Eric Wilson- The Emily Carr Mystery (HarperCollins 2003) 3 Stars
Liz Austen is Visiting Victoria, British Columbia for a friend’s wedding when a man sinks the boat they are on and a valuable painting goes missing. Now Liz finds herself thrown into the middle of a mystery. She must try to locate the thieves before it is too late, all while trying to prepare for the wedding. The Thirteen Oaks mansion may not be as safe as it seems and the family may not be as happy as they put on.
Normally I really love this series, but I have found that the deeper I get into this series the more educational Eric Wilson’s books become. I do not have any problem educational as I think that it is a great thing to have in a middle reader novel. That being said it gets in the way of the mystery and slows things down to a crawling pace at times, which made it so that I almost did not finish this one, as was the case with the book right before this one in the series. The overall plot as usual was good, although I would have been happy with more depth. I did enjoy the characters as they were well-created and fun. It had some intense moments, but these were drowned out by fluff.
I am sad to say that I do not recommend The Emily Carr Mystery.
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