Saturday, June 29, 2013

Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking: A 14 Day Mystery by Erin Dionne


Moxie has always known her grandfather “Grumps” was in “the business” but when an old associate comes looking around for some missing items she finds out just how involved he was.  Moxie has 14 days to locate the missing items…or else.  Unfortunately, Grumps has Alzheimer’s and can’t help her out.  Using her skills as a mathematician and with the help of her best friend, Ollie she investigates the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist and the role her grandfather played.  Moxie’s investigation takes her to the State House, the Old North Church, and Fenway.  There is a lot to love about this mystery, especially for New England readers familiar with the setting.

I really enjoyed this book.  It helped that I have been to Boston several times and know the locations in the book.  I thought the author did a good job of integrating Boston culture and history with a famous art museum mystery.  The only thing that was weird to me was that Moxie was entering high school.  She didn’t seem that old and I felt like her character could have been younger considering how she acted and the reading level of the book.  I don’t see this book as being popular with the high school crowd but rather with grade 4-6.

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