Death of a Dustbunny

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Stella was sitting in her office at the Denver Daily Orion when she got that taste in her mouth, the one that let her know that something was very wrong. Of course, she'd had a hint of a problem: Elena Ruiz was late. In view of the whispered phone call last night, the one in which Elena had said that it was muy importante that they meet, Stella's concern mounted with each blast of the chinook wind rattling her office windows. When she called Dustbunnies, the housekeeping and nanny service the young Latina worked ...
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Stella was sitting in her office at the Denver Daily Orion when she got that taste in her mouth, the one that let her know that something was very wrong. Of course, she'd had a hint of a problem: Elena Ruiz was late. In view of the whispered phone call last night, the one in which Elena had said that it was muy importante that they meet, Stella's concern mounted with each blast of the chinook wind rattling her office windows. When she called Dustbunnies, the housekeeping and nanny service the young Latina worked for, worry took a turn for the worse: They claimed Elena left a note saying that she had to go away for a few days. The problem was that Stella knew Elena could neither read nor write in English. Stella allows herself to get talked into replacing Elena in caring for Steven Holman, a little boy with an unshakable belief in vampires ... and a vivid memory of seeing Elena in the backyard, and of seeing something else... Playing nanny and trying to get information from a close-mouthed and very protective Mexican community where fear of the INS is even stronger than public concern for a missing woman, Stella steps into a world colder - and far more dangerous - than a Denver March in the grip of winter.
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VOYA - Rachelle Bilz
Stella the Stargazer writes a combination astrology and advice to the lovelorn column for the Denver Daily Orion, and manages to get herself involved in solving mysteries as well. When Stella's friend Elena Ruiz is reported missing by the Dustbunnies nanny and housekeeping service, Stella steps into Elena's job in an attempt to locate her. Stella's charge, Steven Holman, insists that his nanny Elena was attacked by a vampire and taken away. Steven is a very bright but emotionally disturbed child who seems to have been strongly affected by his mother's death two years ago. Steven's accounts of vampires in the garden shed and telephone conversations with his dead mother add chilling moments to the novel. Death of a Dustbunny is an enjoyable diversion for readers who like "light" mystery. The plot is uncomplicated, there is no obvious gore or violence, and a few red herrings are present to throw readers off the trail of the murderer. Stella and her friends and co-workers are a likeable crew of characters, and Steven is very well presented. Stella has the kind of quick, sarcastic humor that many YAs enjoy as well as two odd pets, chameleons named Fluffy and Lips. Fourth in Jorgensen's Stella the Stargazer series, this novel stands alone. Brief thumbnail re-introductions to characters at the beginning of the book prevent confusion for new readers. Stella is a sleuth who should appeal to those who like their mysteries mixed with humor. VOYA Codes: 4Q 2P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses, For the YA with a special interest in the subject, Middle School-defined as grades 6 to 8, Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9 and Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
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This time, the lovelorn of greater Denver don't have problems enough for Stella the Stargazer; the advice columnist allows herself to be talked into serving as [X-year-old?] Steven Holman's nanny when her predecessor, Elena Ruiz, goes AWOL. Neither Steven's father, Grant Holman, nor the police are worried; after all, Elena left a note saying when she'd be back. But Stella, Elena's tutor in a literacy program, knows that Elena couldn't have written that note. Did she take off one step ahead of the INS? Was she killed by a vampire, as Steven tells Stella? Or does her disappearance have anything to do with the death of Cathleen Holman, the mother Steven insists he killed himself? Since Grant Holman is something of a magnet for unattached femalesþfrom Elena's boss Louise Braden to Stella's friend Meredith Spenserþthe biggest mystery may be who's telephoning Steven pretending to be his mother. The mystery is anemic, though Jorgensen (Curl Up and Die, 1997, etc.) is unexpectedly touching on sad Steven and his handsome, volcanic dad.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780802733153
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 5/1/1998
  • Series: Stella the Stargazer Mystery Series
  • Pages: 246
  • Product dimensions: 5.78 (w) x 8.57 (h) x 1.17 (d)

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