This will be read and should be read for its prettily landscaped vista of Costa Rica and its convincingly young and perky first person, namely Tamara Perkins, twelve, who moves to a large ranch where her father will be assistant foreman and mechanic for its absentee owner, Mr. Kinsley. They go there via Mexico City (more turista attractions) and San Jose and the small democratic country is also the most friendly and scenic. But her father Will have the same troubles as did his short-lived predecessors: little things go wrong and then there's his superior, unctuous Mr. Gomez whom everyone distrusts and dislikes. The mystery certainly subsidiary to the rest of the book, still reveals itself and is finally proved out via daily mishappenings all of which are effortlessly integrated. Authentic and agreeable.