Amazon Best Books of the Month, August 2010: The feisty and brainy girl sleuths from St. Veronica''s School are hot on the trail of a valuable violin gone missing in The Vanishing Violin, the second installment in this breakout middle-grade mystery series from newcomer Michael D. Beil. There is much to love about a girl-power series focused on something other than fashion, boys, and mean girls. You won''t find any Gossip Girls in this crowd, but rather a top-notch crew of tween investigators featuring twelve-year-old Sophie St. Pierre (who chronicles the cases), future Mensa-candidate and musician Margaret Wrobel, the razor-sharp Rebecca Chen, and creative-type Leigh Ann Jaimes. Collectively they thrive on good humor, intriguing puzzles, cross-town adventures, and plenty of sweets from the local coffee shop (Perkatory). Infused with contemporary humor and situations, The Red Blazer Girls offer readers a fresh take on Nancy Drew-inspired mysteries-meets Harriet the Spy. A very smart and rewarding pick for active middle grade readers. --Lauren Nemroff
When there are mysteries to be solved, the Red Blazer Girls are on the case! The discovery of the Ring of Rocamadour has secured the girls'' reputation as Upper East Side super-sleuths, bringing many sundry job requests (no mystery too small, right?) and some unwanted attention from crooks. This time the girls must follow a trail of cryptic clues, involving everything from logic to literature, to trace a rare violin gone missing. But nothing is as it appears, and just as a solution seems imminent, the girls find themselves scrambling to save the man who was once their prime suspect. Bowstrings and betrayal, crushes and codes abound in this suspenseful companion to the Red Blazer Girls'' 2009 debut. Recent clues indicate that there''ll be more mystery and mayhem to come!
From the Hardcover edition.
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