Bodie, 16, is hired to help Henry Siler after the elderly man injures his ann with a defective chain saw. Meanwhile, Bodie Finds it suspicious that Henry's wife Bella has mysteriously disappeared at about the same time as the accident occurred. Piecing together clues, Bodie concludes that Henry has killed his wife and dumped the body somewhere on his farm. Wasting no time, he searches for Bella's body, hoping to serve justice and become a hero. But the fact is that Bella is off having plastic surgery. Like overalls on a city-slicker, the folksiness here seems more of a put-on than a comfortable fit, relying on readers' faulty memories for suspense (maybe they won't notice that Bodie has Figured out the murder once and for all for the third or fourth time?). Unfortunately, in trying too hard to blend slapstick, youthful high jinks, and tall tales, Hall misses on all counts.