The Bootlegger's Secret

Fiction - Suspense
166 Pages
Reviewed on 07/22/2010
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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

This story is about eleven-year olds in the summer of 1941. Mark and Swede are best friends who are swimming in the river, experiencing a lazy and delicious summer day of do-nothing-ness when Swede takes a dive and finds a submerged car. AH! What is in this car? Could any young tween boy not be curious and take a look? Nothing doing! Swede finds a nice cigarette case. Now the mystery begins as he and Mark take the case back to their tree house. While checking out the case they find some interesting papers. Unknowingly, the two boys become caught between the good guys and the bad guys.

This story is great, incorporating the work ethic into a boy's summer. The boys have chores to do and even when having fun they remember to go home and finish their jobs.

This is somewhat of a Mayberry type read . . . murder, mayhem and malicious misdeeds take precedent but the people band together and you never feel that the boys are "out on a limb." However, I wouldn't classify this story to as gory or "yucky"---more realistic. A page-turning mystery that begs to be read in a day!

A fast paced, action packed, the lazy days of summer mystery. A fantastic 4 star read for youth. I think all ages would enjoy this read.