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The Midnight Tunnel: A Suzanna Snow Mystery


Can Suzanna Snow solve the case before it's too late?

A girl's gone missing. Can Suzanna solve the crime? It is 1905 and young Suzanna works at her family's inn in Loch Harbor, New Brunswick, where she is trained to be a well-mannered hostess and a charming lady. Suzanna has other ideas for her future--she wants to be a detective. When a young guest goes missing on a stormy summer night, Suzanna's famous uncle, Detective Bruce Snow, comes to solve the case. But Suzanna learns ...

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Can Suzanna Snow solve the case before it's too late?

A girl's gone missing. Can Suzanna solve the crime? It is 1905 and young Suzanna works at her family's inn in Loch Harbor, New Brunswick, where she is trained to be a well-mannered hostess and a charming lady. Suzanna has other ideas for her future--she wants to be a detective. When a young guest goes missing on a stormy summer night, Suzanna's famous uncle, Detective Bruce Snow, comes to solve the case. But Suzanna learns that not everything is as it seems. With a little help from her friends, can she solve the mystery of the missing girl before her uncle closes the case?

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“What Suzanna lacks in grace and composure, she makes up for in pluck, persistence and cleverness, emerging a likely and likable Edwardian Nancy Drew.” –Kirkus Reviews

“A solid mystery that discloses enough to keep readers involved in figuring out who done it while providing enough layers to leave them surprised at the twists.”–Booklist

Children's Literature - Elizabeth Fronk
The Rosemount Hotel in the small New England town of New Brunswick provides the perfect setting for the undercover work of Suzanna Snow aka Zanna, who is eleven. Zanna records her observations about the people and events at her parents' hotel in the summer of 1904. At some point Zanna hopes to become a real private investigator like her uncle Bruce who is famous in nearby Boston. During a bad storm one night, one of the guests, Maddie Cook, disappears. Zanna believes she saw Maddie in the staff tunnel that connects a staff residence with the main hotel. No one really believes Zanna's story and when the famous detective Bruce Snow arrives, he obviously does not want her help. Fortunately Bruce's assistant and nephew, Will, appreciates Zanna's observations. Together Zanna and Will solve the disappearance of Maddie Cook and even get some recognition from Uncle Bruce. This novel would have been more gripping if there had been fewer red herrings and if some of the secondary characters had been a little more developed. In spite of the false leads, middle-school girls or fans of historical mysteries can look forward to more mysteries with Zanna. First entry into the "Suzanna Snow Mystery" series. Reviewer: Elizabeth Fronk
School Library Journal
Gr 4–7—It is 1904, and Suzanna Snow, 11, is being trained to be a proper lady and hostess at her family's inn in Loch Harbor, New Brunswick. However, Zanna has other aspirations. She wants to be a detective like her famous Uncle Bruce. A chance for sleuthing comes her way when a young guest goes missing on a stormy night. Uncle Bruce is summoned from Boston, but Zanna thinks that he is looking at the wrong suspects. She asks questions and records everything in her detective notebook. What she learns is that not everything is as it appears. In fact she may have the key to solving the case. The Midnight Tunnel gives a bird's-eye view of Zanna's life. She knows the inner workings of the hotel and brings the place to life while she tries to find the missing guest. Mundane things such as electricity, cooking, cleaning, and getting the first catch of the day are all a part of her day. Frazier has created a historical mystery that fans of the "American Girl" series (American Girl) will enjoy.—Shannon Seglin, Patrick Henry Library, Vienna, VA
Kirkus Reviews

