Rating: 4 of 5
Author: Louie Flann
Teaching criminology at Braxton University, the last thing Professor Palma thought was that his academic skills would be put to the test when the school’s prized artifact is stolen just before homecoming. Being located in a small Midwestern town, Palma could hardly believe anyone would steel such an artifact. Where would they fence such a treasure? Together with his students Jason, Ralphy, and sisters Monica and Veronica LaMonica, Professor Palma races against the clock to find the stolen artifact.
Louie Flann’s “Next Time We Steal the Carillon” is a tween mystery that reminded me of a cross between the series “Unnatural History” that aired briefly on Cartoon Network and the movie “Young Sherlock Holmes”. This is a nice family mystery that has interesting characters, a few plot twists, and overall good clean fun. Flann takes the reader into the life of a Midwestern university and its small town characters. There are twists and turns that loosely connect the plot but in my view they are provided more for the readers enjoyment and introduction to many of the strange goings on in town than plot advancement.
While the action takes place at a university, I think the target audience for this is more the 9-12 age range. Priced at $2.99 on kindle this is a bargain middle grade ebook read.
Note: A complimentary copy of this work was provided in return for a review.