Annnd . . . what do I think so far? Jade finally gets her wish, living in a big beautiful home. There’s a drawback though—it’s haunted—by a girl her age, that died there a few months ago. It could have been an accident, but no one at school thinks it was. When Jade begins piecing together what she learns of the dead girl, she learns everyone had motive. The girl was a class A bi-otch. Jade has to find the killer or risk her family’s safety and her brother’s life.
SPOILER***SPOILER***SPOILERcoming up! The really bad kind you don't want to mistakenly read and it ruins the end. Completely ruins it. Stop now! You've been warned.
A little lesson in plot management for a murder mystery:
This is a murder mystery. There are supposed to be clues that the reader can gather to guess who did it and how it happened. And even if the reader can't guess who did it, when the main character solves the mystery, the reader should be able to look back and connect the dots that were left in the story. Another way to have a satisfying ah-ha moment.
The ending of this book was a cop-out. I was reading along gathering clues, thinking about who did it. And guess what? At the end, the murderer comes forward with a confession and all the details of how the death happened. Just chatting up the main character so all the cards are laid on the table. What? The main character didn't have to solve it? Well, I'm glad that character could get it off their chest. They must feel so much better. Whatever!
I really, really enjoyed the book right up to that point. A friend of mine read this book also, and the ending didn't bother her a bit. So there you go--I might be wrong. It's happened before!
Time for an original recipe:
These little Denver Omelet Bites took no time at all and were a big hit with the fam.
•Spray Pam in the wells of the cupcake pan and preheat the oven to 350º.
•Cut 12 slices of pre-cooked bacon in half and line each well with 2 halves.
•Mix together 8 eggs, 1/4 cup diced onion, 2 tablespoons diced green chiles, 2 tablespoons of diced green bell pepper (I used frozen diced onion and frozen diced bell pepper.) Add salt and pepper to taste.
•Sprinkle grated cheddar cheese in the bottom of the muffin wells.
•Pour egg mixture into wells (makes 12)
•Bake for 20 minutes and serve hot.