The mysterious disappearance of a little girl from the ritzy Rosemount Hotel in Loch Harbor, New Brunswick, during the summer of 1904 triggers 11-year-old Suzanna Snow's budding sleuthing skills. As managers of the Rosemont, Zanna's parents expect her to follow in their footsteps, ignoring her dreams of becoming a detective like her famous Uncle Bruce. Even though nothing exciting ever happens, Zanna faithfully records her daily observations in a notebook while wreaking havoc throughout the hotel. Then one stormy night the daughter of a wealthy guest vanishes, and Zanna notices a diminutive figure in white exiting an underground tunnel used by hotel staff. Zanna also finds a scrap of white material near the tunnel, but the police ignore her clues. When Uncle Bruce arrives to investigate, Zanna can't wait to assist with the case, but he dismisses her as a child. Undeterred, Zanna realizes, "I'm not my uncle...I can do things differently." Relying on her instincts, Zanna eschews traditional female roles as she fits nuanced pieces into the increasingly dangerous puzzle. Each chapter opens with Zanna's detective notes followed by her first-person narration of backstairs life at the Rosemont and the unfolding mystery. What Zanna lacks in grace and composure, she makes up for in pluck, persistence and cleverness, emerging a likely and likable Edwardian Nancy Drew.(Historical mystery. 8-12)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545208628
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 738,550
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 800L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Angie Frazier is the author of the YA novels EVERLATING and THE ETERNAL SEA, as well as the middle grade novel THE MIDNIGHT TUNNEL. She lives in Southern New Hampshire with her husband and three daughters. Visit her online at
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  • Posted June 22, 2011

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    Nancy Drew for this Generation

    Adorable and full of suspense and intrigue, the first addition in the Suzanne Snow series is sure to be a hit among pre-teens as well as teens.

    The Midnight Tunnel begins the story of the young Suzanne Snow. If Suzanne were given one wish, she would most definitely wish to be a detective, because not only is her uncle the infamous Bruce Snow, Boston's most prized detective, but she also has an uncanny talent for sleuthing. Unfortunately, given her surroundings and the time, she's unable to gain much experience in her desired field...that is until a girl goes missing from her parent's hotel. Recruiting her two trustworthy friends, Isaac and Lucy, Suzanne's ready to find the missing girl as well as the solution to this mystifying puzzle. However, what happens when her famous uncle makes a grand entrance with a surprising guest? Better yet, when given the biggest clue to her the case, will she be able to solve it finally- even if it means telling on a fellow friend? Only time and more pages will tell in this fast-paced mystery that sure to leave any reader questioning the case right along with Suzanne.

    One of my favorite parts of this novel would have to be the characters. For example, Suzanne Snow is very much the next Nancy Drew. Smart and talented, she's one girl who will go to any length to bring justice to the world, even if it means taking some slippery and dangerous turns along the way. I also adored the addition of Isaac and Lucy, her two friends. Isaac is not only a pre-teen angler but also one to bring some hilarious lines as well as heart into the story, while Lucy is a sweet yet cunning girl full of her own mysterious secrets.

    Angie Frazier also did a great job of making this mystery a lot of fun as well as enjoyable for nearly any age group. I loved the way she had the storyline keep me on the tip of my toes and making my own assumptions right along with Suzanne for the majority of the story. More importantly, I enjoyed the way Angie brought the setting of this alive as well. From the hotel guests to detailed setting descriptions, it was easy to imagine everything as it was taking place.

    Full of page-flipping fun, Suzanne Snow is on the track to becoming the Nancy Drew of this generation, and I simply cannot wait to see where Angie takes her story next.

    Grade: A-

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  • Posted June 13, 2011

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    Reviewed by Jennifer Rummel for TeensReadToo

    Suzanna's parents run the Loch Harbor Inn in New Brunswick, where many wealthy families spend the summer. Zanna's learning the ins and outs of running the place in anticipation of her future, even though she doesn't really want to. She'd rather become a famous detective like her Uncle. She even keeps a notebook filled with observations. When the daughter of an important guest goes missing one night during a storm, Zanna thinks she saw the girl in the servant's tunnel. When she attempts to tell her parents, no one believes her. They don't want to hear her nonsense. Instead, they ask her Uncle to come. Zanna can't wait to see him again, but she's dumbfounded when he exits the train with his apprentice, a boy her own age. She's furious when he calls her by the wrong name and dismisses her ideas. Zanna's determined to continue her own investigation. THE MIDNIGHT TUNNEL is an adorable start to a new series that provides tween readers with a great main character. Zanna is feisty, and she's unwilling to back down from her knowledge. I enjoyed the lush setting of the Inn and the tourists spending their summer there. I loved the character of Isaac for his secrets, his thoughtfulness, and his views on the world. The mystery twists and turns, presenting a page-turning read for all ages.

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