The Bloodwater Mysteries: Skullduggery

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While on a class field trip, Roni Delicata and Brian Bain find a local archaeologist unconscious in a cave. Professor Andrew Dart is trying to find evidence of an Indian burial ground to stop the Bloodwater family from developing the site. But it is Dr. Dart who has been stopped first, in this exciting follow-up to "Snatched."

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While on a class field trip, Roni Delicata and Brian Bain find a local archaeologist unconscious in a cave. Professor Andrew Dart is trying to find evidence of an Indian burial ground to stop the Bloodwater family from developing the site. But it is Dr. Dart who has been stopped first, in this exciting follow-up to "Snatched."

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Rollie Welch
Middle school readers will be helplessly drawn to this novel's cover artwork. The title letters in blood-red font, a human skull tilted on the ground, a figure shining a flashlight, and a wild flurry of bats careening inside a cave establish a creepy mood. Intrepid teen sleuths Roni Delicata and Brian Bain solved a kidnapping in the Bloodwater Mysteries series' first title, Snatched (Sleuth/G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2006/VOYA August 2006), and this entry suffers no sophomore jinx. The authors, adept at crafting an intricate mystery, are also expert teasers and seem to enjoy leaving readers dangling in suspense throughout their work. A sinister environmental crime is afoot here, with the novel's tone, setting, and conflict quickly established in just two opening pages. After discovering what is possibly a Native American skeleton in the darkened cave, archeologist Dr. Andrew Dart is clonked on the head by an unknown person. Of course, Roni and Brian just happen to be close by, attending a botany workshop, and their natural curiosity pulls them in. There are several choices of who is actually the criminal, and it is fun guessing whodunit. Roni, sighing over blue eyes and dark hair, has her eye on new boy Eric Bloodwater, and refuses to believe that he is involved. Brian, more analytical, rightly figures that there is more to the crime than a scientist being whacked on the noggin, and he suspects a higher-up conspiracy. A crackling pace, snappy dialogue, winning characters, and underlying grit mark this mystery as a solid choice for middle school teens.
KLIATT - Paula Rohrlick
The young heroes of Snatched, the first Bloodwater Mystery, get involved in efforts to save local woodland from developers in this new outing. Amateur detectives Roni, an investigative reporter for the school newspaper, and Brian, a science geek, are taking a summer course in Regional Studies. While on a field trip to the woodland they hear cries for help and rescue an archeologist who has been hit on the head in a cave—a cave with human bones in it. How is the handsome new boy in their class involved, and who dynamited the cave entrance? Roni and Brian's investigations culminate in a suspenseful nighttime spelunking adventure. Set in Bloodwater, MN, this amiable mystery offers humor and surprising turns of events as determined, clever and brave Roni and Brian ponder the clues and squabble entertainingly. Readers will enjoy trying to guess who the real villain is amidst all the red herrings.
School Library Journal

Gr 6-9
Amateur sleuths Brian Bain and Roni Delicata are back in this second volume in the series. During a Regional Studies class field trip, the teens discover an injured and confused archaeologist, Andrew Dart, raving about how he was attacked by a ghost and how they must save the bluff from being developed. The last part proves to be the trickiest for Roni, since the developer is the father of Eric Bloodwater, the classmate on whom she has a giant crush. In the end, the duo succeeds in saving Bloodwater Bottoms and exposing unscrupulous developers. Readers will be drawn into this fast-paced novel with its combination of mystery, suspense, and humor. The eerie cover adds to the appeal. A good choice for light summer reading, particularly for reluctant readers.
—Michele CapozzellaCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
After their successful sleuthing in Snatched (2006), Brian Bain and Roni Delicata are ready to solve more mysteries in their little town of Bloodwater. Fred Bloodwater, a real-estate developer, is planning on building condominiums on Indian Bluff, but Brian and Roni believe a local professor's assertion that there are important Native American remains in caves on the bluff. When the professor is beaten and left unconscious, the intrepid detectives are on the case. Who was responsible for the assault? The professor's ex-fiancee? Fred Bloodwater's cute (but stupid) teenage son? A skunk-cabbage-obsessed botanist? Moreover, Brian is sure he has seen the Native American remains, in the form of a now-missing skull the professor called "Yorick." This occasionally uneasy merger of realism and a more over-the-top Scooby Doo/Indiana Jones-style adventure can be jarring. Nevertheless, the adventures of these meddlesome junior sleuths, with the mystery's tension cut by gentle humor, are quite entertaining. (Fiction. 9-11)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399243783
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 5/10/2007
  • Series: Bloodwater Mysteries Series, #2
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 987,439
  • Age range: 10 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 620L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.75 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.63 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2012


    Love it!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2008

    Pete Hautman and Mary Logue Does It Again!

    A really great book. In the sequel to Snatched Roni and Brian team up again in another mystery. After on a field trip they find Dr. Andrew Dart, who was hit on the head and now delusional the two sleuths will have to find the attacker and why Dr. Dart was attacked. The mystery thickens with the arrival of Eric Bloodwater and his family and their plans to tear down Indian Bluff to build condos. Not only do they have to find the mysterious attacker, but the future of Indian Bluff depends on them solving the whole mystery. Another great mystery by Pete Hautman and Mary Logue that you've just got to read.

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