By Gordon Korman
I had not read any of the previous 39 clues books but picked this up on a whim. My daughter (9) really enjoys them.
was happy that the plot didn't seem too confusing to a newbie to the
series. I really enjoyed the pacing of the story and the plot. I was a
little concerned at the level of violence; while nothing ever really bad
seems to happen to the main characters, there was a fair amount of
violence and suspense to other characters in the book. For that reason I
don't think I will be allowing my daughter to move on to the second
series right away, and I will want to go back and read a couple of the
original series to make sure they're not too violent.
I found the
plot to be refreshing and enjoyable. While the kids are independent of
adults, it's not because the adults are incompetent, as can be seen in
other books, rather that the mystery is for kids.