Updated: May 8, 2013 6:10AM
For all you Nancy Drew fans out there, even the grown-up ones, I have some mysteries for you. Alan Bradley brings us an outstanding series and I just read the newest entry.
“Speaking From Among The Bones” features 12 year old Flavia DeLuce, chemist in training as well as junior detective. Flavia lives in a huge house with her two older sisters, her father and a housekeeper who can’t cook worth a dang.
On the top floor of the house, she has inherited her great uncles fabulous chemistry lab. She works diligently there, exploring the world of chemistry.
Here, the parish wants to disinter the bones of St. Tancred, the saint that the church is named after on the anniversary of his death. In the digging, the body of the missing organist is found and Flavia and her sometime friend, Inspector Hewitt must solve the crime.
Tunnels, horrible older sisters, a father with major money problems and being just 12 years old don’t stop this dynamite young lady from her adventures. Her transportation is her trusty bike and the villagers are her friends.
Throw in a rare valuable diamond associated with the saint that could be her family’s and you have a winner. I’ll have to get the others in the series and get caught up.
I am hesitant about adult authors who decide they can write for kids due to J.K. Rowling’s success but Kathy Reichs has joined forces with her son create a series for young adults.
Ms. Reichs is the author of the Temperance Brennan series of forensic detective novels that are the basis of the TV series, “Bones.”
Here, Ms. Brennan’s niece, Tory, and her gang of Sci-philes, help solve crimes. In the third of the series, “Code: A Viral Novel,” the virals are put to the test when they discover a hidden geocache with clues left by a person who goes by the name of The Gamemaster.
Add a fake bomb, then a real bomb, along with lots of other adventures and you are in for a thrilling read. This not only appeals to mystery readers but to future forensic scientists as well.
The bestselling author of the award-winning “Inspector Lynley Series,” Elizabeth George has also joined the young adult author club.
Hannah Armstrong must disappear. She becomes Becca King as she and her mother flee an abusive step-father who Becca knows is a murderer.
This has happened before and Becca’s mom has arranged for Becca to hide with an old friend, Carol, on Whidbey Island. She sends Becca to the island and promises to join her. She doesn’t show. Becca hears whispers from other people’s minds and we follow her as she make a new life for herself, meeting new friends and enemies and tries to sort them out.
She meets Diana Kinsale while she is looking for her mom’s friend and Diana finds her a ‘home’ on the Island. Lots of adventures follow Becca in her new life.