17 January 2011

The Mysterious Disappearance of Leon; Ellen Raskin

Mysterious Disappearance of LeonMysterious Disappearance of Leon by Ellen Raskin
YMy rating: 3 of 5 stars

The reprint of Mysterious Disappearance of Leon will be a hit with those that love the Blue Baillet mysteries. Instead of codes, there are word puzzles to solve, all stemming from the garbled declarations of a drowning man.

A child-bride, heiress to a soup fortune, seeks her husband fourteen years after they marry; a boating accident in which Leon (oops! Noel) disappears leads to a 20+ year hunt through cities with St. Paul churches, New in their title, Chinese restaurants with won ton soups, seals and other oddities. Mrs. Carillon's quest also includes adopting two non-Siamese twins, Tina and Tony, wearing a purple bathing suit at all times, and a stint in the pest-hole after sort-of inciting a riot in Blookmingales.

Eventually, all is solved, people live happily ever after, and readers who like puzzles will have had fun.

ARC provided by publisher.

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