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Children's LiteratureThis is a newly-formatted reissue of a pair of the late author's Edgar-award winning mysteries for young adults. The fact that these stories were written very early in the age of computers makes them seem faintly archaic, but there are other, less superficial signs that these tales have not aged well. In the first story, the protagonist awakens from four years—from age thirteen to seventeen—in a coma. It is an interesting idea, but the improbability of a coma in which someone dresses and feeds herself, exercises regularly, and consequently needs no therapy upon awakening, stretches the reader's ability to suspend disbelief. Suspense mounts as the heroine struggles to remember who she saw murder her mother four years earlier, but the final solution is a letdown. The second story is undeniably derived from Agatha Christie, a tale of murder and blackmail among a group of adults stranded on an island in a storm. The teen-aged heroine's solution to the mystery comes rather abruptly and unconvincingly. As an introduction to the intricacies and conventions of the mystery genre, these stories serve a purpose, but they seem rather dated and tame for today's media-savvy teens. 2005, Random House, Ages 12 up.