Following Absolutely Truly (2014), this second Pumpkin Falls Mystery follows middle schooler and gumshoe Truly Lovejoy as she tackle mysteries surrounding a local feud and a family secret.
Adjusting to life in Pumpkin Falls, New Hampshire, 6-foot-tall, white Truly’s looking forward to celebrating her 13th birthday with her visiting cousin, Mackenzie, during Maple Madness, a popular tourist event highlighting the local maple sugaring season. When sap lines are sabotaged at two rival maple sugar businesses, locals quickly take sides, prompting Truly to activate the Pumpkin Falls Private Eyes as they surreptitiously set up video surveillance in the sugaring bush. Meanwhile, Truly’s discovery of a hidden diary belonging to her ancestor triggers intriguing historical investigations into whether the Lovejoy house served as an Underground Railroad station during the Civil War. In her down-to-earth, vulnerable, unassuming voice, Truly reveals her love of swimming and bird-watching, her growing crush on a classmate, her unfounded jealousy of Mackenzie, and her irritation with her interfering younger sister. Historical subtext about the Underground Railroad and the New Hampshire setting add special dimensions to this rural mystery.
Truly’s fans cheer the return of the likable sleuth in this family-oriented mystery in which past and present collide. (Mystery. 8-12)