Friday, February 5, 2016

Eddie Red Undercover: Mystery on Museum Mile by Marcia Wells

Eddie Red Undercover: Mystery on Museum MileEddie is in the sixth grade, and he can remember exactly everything he sees. He has a photographic memory. The police learn about his talent and hire him to help catch some art thieves. Detective Bovano doubts Eddie's ability and doesn't like that they're forced to work together. Eddie is only supposed to make drawings of people at museums, but he starts his own investigation when he finds out the police are about ready to give up. He notices some people in disguise, and he starts to figure out a pattern to the crimes. Of course, Bovano doesn't want to hear about it, especially after Eddie thinks a policewoman is part of the gang! It looks like it's up to Eddie and his best friend to solve the mystery.

The mystery had many twists and unfolded like a puzzle. Actually, a chess game. Eddie and Bovano had a fun relationship; Eddie was the enthusiastic, curious boy and Bovano was the serious, gruff cop. Eddie's friend with ADHD added some humor. Eddie's photographic memory is uncommon in novels and added a unique quality to the plot. I also liked Eddie's problem-solving mind. Of course, the plot included a school bully to keep things like "normal" middle school stories.

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