An Emma Graham mystery #3
New American Library
Feb 2012 / 97804512351235640
by Barbara Buhrer
As a cub reporter
for the weekly Conservative newspaper, Emma Graham is writing a
series of articles about the attempt on her life while she was solving
the mysterious drowning of a young girl many years ago. She also
helps out at the Hotel Paradise where her mother works.
She now becomes
curious about the unsolved disappearance of Baby Fay Slate from
the Paradise Hotel 35 years ago. There was never a demand for ransom;
there were no clues; there was no body found. Emma delves into newspaper
archives for information about the supposed kidnapping and interviews
former residents. She has various theories about the case which
father appears on the scene after many years and a new hotel employee
who is a drifter adds to the mystery. They both raise questions
which Emma is challenged to answer.
This is a well
plotted suspenseful mystery with an excellent cast of colorful characters.
Emma is intelligent, precocious, witty, inquisitive. Having said
that, is it any surprise that she solved the mystery of the baby's
kidnapping? However it does defy belief that a 10 year old girl
could solve a mystery which had baffled seasoned police for years
doesn't? Of Course that's what makes a good story...