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Curtis Parkinson. Death In Kingsport 
Tundra $14.99  ISBN 978-0-88776-827-9  215 pg.
Reviewed by Victoria, Age 12

It was then he heard the sounds. Thump, thump, thump.

Startled, he stared at the coffin, then quickly looked back at the others. The men at the end were straining to get it moving again. The mourners stood silently watching - his aunt and his mother dabbing at their tears, his father gazing straight ahead, stony-faced. Neither the chief nor the stokers stirred from their posts.

There it was again! Thump, thump, thump.

Neil, Graham, Uncle Chester, Crescent, Doc Savage, Miss Trimble, and other quirky characters are pulled together in this fast paced book. Neil is a 14-year-old boy, whose love of adventure takes over countless times. Graham is Neilís best friend, and with a brain packed full of answers to things the average person wouldnít even think about, he is pulled into Neilís adventurous ways. Crescent is the girl that has all the gifts of being adventurous, a leader, beautiful, and overall, captures Neilís heart. But In Kingsport, Ontario, the Great Depression is settling in, and with Neil's favorite Uncle having just passed away, Neil, Graham, and Crescent set off to find the real reason Neil's Uncle Chester died.

Murder. Mystery. Romance. These are just some of the things in Death in Kingsport. It kept me reading. I never knew what was going to happen next...although there were a couple times when my guess was right. If you are able to read between the lines, you'll have an amazing understanding of this book when youíre done, which will make you want to reach for the second book in this series, The Castle On Deadman's Island. Seriously, this was an amazing book. I LOVED it! I couldnít put it down. Tom Foolery, Parkinsonís first book, was inspired by his cat that fell of his sailboat one night; the story was transformed into a picture book. Now thatís one famous cat!! Parkinson is also the author of Domenicís War.

Iíll give Death In Kingsport 5 mysterious stars. Yes, thatís FIVE stars out of 5. If I could give more, I would. This murder mystery series is recommended for ages ten and up.

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