Friday, September 25, 2015
Secret Circle Mysteries #7 Missing Emerald and #8 Vanishing Birds
This book has a character named Gormley and another named Emerson. The name Gormley reminded me of Oliver Pritz Gormly of the Dana Girls book, The Clue of the Rusty Key, and Emerson made me think of Emerson College from the Nancy Drew series. Not only that, but the title of the book is very similar to the title of a Trixie Belden book.
Johnny's father is disabled due to a stroke. He is confined to a wheelchair, can't move well, and has trouble speaking. The Secret Circle Mysteries include bits of realism that don't often appear in the traditional series book.
At one point during the story, someone ransacks Johnny's home, obviously in search of the emerald that Johnny doesn't know he picked up. Johnny's mother doesn't believe Johnny and his sister when they insist that they didn't ransack the entire house. We are talking about the entire house which has been totally trashed with things pulled apart, knocked over, and so on. Johnny's mother thinks the children did it! If the children don't normally tear the entire house apart when they play, why is she so certain that they did this time? Hello! It's called an intruder!
This book is good, but the location of the emerald is apparent to the reader from the very beginning. Johnny, of course, has no idea, but it's so obvious. The publisher even made sure that the reader would know, since the publisher's summary says where the emerald is! I didn't read the summary before beginning the book, because so many publisher summaries give away major details that I would rather not know at the beginning of the story. Even without the publisher telling me, I knew as soon as Johnny picks up the cigarette package that the diamond has to be inside.
I overall enjoyed this book, but the story wasn't very compelling since the solution was apparent from the beginning.
According to the story, only 32 whooping cranes remained in the world. According to online resources, around 40 to 50 remained at the time of this story. Regardless, the whooping crane was gravely endangered when this story was written, so the idea of someone killing a few of the birds as trophies is quite awful.
I enjoyed this story.