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The Mystery of the Multiple Mothers: A Cub County Caper
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 26, 2012
This sweet, short mystery is a real gem! You will feel like a kid again as you speed through this tale. The author's descriptions makes you think that you are holding a treasured piece of Americana. The story tenderly raises several adoptee's issues as the story unfolds. The topic is handled with such gentleness it could even be enjoyed by a mature teenager. While the story starts out slow, like a meandering stream, it quickly builds to a crescendo ending with a surprise twist that is sure to please.

The book would make a great holiday gift for a Secret Sanata exchange or a club gift exchange. Or even a small gift to accompany a gift card to that difficult to shop for person on your gift list.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 18, 2012
This mystery reminded me of a Columbo episode because the reader knows who is responsible for what (at least that's what they think). Of course there is that unexpected twist or two that makes any mystery fun. Being a Cleveland native, I enjoyed all the local color. There was perhaps just a little more description of Cub County in the beginning than I would have liked, but the characters were old friends in a very short time. Especially accurate were all of the issues raised by adoptions. I gave it four stars so the authors will have something to shoot for in their next offering.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 13, 2012
Full disclosure: the writers are relatives. But - having said that - I found the book very enjoyable (relatives CAN be the toughest critics as we all know). The intricacies of the plot line and character development kept me intrigued and I enjoyed getting to the finale. A lot can be said about Cleveland Heights - who would have thought? This would be a great book to pass around to friends who enjoy mysteries. Hopefully they'll write a few more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 5, 2012
An very enjoyable read that is reminicent of the style of 'The Cat Who....." series by Lillian Braun. Characters who are memorable and likable, great Ohio references for those who are familiar with the area, and a learning opportunity for those who are not. The story line engaging until the very end! I would like to see a series of mysteries from these authors!
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on May 30, 2013
This book was, first of all, fun to read. It's the kind of book that helps you finally relax after a hectic day. The details about Ohio reveal the authors' familiarity with the area and make the book feel authentic. The characters are likeable, and the writing is tight. Nothing is wasted. Every detail is important. It's fun for a mystery lover because there are tiny clues that let you try and piece things together as you read.

It's also a great adoption story. The way that the adoptive mother supports her daughter's quest to find her birth mother finally gives credit to all the amazing adoptive mothers out there! Children who are adopted can read this book to think through some of the feelings they might have. Although the book is light reading, it brings up some important issues for discussion like how a child can have room to love adopted parents and birth parents both or finding a birth parent and possibly being disappointed.

It's exciting for adopted children to find a heroine who will make them comfortable with their story. In this book, adoption is normal! And, since the author is one of the nation's leading therapists with adopted children, she knows what she's talking about. The portrayals of the complexities of emotion around adoption resonate with real life.
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on January 11, 2013
I loved your first mystery book. Characters were memorable and colorful. The setting in Northeast Ohio added a fun flavor as well. You could be the next Carolyn Keene.
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on May 30, 2013
I really enjoyed reading this short mystery. I only wish it were longer or there was another book in the series because I got to know the characters and want to follow their detecting adventures. As a mother of adopted children, I appreciated the skill with which the subject of adoption was handled. As a mystery lover, I appreciated the developing story and clues along the way.
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on October 5, 2014
Well written and suspenseful. I grew up in northeastern Ohio so I loved the locale.
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