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The Mystery of the Widow's Watch (Home School Detectives) Paperback – March, 1998


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Product Details

  • Series: Home School Detectives (Book 8)
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press (March 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830819185
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830819188
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,070,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mimi on July 21, 2000
Format: Paperback
Too much death, suicide attempts, and real killing stuff. Not a good read from an avid thousand-plus mystery reader. Gave me nightmares and was the lousiest book I ever read. I really thought a homeschooler detective mystery would be better than that. I won't read any more of Bibee's books. No Thanks. Don't think that other 8 to 12 year olds should read this stuff. Not Christian-wholesome. Turned my stomach into knots like a pretzel.
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In my position as a college instructor, I recently came into contact with the local home school community. Therefore, when I saw a copy of this book in a used bookstore, the caption, "The Home School Detectives" caught my eye. It is set in the mold of "The Hardy Boys" and "Nancy Drew", and in this case, it is a set of young girls doing the detecting.
The fundamental difference between this book and the HB and ND series is that there is less physical action and a large number of religious references. This includes prayer and biblical references. Furthermore, the chapter ending cliffhangers are less dramatic. In this case, the story revolves around events at a nursing home. A retired jeweler dies suddenly, shortly after a widow gives him an old watch to repair. The widow wants her watch back, which puts the detectives on the case and the plot thickens when the widow is found unconscious in an insulin-induced coma.
There is a dramatic conclusion, followed by a short moral about confession. Once the mystery is resolved the elderly women begin telling their dirty secrets to each other, which builds a sense of community between them. This book will appeal to children with a strong religious upbringing and the remainder will find it of lesser interest.
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