From School Library Journal
Grade 5-8. Sixteen-year-old Orville Jacques of Belltown, Cape Cod, is no novice to detective work. In The Secrets of Belltown (Silver Burdett, 1995) he solved a multiple murder case and is now taking on the unsolved killing of a woman that took place in 1946. It soon becomes apparent that someone doesn't want Orville digging up the past and that his life is in danger. After a few wrong suspicions and an encounter with the murderer that almost costs him his life, the teen solves the mystery. Though the literary quality lacks polish, the author does provide a tale that holds readers' attention. The main character may appeal to young people because of his penchant for taking risks and his curious ability to find himself in the middle of a dangerous case. However, the history of the boy's relationships with some of the other characters is not fully explained and relies too much on knowledge of the first series entry. There are also some unbelievable coincidences at key points in the plot that are never satisfactorily explained and, though not glaring, they take away from the plausibility of the story. Purchase only if the first book is popular.?Carrie A. Guarria, Lindenhurst Memorial Library, NY
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