Two Mysteries: The Other Side of Dark and The Name of the Game Was Murder

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Two of Joan Lowery Nixon's Edgar Award winners in one volume!

The Other Side of Dark:
Stacy wakes up in a room that’s not hers, in a body she doesn’t recognize, to discover she’s been in a coma for four years. Her mother is dead–murdered–and Stacy, recovering from a gunshot wound, is the only eyewitness. But the killer is not about to let ...

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Overview

Two of Joan Lowery Nixon's Edgar Award winners in one volume!

The Other Side of Dark:
Stacy wakes up in a room that’s not hers, in a body she doesn’t recognize, to discover she’s been in a coma for four years. Her mother is dead–murdered–and Stacy, recovering from a gunshot wound, is the only eyewitness. But the killer is not about to let her reveal his identity. . . .

“A top-rate thriller. . . . Nixon has written another compelling page-turner.”
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The Name of the Game Was Murder:
Samantha is shocked when she meets her great-uncle, the famous novelist Augustus Trevor. He’s a mean-spirited man who has just invited–blackmailed–a group of celebrities to come to his island mansion and participate in a “game.” But when Augustus is found murdered, it’s up to Samantha to join the game–and win.

“An entertaining read. . . . The clues–and the way Sam, with lots of serendipity, puzzles through them–are clever indeed.”–Kirkus Reviews

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
This 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.
—Michele Tremaine
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553494532
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 5/10/2005
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 1,373,441
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 4.29 (w) x 6.84 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Joan Lowery Nixon wrote more than 130 books for young readers.
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  • Posted August 10, 2009

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    Typical Mystery Novel

    This book was so rushed. I enjoyed the beginning and middle, but the end was summed up in one sentence. This would be a good book for someone with a short attention span. I really couldn't get into the second story because of how the first story ended. The auther should have elaborated on more than just the sceneary.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2006

    Brilliant!

    I thought these books were absolutely magnificent. So many plot twists and just when you think you know, it turns out to be something totally unexpected. A real Page-turner. Ms.Nixon is a one of a kind unique author.

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