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The Red Blazer Girls :: The Vanishing Violin Book Review

The Red Blazer Girls :: The Vanishing Violin Book Review - Reviewed by Kidzworld on Oct 18, 2010
( Rating: 5 Star Rating)

Join the Red Blazer Girls as they dive into their second mystery! Michael D. Beil presents The Vanishing Violin.

Title: The Vanishing Violin
Author: Michael D. Beil
Ages: 9+
Rating: 5

Cryptic Clues

So much is going on for Sophie and her three best friends—Margaret, Becca and Leigh Ann. Since solving the mystery of the lost Ring of Rocamadour, the four have dubbed themselves the Red Blazer Girls. Now no mystery is a match for them. Not even a decades-old mystery about a stolen violin. The girls follow a trail of cryptic clues, which they hope will eventually lead to the thief’s doorstep. But things don’t always work out as they expect.

The Perfect Crime

Meanwhile, two other cases have the Red Blazer Girls splitting their time in thirds. A valuable violin has gone missing from the local violin shop. And a button belonging to the owner’s only employee is found at the scene of the crime. It seems like an open and shut case, especially since the doors were still locked and the alarm was still on. When he’s the only other person with a key and alarm code, who else could it be?

The Nightly Visitor

Also, mysterious things have been happening at the girls’ school. Halls are being cleaned, rooms are being painted and reorganized. Who is behind this midnight clean out? Their teacher enlists their help to discover the identity of the culprit, and how they’re getting into the school after hours.

The Blazers

To top it off, the girls have started a band called the Blazers, and their first live performance (consisting of only two songs...but still) is coming up. Will the girls have time to practice between their mysteries?

The Bottom Line

Nancy Drew and Sherlock Holmes are no match for these modern day detectives. The Red Blazer Girls: The Vanishing Violin is a fabulous mystery with witty characters and crafty clues that let readers take part in the detective work. Michael D. Beil is one of the best YA mystery writers of the decade. Definitely check out this series!

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