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1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
A Bit Lost (Little Owl Lost) by Chris Haughton
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Cat Tale by Michael Hall
Crow Boy by Taro Yashima
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Fullmetal Alchemist 20 by Hiromu Arakawa
Getting Rid of Matthew by Jane Fallon
Go, Dog. Go! by P. D. Eastman
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The House in the Night by Susan Marie Swanson
Hubert Horatio Bartle Bobton-Trent by Lauren Child
I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Going to Sleep? by Bill Martin Jr.
The Last Train by Gordon M. Titcomb
Little Owl's Night by Divya Srinivasan
The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd
Lunch Lady and the Author Visit Vendetta by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
The Maze of Bones (audio) by Rick Riordan
Mostly Monsterly by Tammi Sauer
Pirate vs. Pirate by Mary Quattlebaum
Sacré Bleu by Christopher Moore
Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit by Il Sung Na
The Storm in the Barn by Matt Phelan
Teeth, Tails & Tentacles by Christopher Wormell
The Three Weissmanns of Westport (audio) by Cathleen Schine
Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George
Vanished by Sheela Chari

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8




The London Eye Mystery: 01/14/13

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The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan R Dowd is told from the point of view of Ted, a teenage boy with Asperger's syndrome. Ted sees things differently, relating most things through the ebb and flow of weather patterns. It is his creative take on things along with his sister's patient help, that they are able to solve the mystery of Salim's disappearance from the London Eye.

Salim and his mother, Gloria, are visiting briefly before they make the big move to New York City. All Salim talks about is seeing and riding the London Eye. He goes up but he doesn't come back down. The police are called and Gloria and he end up missing their flight, some two days later.

While the police follow what few leads they have, Ted and Kat do their part. Ted works and reworks the events in his head, coming up with a list of possibilities. His commentary takes us through his thought process in an approachable, likable and believable fashion.

Although the first piece of the mystery is pretty obvious — the how Salim got off the eye, there is still the mystery of where did he go. More importantly, is he still alive? For the attentive reader, the clues are there. It is possible to solve the mystery before Ted and Kat do, but I didn't. I got too wrapped up in the fun of reading the book and I missed a couple key points.

Five stars

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