Miss Demeanor

The Case of the Long Blonde Hair (1)

Children - Mystery
120 Pages
Reviewed on 09/26/2023
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Reviewed by Demetria Head for Readers' Favorite

Miss Demeanor: The Case of the Long Blonde Hair by Edward White is a delightful and engaging children's mystery that introduces readers to a young, determined, and brilliant detective-in-the-making, Celia J. At just thirteen years old, Celia embarks on a thrilling journey to become the world's greatest detective, armed with the skills she's acquired at a CSI summer camp program. However, her investigative talents are put to the test when she discovers an attempt to defraud her grieving father. After the loss of her mother, Celia's father enrolls her in the CSI program to help her cope with grief and keep her in a safe environment. Celia's dedication and excellence in her investigative lessons not only earn her the respect of her classmates but also that of Detective Lieutenant Beth, whom she sees as both a heroine and a potential companion for her father. The heart of the story lies in Celia's determination to protect her father from a devious woman with long blonde hair who seeks to defraud him, along with her intimidating accomplice. Celia's brave decision to launch her own investigation and surveillance sets the stage for a thrilling and dangerous adventure far from home.

Miss Demeanor is a character-driven middle-grade mystery that captivates readers with its vivid cast of heroes and villains, an intricately woven plot, crime scene investigative tools, moments of suspense, humor, and a touching backstory. Edward White's storytelling draws readers deep into the narrative, making them feel as though they are part of Celia's world. This story offers young readers a relatable and endearing character in Celia J. Her minor flaws add depth and authenticity to her character, making her a believable and lovable protagonist. The detailed descriptions of crime scene investigative techniques are presented at a level of understanding suitable for middle-grade readers, providing both entertainment and education. The story not only entertains but also imparts valuable life lessons. It explores the emotions of a grieving father and daughter and offers a heartwarming backstory about Celia's dad and Detective Beth that instills hope. Miss Demeanor is a page-turner for readers of all ages, offering a richly imagined world of mystery, courage, and the enduring bonds of family and friendship. Edward White has created a winning combination of suspense and heart that is sure to captivate young and adult readers alike.