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Reviewed by Alyssa Elmore for Readers' Favorite
The Mysterious Package (A Hanna and Tamar Mystery) by Christa Nardi and Cassidy Salem is a YA whodunit about two sisters who stumble on an adventure while on a train ride to their grandparents' house. Hanna and Tamar are on Thanksgiving break and looking forward to reuniting with their friends in Vermont while spending time at their grandparents' farmhouse. Only, things become complicated when they witness a young woman on the train in need of help. When they intervene in a fight and offer their support as the distressed young woman confronts a violent looking young man, they are quickly dismissed. The sisters think little about the whole incident until they are called to by the young woman who introduces herself as Gwen.
When the mysterious Gwen shoves a package into Tamar's hands at the train station and then quickly disappears, the sisters are left with an oddly shaped package and a bunch of unanswered questions. As soon as they arrive at their grandparents' house, they set out to find out who Gwen is and what the contents of the package may be. Does the package contain something illegal or dangerous? Suddenly, Hanna and Tamar find themselves deep in a mystery with a dangerous man lurking in the shadows, claiming that the package is his and demanding its return. Will Hanna and Tamar find the disappearing girl? Who does the package really belong to?
The Mysterious Package by Christa Nardi and Cassidy Salem is a YA mystery written similarly to the Nancy Drew mysteries. I liked the fact that while the gruesome element of death was lacking, an interesting mystery needed to be solved. The sisters were only a year apart, but it made little difference in their relationship, which was a refreshing change from many YA books where sibling rivalry rears its ugly head. This book is a fun mystery, leaving the reader hoping for more from Hanna and Tamar. I would recommend this book to girls ages 14-17 who love a good mystery.