The Secret of Trail House Lodge: A Sophie Collins Mystery Book 2 (Sophie Collins Mysteries) (Volume 2) Paperback – July 16, 2016
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- Paperback : 238 pages
- ISBN-10 : 153531575X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1535315753
- Grade level : 10 - 12
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.54 x 8 inches
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st edition (July 16, 2016)
- Item Weight : 8.5 ounces
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,443,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There are different points of view within a few paragraphs of each other and that was a bit jarring, but the author made it clear who was thinking what and it didn’t deter from the storyline. I wish Sophie’s three friends had more personality, because for being teenagers, they seemed flat. However, I liked the characters of Grayson the butler and Millie the cook, and the role of Grayson to Sophie. Grayson is trying his best to teach Sophie manners so she can live up to the reputation of being Hustus Morsey’s granddaughter, but she is a relunctant student, with a mind of her own.
Don't let the category of children's books scare you off from reading this mystery. I would say it's more of a Teens & Young Adult category.
Love for great who done it mysteries. Lots of twists
and turns , with adventures too. Just to mix and spice
Up the mystery.
I highly recommend to all readers, regardless of their age. Will be looking for more books by Madge greesly.
Mystery and suspense are packed into this YA novel as Sophie and her friends discover the secrets hidden within the Trail House Lodge. The near-misses and the body that Sophie encounters are enough to get a young heart pounding, but Gressley manages to give just enough detail to make the lodge spooky while ensuring that young readers can still go to sleep at night.
Readers will see another side of Sophie; she is no longer an independent homeless girl who needs to rely on her wits in order to survive, she is an heiress who is chafing beneath the watchful eye of the butler who has made it his mission to coach her on how to be a "civilized" young lady. The admonishments that the butler gives to Sophie might remind some readers of similar sayings they heard during their childhoods, which makes it very easy to empathize with her.
It is clear that Sophie is not going to lose her edge or her street smarts anytime soon. Gressley has created an intelligent, endearing, and inquisitive character that is drawn to a mystery like a moth to a flame. If you are in the market for a good YA mystery and a more relevant alternative to Nancy Drew, I think that you will find it in Sophie Collins.
I have always been a fan of pre-teen detective books. Encyclopedia Brown was my favorite. Sophie Collins ranks right up there. I love the strong-willed, fearless, intelligent, and responsible young heiress to Morsey Manor.
I enjoyed the flow of the story. New settings and events were easily brought to life. Each moment had meaning. Whenever I thought of a question, the answer was given on the next page. It was interesting to watch as Sophie’s inheritance was about to be taken away while the mystery surrounding the lodge was solved. Lives can be interwoven in the oddest of ways.