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•The Mystery of Keegan’s Point•
was well written with a champion pre-teenager, Charlie. Charlie finds himself solving the mystery with a “good bad guy” and resolves his own issues with bullying at the end of the story. Charlie, being a typical child, lies to him mom, but ‘fesses up and takes his punishment. I liked that all the loose ends are tied up neatly, and not in a condescending fashion.
I enjoy the nostalgia of YA mysteries, because they were not centered around body counts and killing the entire town or scaring off tourists by the murder rate. This was a wonderful book that I wish was written a decade ago, so I could have read it with my children.
The narrator has excellent voice acting skills was a very good match for the book and helped the flow.
The second book in the series was a notch above with unwitnessed deaths and a kidnapping. Not quite as innocent at Keegan’s Point but still with a YA atmosphere.
The story bounces from events in 1985 and 2015. It leads the listener to draw conclusions the protagonist is oblivious to, until the conclusion. A myriad of characters are introduced and with the variations of their names vs childhood nicknames, it may take the listener a tad longer to catch on to the parallel.
At the end, I felt the offscreen deaths did not justify the means and would have preferred a better justice, as I had expected from the first book. For lack if creativity to neatly wrap up the loose ends, four stars for this book in the series.
I liked this narrator for this series and will seek other works from him.