Classics 2: High Flyer with a Flat Tire

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Essential Facts:
Writer: Paul McCusker

Mark Prescott's in trouble. Not only did he fight with Joe Devlin, but now Joe accuses Mark of slashing the tire on his new bike. He didn't do it, but how can he prove his innocence? By finding the real culprit! As Patti, Mark's best friend, plays Dr. Watson to his Sherlock Holmes, Mark encounters a crowd of potential villains. There's Rachel, a girl Joe teased about being fat. And Chad, the boy who had an argument with Joe. With the help of his wise friend Whit, the eccentric inventor, Mark untangles the mystery and learns new lessons about friendship and family ties.

Important Characters:

Julie Prescott, Mark Prescott, Patti Eldridge, Rachel Morse, Joe Devlin, Alan Devlin, Mrs. Devlin, Whit, Chad Cox, Richard Prescott


Liberating itself from the annoyances of book 1, High Flyer is a much better story.   It's a mystery story, but not one like most audio AIO mysteries; this one takes on the style of an Agatha Christie book.  Unlike the books on either side of this one, it contains almost no references to other parts of Odyssey that will pop up later.

An engaging mystery from the beginning, the story keeps you guessing until the very end, throwing in various references that alternately throw us off the trail and lead us closer to the answer.  Mark uses some pretty good detective tricks at various points in the story and its all told very believably.  I don't want to say much more about the mystery since it's so well-crafted.

This mystery does lack some of the power of the audio mysteries.  This one is only about a slashed tire instead of a murder mystery or robbery.  No one's future is really at stake like the audio mysteries, but it still is a fun one to figure out.

Rating: 3 stars


book2.jpg (10293 bytes)There are two different versions of the cover of this book.  This is the original cover.


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