While Madhattan Mystery by John J Bonk is a kid’s book, I couldn’t pass up the chance to read a mystery story set in New York City no matter who it was geared towards.  Madhattan Mystery starts off in one of my favorite NYC spots – the Whispering Gallery at Grand Central.  Here, one of our main characters, Lexi, overhears a couple of guys talking about planning to steal stuff and bury it somewhere. She writes down a few clues and forgets about it when it is time to have dinner with her Aunt and brother, Kevin.

The next day, the newspaper is reporting that Cleopatra’s Jewels have been stolen from the Met and Lexi wonders if maybe she over heard the robbers while at Grand Central.  She calls the police to give them a tip on what she over heard, but they figure she is just a kid and don’t take her call seriously.

She ends up enlisting the help of her aunt’s neighbor, Kim Long Levine, a budding journalist.  Kevin, Kim and Lexi end up skipping going to the summer camp they are enrolled in and go on a massive treasure hunt throughout Manhattan trying to find the missing jewels and to capture the reward.

They have to try and figure out what the clues that Lexi wrote down were and the news coverage also gives them more clues to go on as well.

I won’t tell you if they end up finding the jewels or not – you’ll have to check out Madhattan Mystery for yourself if you want to find out!

I received a free e-copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley in order to write this review.

About the Book

This exciting mystery lets readers in on all the best-kept secrets of the Big Apple.

All set to spend their summer in New York City with their aunt while their father is honeymooning with his new wife, Lexi and her younger brother Kevin’s snoozy summer plans turn into high-stakes adventure when Lexi overhears a plot to steal Cleopatra’s famous jewels from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Joining forces with budding investigative journalist Kim Ling Levine, they ditch day camp to track down the thieves and rake in the reward money. Can Lexi, Kevin, and Kim find out who’s behind the jewel heist without getting into too much trouble themselves?

For fans of the classic From the Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler comes a hilarious whodunnit that will keep readers guessing to the very end.

JOHN J. BONK is a former musical comedy performer turned writer who has hung up his tap shoes to devote his time to performing on the page. He is the author of the comic middle-grade novels, Dustin Grubbs: One-Man Show and Dustin Grubbs: Take Two! He lives in a high-rise in the heart of Manhattan with his indefatigable kitty, Dinah Blue.

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