Thursday, 25 February 2016

Alice Jones and the Impossible Clue by Sarah Rubin

Synopsis (from Goodreads

Pages: 320 
Publisher: Chicken House Ltd
Released: 4th of February 2016

Maths-whizz Alice has already solved a mystery or two. Persuaded by wannabe sidekick Sammy to investigate a scientist's disappearance, she's soon entangled in her trickiest case yet. Dr Learner is reputed to have invented an invisibility suit, but is whacky science really to blame for his vanishing? With the unlikely help of erstwhile nemesis Kevin, Alice solves the puzzle - only to face another. Should she reveal the truth, or protect her most devoted friend?

What I Have to Say 

Alice Jones is a young detective like no other. Unlike other Middle Grade mystery books on the market these days, she isn't an aspiring young crime solver always on the look out for a new case. She prefers the sedate method, working on impossible to solve maths problems until a mystery falls into her lap. 

She's a very different type of protagonist. She's got less of the enthusiasm and more of the analytical, logical approach. I think I will always prefer the excitable young Sherlock Holmes- wannabes, but Alice certainly was a nice change. I think she's a very good addition to the genre. 

I loved the ending. I don't want to give anything away, but it was an ending to make you think, to take you away from the hero and criminal labels that mystery novels usually had. It showed that not everything is quite so simple and sometimes, it might be better for a mystery to remain unsolved. 

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