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Alexandra Eden

Average Review Rating Average Rating 8/10 (1 Review)
Book Details

Publisher : Allen A. Knoll

Published : 2002

Copyright : Alexandra Eden 2002

ISBN-10 : PB 1-888310-22-7
ISBN-13 : PB 978-1-888310-22-1

Publisher's Write-Up

As the first in this endearing series of juvenile mysteries, Alexandra Eden introduces ex-policeman-turned-detective Bones Fatzinger, and clever twelve-year-old Verity (Duchess) Buscador - a unique pair of crime solvers. They tackle their first case of two twelve-year-old best friends, Wanda and Arvilla, who have disappeared.

Together Bones and the duchess attempt to decode jumbled messages written by the two girls before they vanished. Verity may have Asperger's Syndrome (an autism 'lite'), but her wisdom surpasses her fellow twelve year olds, and perhaps even some adults on the case. Follow this team of private investigators on their journey through a fictitious Oz.

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Review by Rachel Newcombe (130604) Rating (8/10)

Review by Rachel Newcombe
Rating 8/10
Bones Fatzinger is an ex-police officer kicked off the force for being too lenient with criminals. Left to live on a tight budget, he stays in the Broad Street Hotel, where he befriends the owner’s granddaughter, 12-year-old Verity Buscador.

When two of Verity’s classmates mysteriously disappear, Bones and the Duchess team up and launch their own investigation. Although Bones is doubtful that Verity can offer any help, she soon proves valuable. Together they discover a series of mysterious clues with references to ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and, with the help of Verity’s computer whiz friend, who Bones refers to as the Nerd, set about unravelling them. Verity and the Nerd come out in glowing colours, acutely understanding the minds and codes of their friends, where Bones and the police are left stumped.

Competing against the police and against time, the investigation reaches a fast-paced, gripping climax.

The story is narrated from the perspective of Bones, in a light-hearted and easy-to-read manner. Verity has Asperger’s Syndrome, so interspersed throughout the text are subtle explanations of aspects of the condition, such as ritualistic behaviour and an inability to look people directly in the eyes. Each reference is explained with clarity, offering readers an extra bit of knowledge and, hopefully, understanding of the condition.
Rachel Newcombe (13th June 2004)

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