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Beatrice Beecham's Cryptic Crypt: A Supernatural Adventure/Mystery Novel Paperback – February 3, 2017
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"Beatrice Beacham lives in the coastal town of Dorsal Finn, with her parents and younger brother and she and her friends - Patience, Elmo and Lucas - have a mystery solving group called The Newshounds. Opening with a prologue set in Austria 1941, this mixes Nazi's, folklore, the legend of Atlantis and a mysterious youth group to excellent effect - Jeffery has taken the youth-sleuth genre beloved of so many of us (my favourite, of course, was The Three Investigators series) and updated it seamlessly to the present day, topping the thrills with a sassy, feisty heroine and her group of smart friends. The town - which is not as it seems to be - is well described and atmospheric, the supporting cast are wonderfully eccentric and the plot ticks along, aided by a gripping pace and some tense sequences. This is, I think, the fourth in the YA series but the first I've read and it's not quite standalone - previous events are mentioned and one reveal, while cleverly done, featured a character I hadn't encountered before. But that's my fault, not the books and this is a cracking, tightly wrapped mystery that delivers everything it should. Well written, pacey and intriguing, this is a winner and I'd recommend it." - Mark West, British Fantasy Award nominated author of DRIVE
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I love this series! It's well-written, absorbing, serious but by turns humorous, and in the tradition of good fiction, BEATRICE BEECHAM' S CRYPTIC CRYPT also brings powerful impact beyond its import to the characters.
Young Beatrice Beecham is a relative newcomer to the tiny coastal fishing village of Dorsal Finn, but in her tenure she has made several fast friendships in a group called the Newshounds. These young people are intelligent and loyal to a fault, compassionate and respectful to elders. They also thrive on solving mysteries and embrace the paranormal. In BEATRICE BEECHAM' S CRYPTIC CRYPT, World War II events reawaken, and the Newshounds are drawn into a massive covert plot to create a neo-Nazi dystopia, concealed as a children's club to instill purpose in misguided young lives.
The publisher generously provided a digital ARC for purpose of review. The above review is my honest and impartial opinion, offered voluntarily.
Dave Jeffery does a wonderful job of creating three-dimensional characters, not only for the Newshounds but for the "bad guys" as well. The story itself is an intricately layered mystery that spans all the way back to WWII. The complexity of both the characters and the plot make this as enjoyable for the adult audience as it is for the YA fan.
I'm excited to see what's next for the Newshounds and Dave Jeffery!
It takes a skill to write from the POV of a teenager without it sounding annoying and immature and Dave Jeffery has nailed it. These 4 teenagers had a really great friendship and relied on each other for support. I did not find any of the characters annoying. I personally thought that the girls Beatrice and Patience was the brains behind the group. Beatrice was a great chef and I did smile to myself when to help her make decisions had an imaginary debate with her favourite chefs and Patience had a knack with languages and that came in useful when a new resident came to live in Dorsa Finn who was deaf. When the older generation were in trouble, the Newshounds were the ones they called. Talking about the older residents Maud and Agnes where my favourites characters as they reminded me so much of Cissie and Ada, and if you are too young to remember them, then google Les Dawson
Using the link between the Occult and the Third Reich as the base of the story added mystery and intrigue. This enabled the author to explain the history of some of the older residents of Dorsa Finn whilst adding a supernatural element to the story.
This book is not just for teenagers, as an adult I enjoyed reading it as there was enough mystery and intrigue to keep my interest. The author teased you throughout the book dropping hints about what the Blue Thunder Foundation were and what their beliefs were but it was not till the end of the book that the secrets came out. This is the 1st book that I have read by Dave Jeffery and although there are other books starring Beatrice Beecham, you do not have to read them to understand and enjoy this story. Move over Nancy Drew, watch out Mystery Incorporated there are a new gang of teenagers in town.
The Beatrice Beecham series seems to be going from strength to strength, with Cryptic Crypt a fine addition to the series, and to the Young Adult field in general. First and foremost, it is a suspenseful mystery, with elements of horror and supernatural mixed into Jeffery’s recipe. While it may be aimed at younger readers, it contains ingredients that would also appeal to readers of all ages; a relatable and endearing protagonist, a supporting cast of likeable and quirky good guys and wretched but believable bad guys, a thrilling story, and plenty of action and beautiful language.
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