Thursday, February 12, 2009

What Mrs N's Been Reading - Bad Kitty

Just finished (ok, not quite, just - it was a few days ago, and I'm behind once again, or still...) Michelle Jaffe's Bad Kitty. It's a nice light mystery. If you liked The Murder of Bindy Mackenzie, you'll probably like this one. It takes place at a resort hotel during the summer before Jasmine is to start her senior year of high school. She's been interested in criminology and forensics since her mother died back when Jasmine a little kid, but her father wants her to have absolutely nothing to do with it. She manages to find herself in the middle of strange situations regularly, and tries to find clues and do some detective work on the sly. This time, she is randomly attacked at poolside by a 3-legged cat, ruins a wedding and gets hauled in by hotel security and banished from the property. That's just the setup for the story. It's a light read, with enough twists to keep your attention. My only complaint was that the author put in, essentially lengthy footnotes, consisting of Jasmine and her friends talking about what's going on in the story as though they are looking at it from outside. Once I got annoyed enough to just skip those, I enjoyed the book again. Despite the characters being a bit older, there's nothing in here that would be really objectionable for middle school kids, so I'd recommend it for about 7th grade through high school.

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