Mar 26, 2011
Author: Martha Grimes
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Viking Adult (February 3, 2011)
A cute continuation of a story that has gone on through two prior books that involve sweet, smart and determined 12 year old Emma Graham. Emma's mother works at the Hotel Paradise and Emma spends her days helping out around the hotel (one chore is mixing interesting drinks with whatever alcohol she finds for her Aunt Aurora) and continuing to hone her sleuthing skills.
This book continues to go after the mystery of the baby who disappeared at the Hotel Belle Ruin 20 years ago. A baby who Emma is beginning to think never actually existed.
As Emma spends her days investigating, interrogating and spying, you get to meet a wonderful group of characters. This is what makes the book worth the read - I would almost say the mystery is just glue holding the character stories together. They are inventive, humorous, terribly eccentric and wonderful to meet. For them alone, this book is worth picking up.