Lutheran author Katherine H. Klemp has rereleased her first mystery novel, This One’s for You, Dad with a new and improved look (and longer title)! Since she’s removed her previous version, I’ll copy my review on over from the last one.
What I also want you to know is that her second book in the Eagle River Detectives series is set to release in October! Yay! This is a clean, super-family friendly series. Written to be enjoyed by those nine and older! (Though, for this first book, be aware there is dementia and related situations).
This book follows a set of siblings who find themselves in a new town with several building complications. For a while things seem to be ok after the kids settle in with their grandpa after their dad dies, but why would their mom whisper to someone that their dad died of a broken heart? And, while their mom is on an extended trip for work, how will they handle their grandpa’s mental turn toward the worse? More questions comes up and the kids work together to find answers.
I might call this older kid lit. I think such a forgetful grandpa could scare little kids, but you don’t have to be into romance or anything to enjoy the story as it enfolds. It includes some very innocent dating, kids taking initiative to help others and become responsible, and a mystery whose answers are gradually revealed.
This is not the type of mystery where you can guess the answer with clues along the way, but this is an enjoyable summer read for a nicely broad age-range. You might even be able to use it to help kids be less scared about issues of dementia.
I like how even the title hints at future cases to come!