June 8, 2011

Hauntings and Heists (The Mysterious Four)

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Book_Cover A detective, as defined by Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is "one who is employed or engaged in detecting (determining the facts) lawbreakers or in getting information that is not readily or publicly accessible."

So, when you think of detectives, do the names Sherlock Holmes, Nancy Drew, and the Hardy Boys come to mind? While these notable figures are certainly some of the most well known crime-solvers in literature, the characters in Hauntings and Heists, Book #1 of The Mysterious Four series by Dan Poblocki, can be called detectives in their own right.

In this book, you'll meet Viola, Sylvester, Rosie, and Woodrow, the members of the Mysterious Four group, as they try to solve various unknowns and mysteries in six questions or less. And if you're thinking, how are these four middle schoolers solving crimes in six questions or less? Not to worry because these "mysteries" are really stepping stones to becoming superb detectives. The characters focus on finding all of the facts, observing their surroundings, looking for minute details, and thinking outside of the box in order to come up with the final answer to the question.

I highly recommend this short yet entertaining read to anyone who's interested in coming up with the right question(s) to solve a mystery.

β€” Carly M., Stacks Blogger

  1. Janvi

    I believe that the thing to keep in mind-in crime fiticon as well as anything else- is that 95% of everything is garbage. The trick is to find the authors who do have something to say and are able to say it well. And given the history of crime fiticon, from the sensation novels of the 1860s and 70s (Wilkie Collins, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Ellen Wood, Charles Reader) and their immediate predecessors in Dickens and the gothic novels up through the Golden Age (Sayers, Christie, Marsh) and then to the hard boiled school before veering off to the metaphysical mysteries of Pynchon and Auster, this is an enormous amount of great material. And I haven’t even included non-English crime novels from the likes of Vidoq and Dostoevsky! Or the infinite Sherlock reboots! Or any of the great international fiticon represented in this blog! TV has only exacerbated this crime overload, though I choose not to watch TV because life is too short so I have no cogent examples to offer… My point is that, given this incredible amount of work in a genre that still sells well (and is sold to consumers), crime fiticon must still be relevant. It would not sell if it were not speaking to some fundamental aspect of the human condition. But, the down side is that because it sells, there will of course be a legion of imitators and hacks who want to make a quick dollar. And that is okay, because it is a capitalist society…I have certainly enjoyed some less-than-great crime fiticon, but haven’t we all at some point? We all get to spend time finding our really great 5% material. And, finally, why is both the list of great reads and underappreciated reads entirely by men, and vastly by Americans? I would hope that a critic, who ostensibly spends time with some great writers, would also know of a greater variety of authors. I am happy to give any writer a try, so I’ll look into them nonetheless.

  2. azurewords1

    ok hi im azurewords1 and srry to say but i have never read this book before and i am trying to look for it in the library.

  3. dolphincheerful11

    well because i am a secret school detective and solve mysteries in school i would like to raed this book to find out what questions should be asked and why you never know when you might really ned some help finding out a mystery

  4. dylan

    help! i am looking for a book about 4 kids that had to face their fears. One was afraid of water, one afraid of bugs, one was afraid of tight spaces, and i can’t remember the last one. the cover of the book had 4 kids and a mansion in the background. can anyone help me find the title of this book?

  5. Torion

    @ school right now 1 more day to school out and wish Jack black the best with KUNG FU PANDA 2 LUV IT. AND RANGO with Jhony depp and pirates of the caribin that’s my birthday cake shout out to lupe fiasco and new boyz!!! and see yah AIR JORDANS SHOUT OUT TO Micheal Jordan!!! and barack obama.

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