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A Quinnie Boyd Mystery: A Side of Sabotage

A Quinnie Boyd Mystery: A Side of Sabotage (Hardback)

By Surrisi, C. M.

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A fancy fine dining establishment has opened in Quinnie Boyd's Maine town, creating new competition for her father's humble cafae. When things start to go wrong at the cafae, Quinnie suspects the people behind the new restaurant are to blame --

ISBN 9781512448368
Barcode 9781512448368
Published 1 May 2018 by Lerner Publishing Group
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781512448368
ISBN-10 1512448362
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Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda
Publication Date 1 May 2018
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Surrisi, C. M.
Category Fiction (Child / Teen)
Number of Pages 280
Dimensions Width: 143mm
Height: 200mm
Spine: 25mm
Weight 392g
Interest Age 8-12 years
Reading Age 8-12 years
Library of Congress Friendship, Maine, Mystery and detective stories, Sabotage, Diners (Restaurants)
NBS Text Children's Fiction
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Dewey Code FIC
Catalogue Code 932171

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Description of this Book

Gusty's cafe has been a community hub in Quinnie Boyd's small Maine town for decades. Quinnie's dad runs the restaurant, just like Quinnie's granddad and great-granddad before him. But the family business now has unprecedented competition with the opening of Restaurant Hubert. The work of a bad-boy chef from Boston, the fancy new restaurant offers an experimental, farm-to-table fine dining experience to Maiden Rock. When one thing after another goes wrong at Gusty's, Quinnie's dad assumes he's just having a run of bad luck. But Quinnie suspects sabotage! And her hunches have been (at least partially) right before. Are the people behind Restaurant Hubert trying to squash the Boyd family cafe?

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Back for another outing after Vampires on the Run (2017), Quinnie and her young teen friends of Maiden Rock, Maine (a stereotypical middle-class village that tourists might imagine), get caught up in another mild mystery. Quinnie's BFF, Zoe, is back from two years in Scotland and is finding it hard to slip back into the old routine. Meanwhile Quinnie's favorite boy buddy is just packing up to move back to New Jersey and new friend Ella is facing the challenge of finding her place with (or between) Zoe and Quinnie. On top of all that, a fancy chef has just opened a new restaurant in town that's sure to provide competition for Quinnie's father's more modest but tried-and-true eatery, Gusty's. With the newspaper's Secret Diner set to pick a favorite between the two, someone begins to sabotage Gusty's. Quinnie and her pals set out to discover the perpetrator using surveillance and good problem-solving skills, along with a bit of breaking and entering that gets them all in trouble. Plenty of red herrings will keep readers guessing until the climax. No one is described, but the white default probably prevails. An incomplete resolution of the gang's immature relationship issues provides fodder for the next tale. Only mildly suspenseful, but between the mystery and familiar friendship problems, amusing enough to sustain interest. --Kirkus Reviews --Journal Small-town sleuth Quinnie Boyd goes on high alert when the opening of a fancy new restaurant not only signals competition for her dad's popular local caf , Gusty's, but also touches off a series of inexplicable kitchen and backroom mishaps. Coincidence or sabotage? Quinnie has no doubt which--but, as in her previous capers (Vampires on the Run, 2017), finding enough real evidence to convince her mom--the town's hard-nosed sheriff/mayor--without being grounded for life proves a tricky challenge. Surrisi surrounds her pushy protagonist with teen peers who join the investigation with varying degrees of reluctance, and stocks the adult supporting cast with plenty of suspects, obvious and otherwise. She also tucks in much eating and drinking in order to create comical contrasts between the new eatery's haute cuisine ('lobster quenelle poached in seaweed broth and finished with a beam of light') and Gusty's mouthwatering pies, pastries, and like plain fare. Young fans of both cozies and foodie-themed tales will find much to savor in this latest outing. --Booklist --Website Middle Grade Fiction A Side of Sabotage: A Quinnie Boyd Mystery (Quinnie Boyd Mysteries #3) by C.M. Surrisi I had the opportunity to read a digital ARC of this middle grade mystery novel courtesy of NetGalley. A few years ago, I read the Maypop Mystery, and really enjoyed it. This is the third installment of the Quinnie Boyd mystery series, and it is fun to see the characters I like getting a little bit older. Fourteen year old Quinnie is enjoying the summer in Maiden Rock, Maine with her friends. Dominic is a little bit more than just a friend, but he's getting ready to move away. Quinnie's childhood BFF, Zoe, is returning to Maiden Rock after spending over a year in Scotland with her parents. In the midst of adjusting to Zoe's return, preparing to say goodbye to her boyfriend, and helping out at her father's restaurant, there is something sinister happening in Maiden Rock. A fancy new restaurant has opened in town, and is threatening to take away Gusty's customers. When a friendly food competition between the two restaurants begins, suddenly all sorts of misfortune falls upon Gusty's. Each new problem threatens to ruin her father's business, and Quinnie is pretty sure the owner of the new restaurant is behind all of the trouble. But in order to find proof, Quinnie and her friends will need to dust off their detective caps. I like that this mystery has enough adventure and tension to make it a compelling read. But like its predecessors, it's not too scary or violent for middle grade readers. I kind of wish Quinnie would trust her mother to help her more when she finds clues or discovers new evidence. Quinnie's mom is also Maiden Rock's sheriff. And while Quinnie wants to solve things on her own, she frequently compromises evidence or creates new problems that only complicate efforts to find the culprit in the restaurant mischief. That frustrates the grownup in me, but I'm sure this book will be a popular mystery among young readers. --Blog

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Author's Bio

C. M. Surrisi is a graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina. The Maypop Kidnapping is her first novel.

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