fell from a cliff during a storm in which a ship was wrecked. Was Tom’s  father involved because he was suspected of being a smuggler and ship wrecker in the 1890’s?

When the boys find the words GO HOME written in blood in the Harry Potter novel being read by Eddie  they tell their story to Baz and Joe’s parents and things turn sinister.

Will a TV programe on which Joe and Eddie appear find a solution to this historical ghost story and put Tom’s ghost to rest? How many other ghosts are there and are they connected to each other? Read it and find out.

Ghost stories and mysteries are rare these days especially those with a New Zealand historical connection. This is a good one for primary and intermediate students. I was particularly impressed with the research skills shown by the two boys Eddie and Joe and the use of old books in the library.