|by Barbara Early|
There’s not many girls who can’t recall time spent with a Nancy Drew book in hand. Whether read while stretched in a hammock in the summer sunshine, curled up in a chair in front of the fireplace, or under the covers with a flashlight, hopefully the books inspire a pattern of lifelong reading.
For me, I consumed them, sighed when no new ones remained on the shelves, then graduated to Agatha Christie. I left mystery behind for a time while I wandered through various genres. I read some romances, some sci-fi, some fantasy, a smattering of Christian fiction, and a lot of classics. I read children’s and YA as my daughter did. And then, at a difficult time, a transitional time when people disappointed and circumstances were unsettled and difficult, plagued by insomnia, I turned to the comfort of an old friend: the cozy mystery.
And I fell in love all over again.
The Key in the Attic, by our DeAnna Julie Dodson is just such a book.
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Like others in this series, there is no murder. There are puzzles for Annie and friends (and the reader) to solve, and some minor break-ins, as Annie and friends follow a trail of coded messages while looking for solutions to Mary Beth’s financial dilemma. There’s a hint of a potential romance, some family drama, and craft, antiques and historical references all interwoven with the mystery. Add a chuckle at Annie’s unusual and resourceful method for making the villain ’fess up, and The Key in the Attic was a satisfying, cozy read.
Annie’s Attic Mysteries. Their website is set up for a subscription to the series, but if you'd like to buy just Letters in the Attic or The Key in the Attic, you can contact Customer Service at (800)282-6643 (8 a.m. - 7 p.m. [CST] Mon. - Fri.) or e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org.