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Bayle, B.J.
Sharon (Ont.), Riverwood Publishers, 1992. 106pp, paper, $5.95, ISBN 1-895121-14-0. (Eagle Eye Mystery series). CIP

Grades 3 to 5/Ages 8 to 10

Reviewed by Catherine McInerney

Volume 21 Number 1
1993 January

An average easy-to-read mystery, this book suffers from trying to do too much. For example, while it is great that the book, has a handicapped character, is it necessary for that character to go through a stereotypical period of "bitterness" because of his condition? Or would the story be stronger if the characters were introduced briefly, and then the strange occurrences happened?

There is a good balance of character types in the book. The good and bad sides of relationships with family and friends are realistically portrayed.

The story seems to jump a bit between a series a plot devices a mysterious visitor, criminals in the neighbourhood, dog-napping, a new family in town. All of these come together in the end, but perhaps more text should have been devoted to linking these together more closely.

This book would be good for the student who already enjoys series mysteries.

Catherine McInerney is a children's librarian with the St. Catharines Public Library in St. Catharines, Ontario
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