Death at Carp High

Death at Carp High

by Jeremy Gold

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BN ID: 2940045783286
Publisher: Jeremy Gold
Publication date: 04/07/2014
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Jeremy Gold is seventeen years old…in his mind. He lives in Carpinteria, California—ten miles south of its more celebrated sister, Santa Barbara. He loves hiking, mountain bike riding, and of course, writing. Death at Carp High is the first in the five-part Jake Brown mystery series. Jeremy and his wife, Calla, have been married since 1979. Any resemblance between their 21-year-old son, Dan, and Jake Brown is purely…understandable.

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Death at Carp High 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
BuriedUnderBooks More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars "Like modern day Hardy Boys." When I saw that phrase in Death at Carp High, it occurred to me that the Hardy Boys have not fared nearly as well in today’s book world as Nancy Drew. Both series are in current publication and both were popular back in the first decade of this century when my bookstore was open but, somehow, it’s Nancy Drew that gets talked about all the time, especially among mystery authors and readers. This is pure speculation but my guess is that today’s mystery aficionados expect cozies to have female protagonists and certainly that’s generally the case. There are some male cozy sleuths, of course, but not nearly as many as female. Death at Carp High introduces a pair of high school seniors who love to surf and are fairly well obsessed with girls even if their fantasies are pretty much purely in their dreams. Dean’s a step ahead of Jake but both of them are stud magnets only in their imaginations and have some pretty silly ideas about girls. Do today’s boys really talk to each other this way about girls? I don’t know but then I’m not a guy and the author is so I’ll bow to his personal knowledge ;-) After finding the body, Jake and Dean fall into investigating more or less because they shouldn’t and because they’re sure the cops won’t figure out some things as well as they can. At the same time, they’re cautious when they should be and only occasionally get carried away with themselves. I really liked the friendship and interaction among Jake, Sydney, Dean and Lily. These are likeable kids and, if I have any quibble with characterization, it’s that there doesn’t seem to be much friction between any of these four and their schoolmates. That seems a little sugarcoated but, again, this is a cozy so it fits; the same can be said about the absence of any foul language—unrealistic, I know, but I appreciated not having to cringe. The ending was unexpected and, because of that, lends the whole story a kind of credibility it was lacking earlier. I was surprised (in a good way) and that’s always a good thing in a mystery. Jeremy Gold has come up with a fun contemporary take on the Hardy Boys, coziness and all, and I think this will appeal to young adult and adult readers alike. Sure, there are hiccups, but I could not help liking this first in the series. I could really have done without the numerous vocabulary lessons but that was the only thing that detracted from the story and I’m looking forward to more adventures with Jake and his pals.