A Hitch at the Fairmont

A Hitch at the Fairmont


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A Hitch at the Fairmont 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Cathy-Castelli More than 1 year ago
Jim Averbeck’s A Hitch at the Fairmont is one of those novels that so wonderfully combines reality with fiction. I want to believe his depiction of Alfred Hitchcock as a lovable uncle-type who refuses to leave Jack, a recently orphaned eleven-year-old, in the hands of a social worker. I also love that the setting has its own mysteries which add to the tension of the novel. As for the story itself, Jack is a tenacious child who enrolls Hitchcock in solving the kidnapping of his Aunt Edith. There are many twists in the plot, lots of delicious chocolates, and two mysteries even bigger than a missing mean aunt. I can’t wait to get my son reading this. He’ll love it!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Here is a deliciously, witty book that the young reader won’t want to put down, but then when he’s finished, he’ll wish he had more of it to read. Jim Averbeck has crafted a superb and fast-paced who-dun-it starring eleven year old Jack Fair whose mother has been killed in an automobile accident. His Aunt Edith arrives to take him to live in her suite at the classy Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco. He has to put up with her making him fetch her chocolates for herself and her pet chinchilla Muffin, that is until she disappears. It’s 1956 and the man in the suite next to theirs is no other than the film maker Alfred Hitchcock, who Jack enlists to help him solve the mystery of his aunt’s disappearance. This leads to layer after layer of mystery to expose. Jim Averbeck has created the Fairmont Hotel, and indeed San Francisco herself, more as characters than setting, reminiscing about sites still there and mourning those now gone from their original locations, like Blums and Laughing Sally. I can attest to the authenticity of Jim’s most careful research having grown up near San Francisco in that era, visiting “The City” often. As well, each chapter refers to one of Hitchcock’s movies, interweaving the motif of the movie into the plot of the book. As a fan of Hitchcock, it was fun to watch this unfold. The young reader need not know of Hitchcock’s work to enjoy the mystery of this exciting tale. She’ll just enjoy guessing what happened while deeply identifying with the orphaned Jack and his plight. It would be fun to see this book made into a movie. I highly recommend this engaging book, not just for the middle grade reader, but for the young at heart of any age.