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Children's LiteratureThe book's title alone is a great one. Kids like mysteries, parties, and pretty much anything dealing with barf, unless they are the ones doing it. The cover art features Nell inspecting with her magnifying glass, Doyle carrying out some test tube sleuthing, and partying! All of these pave the way for anticipation of what is to come. Readers ride along as Doyle and Fossey, sidekick detectives, are thrust into four tough cases in this book. Solutions to those mysteries are approached with scientifically, calculated expertise. Readers are shown the right way to go about solving things without being preached at. They will understand that in order to solve a mystery one needs to start with the problem, make observations and gather information, carry out tests, check and recheck the results, and then form a hypothesis based on the work done. Readers may easily learn simple scientific principles, like how a pulley works, by reading the text. Safety is also stressed. Added pluses appear in the form of seven different "activities and experiments for super-scientists" which follow the main body of text. Aspiring detectives who read this page-turner, can put on their lab coats (directions included on how to make one) and begin start their own mystery solving. They will be glad they did. This is the fourth in a series of "Doyle and Fossey Science Detectives." All books in the series are excellent! 2003, Dutton, Ages 8 to 12.
— Nancy Garhan Attebury