Date: June, 2003
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Mystery, Amateur Sleuth
Notes: Mild language
Susan McBride is the author
of "And Then She Was Gone" and "Overkill."
An Alaska Mystery
By Sue Henry
Trap is the tenth in Sue Henry's mystery series set in Alaska,
featuring Iditarod musher Jessie Arnold and her lead dog, Tank.
In this one, Jessie and her friends are gathered in the living room
of her new log cabin, built after arson took down her former home.
The visitors include State Trooper Phil Becker, ten-year-old Danny
Tabor, senior citizen Frank Monroe, and Jessie's old love, Alex
Jensen. The chapter begins as each of them takes his or her turn
describing murderous goings-on at the recent Alaska State Fair,
events that put Jessie's and Tank's lives in jeopardy.
her bum knee keeping her from her usual activities, Jessie agrees
to help a friend at a fair booth, passing out info on the Iditarod.
There, she meets young Danny (who's run away from home in order
to attend the fair) and Frank Monroe (who's run away from the old
folks' home). Danny accidentally picks up a red bag that belongs
to one of the fair's security guards, starting a chain of misfortune
that includes a murder on the fairgrounds and ends up with the kidnappings
of Tank and Jessie.
plot sounds intriguing enough, and it should have been. My quibble
with this book is the way the story is told in flashbacks. The point
of view switches constantly, which dilutes the suspense and turns
Death Trap into a passive book. It's like hearing a tale
secondhand--which is never as much fun--and keeps the reader at
a distance. Sue Henry fans might miss being right there in the moment
with Jessie, but at least they'll be reassured right from the beginning
that she survives this Death Trap, along with her chums.