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.

Monday, May 6, 2013

112. The Woodshed Mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Woodshed Mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner. Illustrations by David Cunningham
The Alden Family Mysteries/The Boxcar Children, #7

Rating: (5/5)

(US) - (Canada)

1962, Albert Whitman, 159 pgs
Age: 7+

"A double puzzle involves an old friend of Aunt Jane's, romance, and a chase."

Bookmooched a copy.

One of the better mysteries in this wonderful children's series.  All the familiar faces are back as everyone gathers together at the Aldens.  For the first time the children do not go on a vacation for the summer, breaking the mold of all the previous books.  Aunt Jane moves back to their part of the country, moving into the old family home.  Even though the mystery is easily solved by an adult, for the first time in this series a genuine mystery with clues and ties to the past, including the Revolutionary War bring about an exciting story making this one of the finer stories in the collection.  At this point Henry is in college, Jessie a high school senior and Violet is ready to start high school after this summer so the dynamics of the children are changing too with Benny still being the only little one left.  Most of the minor characters are collected here but with the marriage of one, there is also the mention that some will be leaving and I'm thinking may be departing from the series at this time, while the marriage adds a new character who could easily fill the role played by the departing characters: adventure supervisor, adult companion etc.  Since I'm reading Warner's 19, I'm appreciating the flow of the basic plot continuity of reading them in numerical order as well.

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