COFFIN ON A CASE by Eve Bunting

COFFIN ON A CASE

Age Range: 8 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Here, Bunting brings a glib, easy style to the tale of Henry Coffin, son of a partner in the detective agency "Coffin and Pale." When his father is unable to take on a case, sixth-grader Henry hooks up with "gorgeous babe" Lily--several years his senior--whose mother has disappeared. Figuring in the plot are the theft of a jade figurine, the appearance of two shady newcomers in a still-under-construction development, and the discovery of a missing wooden stork. It's a point-blank mystery that gets its atmosphere from Henry's funny narration and the frequent invocation of the name and talents of "Sam Spade"; and though Bunting's more sophisticated fans may not find much to get their claws into, those who like uncomplicated suspense will be (albeit briefly) entertained. (Fiction. 8-12)

Pub Date: Oct. 30th, 1992
ISBN: 0-06-020273-4
Page count: 106pp
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 1992




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