This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.
Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite
The Case of the Mysterious Black Cat is the second book in the Davey & Derek: Junior Detectives series written by Janice Spina. With their mother having just started working full time and their older brother working part time after school, ten-year-old non-identical twins and junior sleuths, Davey and Derek, are now required to be supervised by elderly Aunt Grisela (aka Gigi) and Uncle George each day after school. Having travelled the world during their long lives, Gigi and George had collected many souvenirs and artifacts, which the twins marvel over. After noticing Gigi’s black cat, Mianna, looking back at them from Gigi’s crystal ball, Davey and Derek decide to solve the mystery which surrounds the cat. It does not take long to determine that Gigi is gifted with magical powers which have been passed down to each set of twins in her blood line, making Davey and Derek the next in line. When Davey wakes one night, screaming, after dreaming of Mianna, who’d tried in vain to convey an urgent warning that Jenny (the Deaf younger sister of their best friend Mickey) is in danger, it takes every trick in the book to save Jenny when she disappears.
The backstories about Davey, Derek and Mickey are well covered at the beginning of the book, enabling the reader to know the most important details of the main players in the story. It impresses me that Janice Spina wants her readers to have the full advantage of character details to be able to connect with them more, without forcing the reader to buy earlier books in order to do so. The addition of magic to the mystery was a big twist which gave an extra huge element of excitement, adventure and super possibilities for the twins’ future cases which need to be solved. I found The Case of the Mysterious Black Cat to be an excellent magical tale and very much look forward to Davey and Derek’s next adventure. The author's writing and imagination are incredible. I recommend this book to those in the 7-12 age group, or even the young at heart who love a little bit of magic served up with their mystery.