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Mel Malton. The Drowned Violin
Napoleon Publishing  $ 9.95  ISBN 1-894917-23-5  163 pg.
Reviewed by Whitney, Age 13

A bright green canoe sliced through the waters of Steamboat Lake, the three canoeists paddling hard, as if they were racing. There was no other boat in sight, though.

“Hey, you guys! Stop paddling for a second,” said the kid in the stern. He plunged his paddle straight down into the water, putting on the brakes. “There’s something weird floating in the water over there, see it?”

Alan, Ziggy and Josée, are about to set out on a huge adventure, only, they don’t know it yet.  One day they spot an old violin floating in the water. As they try to grab it, it sinks to the bottom of the lake!  Alan’s sister, Candace, and his mother, are very into violins. Alan even plays one himself, but he’s not very good, or so he thinks. Then, a priceless violin gets stolen, and it’s up to Alan, Ziggy, and Josée, to solve the case.

Mel Malton wrote The Drowned Violin. Malton usually writes adult mystery novels including, Down in the Dumps, Cue the Dead Guy, Dead Cow in Aisle Three, and One Large Coffin to Go. This is her first children’s mystery novel. Malton says she plans to continue the series.

The Drowned Violin was a good book. I really like mystery T.V. shows, movies, and books, so this book was really easy for me to enjoy. I have never read a book quite like this one, so that made me like it even more. The storyline was great as were the descriptions in the book.

I give The Drowned Violin 4 out of 5 stars.

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