A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

I also blog about
graphic novels and manga on a separate BLOG.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

299. Blue Bay Mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner

Blue Bay Mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner. Illustrated by Dirk Gringhuis (US) - (Canada) - (Kindle)
The Alden Family Mysteries (aka The Boxcar Children), #6

Pages: 157
Ages: 7+
Finished: Nov. 2, 2012
First Published: 1961
Publisher: Scholastic
Genre: children, MG, mystery, early chapter book
Rating: 4/5

First sentence: "One winter day Jessie Alden met her brother Henry in the hall."

Publisher's Summary:  "The Aldens find a castaway on a South Sea island. How did he get there and who is he?"

Acquired:  Can't remember but was from a thrift store or garage sale.
Reason for Reading:  I am working my way through the original 19 books.  This is also from the Random Bookshelf I am reading from.

Returning to the typical theme of these books, the mystery involves finding out the identity of a mystery person.  This time it is a little different though as the children can't find the person but know he is there.  Grandfather takes the children plus Ben's friend Mike, again, to the South Seas to a desert island for a vacation.  Lars is their guide and completes the group.  While having fun living on a deserted island the group find clues that there is someone else on the island and eventually meet a castaway boy.  The tale he has to tell them is adventurous and exciting.

This is a fun book in the series.  It holds true to form and gives what is expected from the series by now.  Grandfather's inclusion stunts the children's style a bit but they do get some time to go off on their own.  Children will enjoy the excitement of the castaway boy and his experiences, but I think the story would have been better served if he had been introduced earlier as we don't get enough time with him.  Overall, a good entry in the series.

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