Devlin Quick is supposed to be Nancy Drew like. I got the idea, but the story didn’t carry through that way for me. I think it has something to do with Nancy being out of school. Nacy Drew is either a 16 yo or 18yo high school graduate in a time where that was all that was required- she was seemingly an adult living with her dad. Devlin is very much a kid and as her mother is the police commissioner of New York City Dev even has a security detail. Anyway, I like Devlin for what she is- but I don’t think she is the new Nancy Drew.
Things I loved about this book:
Dev and her friends being city kids- getting themselves where they need to be, having street smarts and hanging out at the NYPL. (side note- I now have the library lions Patience and Fortitude bookends on my wishlist) They remind me of our Lions in Chicago On the Prowl and Defiance also in bookend form.
Younger mystery-loving kids will like this book. What I didn’t like was the simplicity of the plot. I was so hoping it would be twisty and it’s not. They need to find the guy who has stolen the map, and they do with no real explanation for why he did it.
We borrowed this book from the Chicago Public Library and read it for fun. I’d love to hear what you think about it.
*Edited to add: I’m now reading the sequel Digging For Trouble and I’ll review it on Goodreads and then here closer to the release date in November.*
Written By: Linda Fairstein
Published: Dial Books (November 15, 2016)