The Mystery of Hollow Places is an example of marketing working. Its author, Rebecca Podos, made some appearances in Connecticut over the last few months, so I saw her name turning up on the Connecticut Children's Literature Calendar. I noted what her book was about while reading about her. She's also an agent whose name I've seen connected with SCBWI events. So, for me, she had a bit of name recognition. When her book turned up in front of me on the new book shelf at one of the libraries I frequent, my mind was ready to accept it. A job well done, Rebecca.
The Mystery of Hollow Places is a literary stand alone mystery. That makes me happy. Our teen narrator/detective is hunting for her father who appears to have taken off for parts unknown. He's a mystery writer and his girl, Imogene, has made a study of his work. She believes she can use what she's learned from reading his books to find him.
This book has a great deal to recommend it:
A legitimate, realistic mystery that is also realistically solved by a teenager.
A wealthy, popular teen girl sidekick for our detective protagonist.
A nonevil stepmother.
A side trip to Willimantic, Connecticut, which isn't that far from where I'm sitting right now and where I have been many times. Which, of course, is only a recommendation to those of us who know the place.
I just suggested The Mystery of Hollow Places to a friend who's writing a mystery. I thought she'd be interested in the way health information is slowly revealed and that great sidekick.