Thursday, May 17, 2012

Review: Madhattan Mystery by John J. Bonk

Madhattan Mystery by John J. Bonk
Published: May 22nd, 2012 (Walker & Company)
Pages: 304
Source: for review
Challenge: none
Series: none
Buy the book: Bookdepository
Rating: ★★★★☆

All set to spend their summer in New York City with their aunt while their father is honeymooning with his new wife, Lexi and her younger brother Kevin’s snoozy summer plans turn into high-stakes adventure when Lexi overhears a plot to steal Cleopatra’s famous jewels from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Joining forces with budding investigative journalist Kim Ling Levine, they ditch day camp to track down the thieves and rake in the reward money. Can Lexi, Kevin, and Kim find out who’s behind the jewel heist without getting into too much trouble themselves?

In an adventerous story, Lexi and her brother Kevin find themselves in the middle of investigating a jewel theft instead of spending their time in day camp. With a very annoying, yet very smart journalist-to-be, they set off to follow up on the clues they found. Fueled with intrigue and humor, Bonk has written a story that sucked me in and will appeal to even the most reluctant reader.

I really liked this book! It was a really cute story, and a great middlegrade adventure without adding all sorts of paranormal elements. Lexi was a nice character to follow around and I especially liked Kevin's smartass-ery. Kim was obnoxious, yet very refreshing while following Lexi's thoughts.

The story was a bit predictable, but that didn't make it any less enjoyable. I was thoroughly entertained while I flipped the pages to see what would happen next. I've never been to New York, but I would love to be able to check out the Whispering Corner one day!

I really liked reading this one and will be checking out more of Bonk's work in the future, which will hopefully be just as good as this book!

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