I couldn’t think of a better way to start the month than a featured review of a new book by one of our past MMGM contributors, Fleur Bradley. I’m also the first stop on an ambitious blog tour. Check out the schedule below after you read my review.
MIDNIGHT AT THE BARCLAY HOTEL has everything you’d want in a good old fashioned murder mystery (or I should say “young fashioned”). You’ll find a growing list of suspects, three kid detectives, and a secluded locale in the Colorado Mountains.
The 52 chapters move along at a perfect pace and the story will have you wanting to finish the book in one sitting. I didn’t, but reading a few chapters quickly turned into six or seven. It was rather addicting.
Innocent or not, each of the characters have a secret they don’t want to reveal. I changed my mind a half dozen times as to who I thought committed the dastardly deed. The children all have engaging personalities. JJ dislikes reading but wants to be a ghost hunter. Penny loves to read and wants to follow in her granddad’s footsteps and become a detective. Emma is a resident at the hotel and is just happy to have other kids visiting. Together they try and solve the whodunit.
A fun, engaging read.
Here’s the official synopsis:
When JJ Jacobson convinced his mom to accept a surprise invitation to an all-expenses-paid weekend getaway at the illustrious Barclay Hotel, he never imagined that he’d find himself in the midst of a murder mystery. He thought he was in for a run-of-the-mill weekend ghost hunting at the most haunted spot in town, but when he arrives at the Barclay Hotel and his mother is blamed for the hotel owner’s death, he realizes his weekend is going to be anything but ordinary.
Now, with the help of his new friends, Penny and Emma, JJ has to track down a killer, clear his mother’s name, and maybe even meet a ghost or two along the way.
BOOK BIRTHDAY: AUGUST 25, 2020 PAGE COUNT: 320
FIVE MORE THINGS TO LIKE ABOUT MIDNIGHT AT THE BARCLAY HOTEL by Fleur Bradley
- Colorado in the winter is the perfect choice for a mystery, especially when the characters are trapped at a haunted hotel in the middle of a snowstorm.
- No overly scary moments. Some MG mysteries’ main purpose is to frighten readers, but here it is all about figuring out the guilty party.
- The illustrations scattered throughout added a visual element readers will enjoy. They each give more life to an already great story.
- The mystery is divided into four parts. LIARS, LIARS; MOTIVE; THE MISSING PUZZLE PIECE; and the climatic ending MIDNIGHT AT THE BARCLAY HOTEL. A nice way to frame the plot.
- This was even more fun for me as I have spent some time at the famed and very haunted Stanley Hotel in Colorado.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR, Fleur Bradley
I grew up in the Netherlands (you can look up where that is on the map), where I spent my childhood riding my bike, catching tadpoles, and reading Pippi Longstocking and Roald Dahl books. I loved to read, and I loved to draw, too. My very favorite book was The BFG by Roald Dahl. I would read under the covers well past my bedtime, secretly hoping for the BFG to knock on my window.
But somewhere along the way (around my high school years), I sort of lost the passion for reading. It wasn’t until I was given a paperback thriller many years later that I caught the reading bug again. After reading many, many mysteries and thrillers, I decided to try my hand at writing (I was pretty bad at it at first, to be honest). It took a long time before some of my short mysteries started appearing in small press magazines, which encouraged me to keep writing. (For more visit the author’s web site)
Check out all the upcoming stops on MIDNIGHT AT THE BARCLAY HOTEL Blog Tour:
Aug. 11th: An interview at MG Bookvillage
Aug 14th: Book review at Charlotte’s Library
Aug. 16th: Guest post: Fleur talks about reaching reluctant readers at Unleashing Readers
Aug. 17th: Review at Secret Files of Fairday Morrow blog
Aug. 18th: Review and giveaway at MG Mojo
Aug. 19th.: Interview and giveaway at From the Mixed-Up Files
Aug. 21st: Book review at Our Thoughts Precisely.
Aug. 23rd: Interview and giveaway at Spooky MG
Aug. 24th: Interview at YA Booknerd
Aug. 25th: Writers Digest Author Spotlight
Sept. 4th : Fleur talks about getting out of your comfort zone on Kirby Larson’s blog
Sept. 8th: Fleur outlines how to develop a compelling MG concept at Writers Digest
(I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review. Comments are welcome below:)
ALSO: The winner of my recent giveaway of DAN UNMASKED is June McCrary Jacobs. Congratulations and enjoy the book!