In this exciting if somewhat implausible detective story, seventh-grader Jeremy becomes involved in the investigation surrounding the murder of his family’s dog-walker.
Even though Digger, Jeremy’s bloodhound, enthusiastically tracks down the killer, the case remains open. What was the underlying motive for a seemingly random stabbing in the park? Detective Joe Perillo suspects that a drug cartel may be behind the crime, but needs proof. After Jeremy’s mom unaccountably allows him to accompany Joe on his investigations, Jeremy becomes hooked, and can’t stop sleuthing on his own–especially when he begins discovering useful leads. Despite stern warnings that he could endanger both himself and Digger, he sneaks back into the apartment of the primary suspect, where the inevitable happens. Jeremy and Digger are appealing characters and the author effectively builds the suspense as Jeremy investigates the suspect’s apartment. Though a bit more violent than most mysteries for this age group, this is quality detective fiction that will have special appeal for the reluctant teen reader.
Well-written and entertaining. (Fiction. 12-14)