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Shirley Link & The Safe Case Kindle Edition
About the Author
- ASIN : B008HSH89I
- Publication date : January 3, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 1214 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 103 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,376,014 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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The main issue was that Shirley just wasn't likable. She was vain, preening and had no redeeming qualities to balance those things out. Her two "assistants. I mean, friends," were little more than her personal studio audience, marveling at her crime-solving abilities and applauding like sycophantic puppets at every little thing she did. In addition, the other characters acted unrealistically, enlisting a kid to help them solve a potentially dangerous crime, especially one that needed to be kept secret and that the police were already working on. Of course, Shirley already knew about the secret stash of money, and why not; she knew everything else there was to know.
The plot was also flimsy. There was no mention of checking security cameras, and the internet was used as a font of endless information, telling Shirley not only that her principal was having financial problems (seriously? she gets emailed whenever someone files for bankruptcy?), that the librarian's house was in foreclosure and that the assistant principal was independently wealthy. Sorry, but it doesn't work like that. There were no clues, no following the clues and none of those magic moments when the main character figures something out and the reader goes back and reads the last few scenes trying to do the same. The Three Investigators mystery series was a master of this.
However, there is no denying that Mr. Zackheim has talent and hopefully, I will try another mystery series by him in the near future that satisfies me like a good middle-grade mystery should.
Mr. Zackheim introduces all of the characters in believable fashion and this detective story in a school setting moves along at a good pace. There’s humor and tongue in cheek. Kids will recognize their teachers, friends, and principals in the story. There are several more Shirley Link detective cases for kids to enjoy.
Recommended for kids ages 8 to 11.
Along with her endearing personality, Shirley has an incredible eye for detail that is her strongest weapon. After all, it's the detail that always catches the crooks. Reading Shirley was easy. I felt the style flowed and the mystery was revealed at a good pace.
In a Nutshell | Shirley Link is a Miss Marple of the future, but perhaps not so old and stodgy. Although she has such great skills, I like that she remains grounded and kind.
There is absolutely nothing I did not like about this book. It is a really short book and would do wonders with kids. The concept is captivating and story is crisp without any scope of mind wandering. I would love to read more of Shirley and her friends. They are definitely here to stay.
There were a few editorial snags in this book, though, which were distracting, especially for its short length.
Shirley and her friends were likeable, and she reminds me of a younger Nancy Drew, which is the girl detective I grew up with. Over all, enjoyed! (I also now feel really old after reading this.)
Found this as a one click roulette read and I am glad I read this one!
My only negative critique would be that she seems a little TOO wise beyond her years. Maybe it would be cool if she had more childlike moments, more flights of fancy? She's surely a braniac, yes. But she could still stand to think like a kid. At least in some moments.
Top reviews from other countries
It just takes me into the pages, and it' really exiting! I really want to read the next book!
I think young readers that like mysteries should read this.Brilliant😁