Wednesday, March 16, 2016

"Mystery at the Hot Pond" by David DeVowe

About this book:

  “It was the last day of our lives as we knew it.
  Very little changed at Stoney Creek for eleven-year-old Arthur (Shoe) Makinen until MaryAnne DuPree upset his school year in 1924. Shoe discovers evidence that a double drowning at the sawmill may have been murder. MaryAnne’s faith is intertwined in the investigation. What is she going here? Was it an accident or murder? Will life ever be the same?
  A Secret kept by Stoney Creek’s most powerful.
  An unlikely friendship forged.
  Two Lives Changed Forever.”

Series: Book #1 in the “Greatest Treasure” series.

Spiritual Content- A few Scriptures are read, quoted & mentioned; A Blessing over food; Church; A bit of witnessing to Shoe; Talks about God & image-bearers; ‘H’s are not capital when referring to God; Arthur/Shoe doesn’t like church much; MaryAnne has a faith; A couple mentions of those in the Bible; Mentions of the Lord; Mentions of church, hymns & sermons.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: two ‘dumb’s; Kids can be rude/mean to their peers (Most kids call a girl Buffalo Alice because she’s bigger than them); Bullies & being hit (up to semi-detailed); A mention of a dead mouse & toad (barley-above-not-detailed); A couple mentions of animal waste; A couple mentions of gunshots; A few mentions of fighting & bloody noses; A few mentions of a bar & drinking; A few mentions of cigars & cigarettes; Mentions of animal traps & skins; Mentions of switches; Mentions of threats; Mentions of two murders (barley-above-not-detailed).

Sexual Content- Arthur/Shoe says no girls are pretty; Shoe doesn’t understand why a girl would like a guy in the first place (“Guys are gawky.”); A mention of girls thinking a young man is handsome; A mention of ugly girls; A mention of holding a girl’s hand (that’s shockingly warm); A mention of a married woman liking the attention of younger men; A couple mentions of nursing.

-Arthur “Shoe” Makinen, age 11
                                                1st person P.O.V. of Arthur/Shoe
                                                    Set in 1924
                                                        135 pages

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My personal Rating-
That was cute! I liked the last half better, though, because Shoe is nicer to MaryAnne. At the beginning I wanted to boss him around (like a big sister) to be nicer to her. ;)
Very light mystery and even though it’s technically a double murder mystery, the details never went above barely-above-not-detailed. That was nice. :)

See y’all on Friday with a new review!

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this book for free from the Author for this honest review.

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