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A uniquely charming and funny mystery tale for all ages
on October 7, 2012
I've been an avid Martha Grimes fan for years. Her Inspector Richard Jury mysteries set in England are in a class by themselves.
With the Emma Graham series, Grimes has taken a wide departure from English mysteries, and created a mystery that has at its center, the wonderful character of Emma. She's a young girl (about 12-13 years old), who quietly goes about her business of trying to solve a decades-old mystery or two.
It's the remarkable characters in these series that make them so much fun. Emma is extremely curious and intelligent. She has a wicked sense of humor, knows the foibles of the other characters and uses this knowledge to extract information about crimes that were committed long before she was born.
Emma goes about her detecting business surrounded by fey, quirky, crazy but endearing characters, who she masterfully manipulates to get the information she needs.
Set in the 1950's, in what I believe is the Maryland/West Virginia area where Emma lives in a guest hotel with her mother, brother and assorted relatives.
If a reader starts with the first book called "Hotel Paradise", they will be hooked and will have to get the sequels. These are books one wants to keep, to share out to friends, and because we know we will want to read them again!