Friday, August 5, 2016

Book review - Friday Barnes: Under Suspicion

Title: Friday Barnes: Under Suspicion
Author: R. A. Spratt
Genre: Mystery
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a fun and straight-forward mystery

Summary(provided by publisher): Friday Barnes, girl detective, is... under arrest?!
Getting arrested was the last thing Friday expected after solving the swamp-yeti mystery at her boarding school. But she better clear her name fast! She’s got new cases to investigate, like a scandalous quiche bake-off, a decades old mystery buried in her school’s backyard, and why the new boy, Christopher, is being so nice to her.
More adventures and intrigue ensue in Friday Barnes, Under Suspicion, the second book in the illustrated Friday Barnes mystery series, starring a genius detective with the brains (and social skills) of Sherlock Holmes.

My opinion: I was rather fond of the quirkiness that was the first Friday Barnes book and that quirkiness carries over into this volume. Each book has a low level of humor, simple mysteries, and just a basic level of characterization. It's no great literature or even a complex exploration of the detective genre. Just plain entertainment. My main complaint, and I suspect that it will bother others, is that each book ends with an entirely unnecessary and contextually out of place "to be continued" cliff hanger. This smacks of marketing rather than genuine storytelling.

More Information: Friday Barnes: Under Suspicion releases August 9.
Advance Reader Copy provided by NetGalley.

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