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Mystery lovers will get a kick out of this rollicking whodunit featuring swashbuckling soothsayers, outlandish séances, magic tricks and more. Set in the Roaring 20s, the fact-based narrative follows Scooter King, a sharp-witted 13-year-old who finds a dead body in Harry Houdini's Burmese Torture Tank and vows to unmask the murderer before he or she strikes again. Meanwhile, Scooter's mother is grasping at fame as a spiritual medium-albeit by counting on Scooter to manipulate various instruments and gadgets behind the scenes-and fighting off Houdini's attempts to expose fortunetelling frauds. The storytelling is pure fun, as the author uses flavorful period details (Scooter's mother says that even a "Bolshevik" could make himself rich: "All you have to do now is sit long enough on a flagpole, or dance the Charleston until you nearly drop dead"), and Scooter, the narrator, gets his perspective across with plenty of slang ("a lot of applesauce"; "the eel's hips"). As if staging a magic show of his own, Lawrence (The Wreckers) builds suspense and adds plot twists right up until the climactic conclusion. Ages 8-12. (July)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.