Stratford, Jordan The Case of the Counterfeit Criminals (The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency #3) 193 pgs. Knopf, 2017. $16.99 Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G Violence: G
In this third adventure set in old England, Lady Ada Byron, a misunderstood lonely genius and Mary Godwin, a girl with a head on her shoulders and quite a bit of smarts are on their third case. At least they are trying to be, but Ada’s Grandmother is trying to prevent them from being detectives. The girls take on the case of Mary Anning, a fossil hunter, who has an accident while out in the field and now her dog is missing. But there is a cryptic note regarding the whereabouts of her dog and the girls set out on adventure to solve the case that features counterfeit dino bones, doll people, and the Bavarian Illuminati. Features about one illustration per chapter.
I reviewed the first book in this series and liked it but worried about the cover appeal. To date, it has not received one checkout in my school library and I have book-talked it numerous times, my guess is that there is not much interest in historical setting mysteries right now. I did not read the second book and found this third book to be beyond confusing. It jumps right in and moves quickly ahead with many characters and references to past events. The mystery itself is a jumbled complex set of events and clues. I did not enjoy reading this book and would not add it to my library.
EL –NO Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.