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Ok, so I'll admit I picked this after reading reviews that compared it to Lemony Snicker and others. And even as an adult I enjoy those sort of books, funny, good characters, an interesting story and sometimes a bit of a puzzle thrown in.
This book meets all those criteria, so I should have loved it, but I didn't. I didn't hate it, but having listened all the way through I was left feeling... I don't know if I want to say unfulfilled, or let down, or maybe incomplete.
I know there are more books in the series but I don't feel like I have to start listening to the others straightaway in the way I did with Maryrose Wood's Incorrigible Children books, or with the lemony snicket ones. I remember the dreadful wait for the release of the next unfortunate event story. And I'm already wise enough to wait til September before starting all the wrong questions.
I know this is a horribly inconclusive review, but it's because I still don't know if I enjoyed the book or not, sorry.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful
What fun! Precocious kids, a curmudgeonly old woman, stolen art, and mathematical clues -- all my favorite things. (Okay, I teach 8th grade math.)
Young readers usually like mysteries, especially when the detectives are kids, and this one should satisfy. Petra and Calder are very bright and a little weird, but very likeable. The mystery is solid enough to amuse an adult who is in a relatively low-key mood.
The reader does a good job. She does a good job with the children's voices without being grating.
The only caveat is that there are some rather odd jumps in the narration, so that, at one point I went back to be sure I didn't have a (clumsily) abridged version. And the ending is a little abrupt.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
It was one of the best books I have ever read. I highly suggest it.