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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Gang of Sleuths by PV Lundqvist

Hi guys!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Yesterday, we brought you the tail...excuse me, tale of one feline with a knack for catching the bad guys. Today, we bring you a whole GANG of mystery solving, myth busting geniuses.  Okay, well perhaps saying they are ALL geniuses is not exactly accurate but they are each in their own way.  Trust me on this. Before I go putting the horse before the cart, allow me to introduce you to today's book of choice...

(A Tony Pandy Mystery, Book 2)

About the book...
Fourteen-year-old millionaire Tony Pandy solves mysteries from the seat of his wheelchair. Not because he wants to, but because he has to. Losing his home if he doesn't. This time Tony has to find out why the Hindenburg disaster happened. "Because it was a big ole bomb-bag," Tony said. "See, solved. Now I don't have to miss lunch." "Like you'd eat it," his health aide replied. "Besides, maybe it's not that simple." And it's not. Tony will have to face a fear he didn't know that he had-and find out more about the mysterious trust that controls his fortune. Then there's the problem of having squatters on the estate, one of whom just might be the love of Tony's life. On top of that? She brought her boyfriend. As if the mystery wasn't trouble enough.


Tony's back and just as cranky and controlling as ever...only this time, add JEALOUS to the mix and you've really got a hot-rodding teen about to explode.

Book two of this growing series finds Tony picking up just where we left in literally about two days after the first book ends.  In order for him to keep the roof over his (and his mother's!) heads and remain in (some) control of his estate, he must get to work on the next mystery as assigned by those that pull the purse strings.  Curious as to who this person or persons really are, and what their true purpose in having Tony jump (figuratively speaking...mostly) through all these hoops is about, but that's an answer to be found another time.  Yes readers, here we receive answers only in the short term sense, not the overall picture but that doesn't make them any less important.  This time around, we're talking a HINDENBURG size mystery to solve and only 30...correction, 28 and dwindling days to do it.  No pressure, after all he's a genius, right?  Well...even geniuses can be distracted and his particular "shiny object" is the presence of Juni...and Dirk.  Juni (aka Juniper) is his heart's desire while Dirk is unexpected and unwanted competition.  Can Tony solve more than just why the "big ole gas bag" blew?  Will he keep his snarky, belittling nature in check long enough to win the girl (and not blow her up!)?  Will his mother ever leave her house or Hawes not end up riding something uber dangerous?  All will be revealed in due time..

So, as you can see, it's quite the story and despite being a sequel, does not suffer from a case of the "Sophomore slump".  You know, that dreaded syndrome second releases can be afflicted with that makes you wonder...why in the world am I reading this!  Here, so not the case.  Tony is just as I remember, testy and impatient, smart yet not in all areas, and despite wanting to give up, never actually carrying through.  Glad to see Hawes is still around because really, with Tony's tantrums and access to information, you really never know.  Juniper's continued appearance is not unexpected (though it does take a little getting use to with her text speak) but her tag-along "friend-who-wants-to-be-more" certainly is.  I see why Tony doesn't like the guy, I'm not really a fan either, but his longevity within the series is in we may be seeing more of him but I don't necessarily think Juni will be for long.  *fingers crossed*

All in all, a great addition to this growing Mystery and Adventure series for Kids Fiction fans.  There's a little something for everyone from danger and missions (im)possible,to young love and jealousy.  Whether you've read the first installment (recommended!) or choose to jump in here, you won't be lost but you will be ready for more.


About the author...

PV Lundqvist...loves his family, pot-bellied pigs, and baseball — in that order. PV Lundqvist is his nom de 'net. Has a Master's in Creative Writing from Emerson, member of SCBWI, and a former social worker. Blogs about his life and his writing.



Special thanks to the author for the review copy as well as the chance to bring Tony's latest blunderings, I mean adventures to all of you.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the growing series, the author, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title is available now in both ebook and paperback, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.

Until next time...happy reading!

1 comment:

Tracy Terry said...

A teenage wheelchair using sleuth? How wonderful.

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