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Liffey Rivers and the Mystery of the Sparkling Solo Dress Crown (Liffey Rivers Irish Dancer Mysteries) Paperback – November 3, 2005

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Book 1 of 4 in the Liffey Rivers Series

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"Think Nancy Drew meets the Irish dance world. Anyone who loves Irish dance will enjoy reading about Liffey's adventures." - Irish Central-NYC

"This series of "Tween" books by Brenna Briggs has everything: a great mystery, Irish culture, and plenty of Irish dancing. Brenna Briggs writes with flair and passion, and her novels fill a yawning, gaping hole in literature for Irish-American girls." - BellaOnline- Irish Culture Editor

Once you've started reading it, you'll find it very hard to put down. It's definitely a good read for any Irish dancer. -- IRISH DANCING AND CULTURE MAGAZINE

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There is more excitement at this feis than Liffey Rivers could have ever imagined!

Will she finally win a 1st place in her soft shoe jig (her best dance step) and get her very own solo dress at last?

Or will she again get a "good, but not good enough" 2nd or 3rd place?

And who is that man Liffey sees standing by the elevators with the streak of white hair running down the back of his head (like a skunk) and what is he up to?

Liffey has seen him before. He is carrying a shopping bag with a beautiful curly-haired Irish  dancer doll peeking out. Liffey can see that the doll is wearing a dazzling diamond solo dress crown...but something is wrong...."
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Product Details

  • Series: Liffey Rivers Irish Dancer Mysteries (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 146 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (November 3, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419607057
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419607059
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #330,939 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Brenna Briggs is the author of the Liffey Rivers Irish Dancer Mysteries.

I was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, into a third generation Irish American family where for many years I thought that eating sugar cookies with green icing on Saint Patrick's Day was the best thing about being Irish.

Brenna Briggs' essays and short stories have been featured in Hornpipe Magazine, The Irish American Post, Canada's Irish Connections, The Sligo Quarterly Review, Irish Dancing and Culture Magazine and many other periodicals and newspapers.


Visit Brenna Briggs and learn more about the Liffey Rivers Irish Dancer Mysteries at www.liffeyrivers.com

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This story should appeal to both elementary and middle school girls with it's thirteen-year-old heroine and combination of mystery and Irish dance. I was nine when I first read a Nancy Drew mystery and enjoyed them for many years. Liffey may be following in Nancy's footsteps with her lawyer father, keen observation and fey sense of approaching danger.

Things Irish are popular now, especially the dance and Ms. Briggs has obviously had some experience in that competitive world.

There is a glossary of Irish dance terms plus historical and geographical tidbits fused into the story line for a little painless education. Even as an adult, I enjoyed and learned from this book and will be giving several as gifts this holiday season.
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As the mother of a former Irish dancer (12 years of practices and competitions), as well as one who enjoyed Nancy Drew, Trixie Beldon and all of the those other wonderful mysteries, I found myself completely enthralled with this book. It was "memory lane" for me at times with the description of the feasana, needing to just win a first in a particular step, the overwhelming conviction that if Liffy only had a solo costume, she would take first in her competitions, etc. AND it was a really good mystery! I really loved it.
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As an Irish dancer and long time competitor, it seems that there is finally a story that captures both the nervous energy of a feis and also provides a really good, sometimes on the edge scary mystery. Irish dancers will love this book and non-dancers will want to become Irish dancers after they read this book. But even without the dancing, it is a good story. I really hope there will be more Liffey Rivers books.
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This book is great. It should be rated for all ages, not 9-13-year-olds. I read it before my daughters got hold of it. I picked it up from a feis vendor and finished it the same night in the hotel room! I especially liked the internal dialogue Liffey Rivers had going on in her head throughout the whole book. Sometimes I could not stop laughing. One of my daughters finished it on the way home in the car (a 12-hour drive!). That was the quietest car trip we ever took! I owe it all to Liffey Rivers and her solo dress quest.
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Food to eat while reading: Pre-feis Spaghetti and Meatballs [...]

What I liked:

Liffey is a spunky, quirky girl who dreams of qualifying for a solo dress and eats spaghetti and meatballs the night before every competition. Because of her overbearing personality, no one, including the reader, can anticipate what she will do next.

The author pulls the reader into two new worlds that they may never otherwise explore. The first is the world of Irish dance. Second, she gives us a feel for the city of St. Louis, Missouri.

Liffey lets her imagination run a bit wild, which makes her the perfect sleuth. She notices clues that other people might not even wonder about.

I can see where Liffey's looniness might be hereditary. I laughed when I heard that her aunt gave a cheer during Liffey's competition:"Kick `em high, kick `em low, go, go, go."

Liffey internalizes about her fears and dreams in a way that most girls her age can relate to. She wants a solo dress more than anything . She draws her own designs for a dress, notices other girls' dresses and daydreams about it every few minutes.

What I would have changed:

Even though I enjoyed Liffey's eccentricities, her daydreams and a few stray points of view switches gave me whiplash. She would obsess about her dress, launch into a lecture on the St. Louis Arch, and then on to her competition.

Liffey's character wavered inconsistently. She spoke of how she didn't mind that her father required her to have an escort at the hotel, and then give the escort the slip a few moments later. She

I couldn't relate well to Liffey. I felt pity for her that she was always left alone at competitions and had no mother to care for her.
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My daughter is an Irish Dancer which is what promted her to read this series of Liffy River books. Liffy is an Irish Dancer and modern day Nancy Drew. You don't have to be an Irsh Dancer to enjoy these books though. Great for 8-12 yr olds, or the big kid at heart.
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My 10 year old Irish dancer enjoyed this mystery. Mystery isn't usually her thing so the tie to her hobby helped get her into a new genre.
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Liffey Rivers is a great series of books about an teenage Irish dancer whose mother died when she was very young, Liffey eats spaghetti and meatballs the night before competition and bagels the morning of the event. The thing Liffey wants most is to earn her very own solo dress. Liffey is also always getting into trouble. In the first book Liffey is attending a dance competition when she sees a doll in a jumper with a suspiciously sparkly crown. The Liffey Rivers series is great for everyone ranging from competitive Irish dancers to their brothers who think Irish dance is just hopping around on one foot! The Liffey Rivers series is definitely a series you'll want to read over and over and over again.
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