Saturday, May 23, 2009

First Clues Review: Dead Letter by Betsy Byars

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Dead Letter by Betsy Byars

Dead Letter by Betsy Byars
The Herculeah Jones Series

Puffin (Paperback)
ISBN-10: 0-14-240564-7 (0142405647)
ISBN-13: 978-0-14-240564-2 (9780142405642)
Publication Date: June 2006
List Price: $5.99

Review written by Danielle, Age 12, Grade 7. Date of review: May 2009.

Review: The thrilling and suspenseful mystery Dead Letter written by Betsy Byars is a book from The Herculeah Jones mystery series. If you like mysteries that you read while sitting on the edge of your seat and that you just can never seem to get your nose out of the pages, then this book is definitely right for you. It is certainly a page turner that everyone should march on over to their local library to check out.

When the determined detective girl, Herculeah, buys a coat that drew her attention at her local store Hidden Treasures, something unexpected was found in the lining. When she finds a worrying letter from a desperate woman in distress saying that a man is going to kill her, and that she is being held captive, Herculeah jumps on the case. With her incredible hair frizzing up whenever she is in danger, Herculeah is on her toes but never fails to persevere to solve the case through every twist and turn. With her sidekick/best-friend Meat always on her side they are determined to find this woman’s killer. On the way, they are put in danger, and their friendship and trust is tested by this deadly letter, but nothing stops this amazing duo.

This fascinating mystery will never fail to thrill you through the breathtaking plot and the impressive characters like Herculeah’s best friend Meat, whose humor brings a special twist to the book and her police detective father who gives away the information that will stun you. The spine chilling plot has cliffhangers and special clues that no one wants to miss. No one can resist this adventurous Herculeah Jones mystery.

To find out where the dead letter came from read this sensational mystery. Once anyone picks up this book, Dead Letter they will not be able to put it down.

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