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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
The Case of the Mystery of the Bells is the sixth book in the Davey & Derek Junior Detectives series by Janice Spina, introducing readers to exciting young characters. Davey and Derek are twelve-year-old non-identical twins who are inspired by a book bought for each of them by their parents when they were ten. They live in the quiet town of Lindon, New Hampshire and are always on the lookout for adventure. This time they are out to solve the mystery of the bells. The only problem is that it's more complex than anything they imagined. Can they put the pieces together and solve the riddle?
This is a gorgeous story and while it's the sixth book in the series, it reads well as a standalone novel. Janice Spina has a unique gift for character and it is interesting to watch the two lead characters evolve through the story. I loved how they complement each other. One is a critical thinker who quickly looks for solutions while the other has a photographic memory. The humor builds up in the dynamics of the relationship between Davey and Derek. The writing is crisp, filled with focused and well-crafted scenes, dialogues that add depth to the story and deepen character, and descriptions filled with magical realism. While this is a balanced and beautifully written story for young readers, it has great potential to keep adults glued to every page. The Case of the Mystery of the Bells is a delightful story that is both absorbing and cinematic.