Book One of the Agnes Kelly Mystery Adventure Series
If you like Alan Bradley's Flavia de Luce, you'll like Agnes Kelly.
Agnes Kelly, a girl growing up in the 1960’s, is not unlike twelve year old girls of the 21st century. She is inquisitive, observant and thoughtful. Middle school readers will relish Intrigue in Istanbul-An Agnes Kelly Mystery Adventure by Christine Keleny from start to finish. I know my middle school students will thoroughly enjoyed Agnes' exciting escapades and so will you.
~ Jill Peterson, 12 year teacher of 6th Grade Language Arts, Raymond, Wisconsin
Everyone at the table is as surprised by Grandma’s little maneuver as I am, but I’m not looking at my relatives or even at Peggy, I’ve got my eyes glued on Grandma Agee. She’s reading Uncle Bob the riot act over at the dessert table…I’m concentrating hard on Grandma’s face, specifically her lips. But she’s turned ever so slightly away from me so I can only make out a bit of what she’s saying: “I told ya…” and “…button your lip.” among the finger wagging and eye scowling she’s giving poor Uncle Bob.
With Grandma’s odd reaction and my dad being gone, unable to explain himself to me ever again, I feel an urgent need to find out what in the world he “got into” that Grandma Agee doesn’t want me to know about.
Book One of the Agnes Kelly Mystery Adventure Series will make you laugh, set you on the edge of your seat and leaving you wanting more - both the older and younger reader alike.
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Reviewed by Sarah Stuart for Readers' Favorite Christine Keleny’s Intrigue in Istanbul, An Agnes Kelly Mystery Adventure is the American version of Alan Bradley’s Flavia de Luce. It begins with the early death of Agnes’ father while he is away on a business trip. Agnes is puzzled by something her Uncle Bob starts to say at the funeral, but Grandma Agee silences him and distracts Agnes with an invitation to travel with her to Istanbul “for company.” The basis of the story is tragic, but it twists and turns through the mysterious plot and the captivating streets of Istanbul. Intrigue in Istanbul by Christine Keleny is any parent or teacher’s dream book, packed with accurate facts put over so vividly that youngsters are likely to remember them. She even contrives to include phonetic pronunciations of many long words without being in the least boring; Agnes enjoys languages and finding out the origins of proverbs and quotes. Pre-teen children are going to absolutely love Intrigue in Istanbul. Dad died in “suspicious circumstances” so Grandma Agee isn’t the innocent tourist she purports to be. Everything Agnes sees or encounters is coloured by her thoughts and feelings. My personal favourites among Agnes’ experiences are her first flight when the plane runs into a storm and her visit to the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, but every reader will have their own. Buy this book for your children, grandchildren, nephews and nieces, but be sure to read it before you tackle gift wrapping. How else will you ever find out what Agnes discovers from the one-sided telephone conversation she hears when she applies an inverted glass to a bedroom door?