Sunday, August 5, 2012

Review & Giveaway: Cora Flash and the Diamond of Madagascar by Tommy Davey

Synopsis:  Eleven-year-old Cora Flash is ecstatic when she finally convinces her mom to let her take a train ride by herself to visit a relative in the mountains. Once on board, Cora meets a cast of intriguing characters, and stumbles upon her very own mystery: A valuable diamond has gone missing, and only one of her fellow travellers could have stolen it. It's up to our novice detective to solve the crime before the train reaches its destination – or the thief reaches Cora. This is the first book in the 'Cora Flash' series.
Ages 9-12

Review:  Cora is a clever eleven-year-old who sets out to find a missing diamond.d  Along the way she meets some quirky characters, that are really likable, - especially Calvin, the dog.  The author did an excellent job of writing from an eleven-year-old's perspective.  My stepdaughter is eleven, and Cora communicated and behaved in a manner that my stepdaughter does on a daily basis. 

The plot is well developed, and the writing clean and easy to read.  I plan to get a copy of this book for my stepdaughter, who is a bookworm like me.  She is always looking for new a new series to read, and Cora Flash and the Diamond of Madagascar seems like the start of a really good series.  The book contains adventure and peril - but it's done in a way, with safety nets in place, that children reading the series wouldn't "try this at home" so to speak.

I give Cora Flash and the Diamond of Madagascar 4 stars.

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About the author:  

Tommy Davey spent his youth writing mystery stories and plays, and watching reruns of Three's Company until every line of dialogue was permanently burned into his memory. When not writing, he enjoys traveling to favorite destinations including New York City and Paris, which he plans to feature in future stories. He lives in Toronto, where he was born and raised, with a Norfolk Terrier named Calvin. "Cora Flash and the Diamond of Madagascar" is his first novel. Connect with Tommy, on his website,  Facebook, tommy_writes" target="_blank">Twitter
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Emlyn Chand said...

Great review, Jennifer. I'm so glad you enjoyed Cora and that you think your kidlet will enjoy her too. Thanks for joining us on this tour, and please take a moment to cross-post to Amazon and GoodReads. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

My daughter will be 11 this year and I know she'd love this book! She's really into reading right now, too :)

Tea norman said...

Oh, I would love to meet Cora Flash and help her find that missing diamond. Would love to read it.

ruthhill74 said...

I love the clean bit! It is so rare to find a clean mystery, but this one is!

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