DONKEY DETECTIVES by Lavinia R. Davis

DONKEY DETECTIVES

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A provocative title for an energetic story of an eventful summer in Connecticut. Lavinia Davis is at her best in creating situation and character here. Eleven year old Duff is of local vintage, and Jeff is a newcomer, whose European upbringing and well-developed cultural tastes, even at eleven, threw Duff off beat at first. Jeff's family had come to raise cattle, and Madame Zappatti, an Italian singing teacher whose funds have reached a vanishing point, has to give up her house to Jeff's parents. There is a Fair, and through Madame Zappatti, Duff wins a donkey. Then Jeff gets one and the two boys, their differences squared away, embark on the solving of a mystery that recalls the ghost of an old Indian chief and allows Madame to stay on with enough money to rent a small house nearby.

Pub Date: July 28th, 1955
Publisher: Doubleday