Kyle & Corey and the Game Store Mystery by Joe Stephens

Looking for a fun, adventure-filled mystery? You’ll find it in Kyle & Corey and the Game Store Mystery by Joe Stephens.

Kyle and Corey are brothers who are as different as they come. In typical brotherly fashion, they fight a lot, but they also have a knack for solving crimes. When their town of Fairly Springs experiences a rash of robberies, the boys are quick to investigate. The one thing all the crimes have in common is that each family that was robbed has a college-age son and high-end desktop computers are stolen. In between Corey’s sports tryouts and Kyle’s job at the local video game store, they work to put together the pieces of the puzzle before more robberies occur.

A fan of mysteries since my childhood, I grabbed a copy of this one as soon as I could. What a fun read! Two brothers working together to solve crime in their hometown in the middle of having regular teen (Kyle) and pre-teen (Corey) challenges makes for a great story. My son is a gamer, so I best connected to how Kyle’s storyline unfolded.

What I enjoyed about Stephens’ work is that he dropped just the right amount of clues to move the story along. It was an easy and engaging read from beginning to end. Though I had figured out most of the pieces before I got there, I still felt satisfied once the story concluded.

The reader will also find a preview from the second book in the Kyle & Corey Mystery series included. I’m glad there will be future adventures for these two brothers. I look forward to more!

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Read an excerpt

“Wanna have a catch outside?” Corey said after a minute. “Before it gets too

dark?”

“I guess,” Kyle said without enthusiasm.

“Homework, Corey?”

“It’s Friday night, Mom. Can’t you chill out? Besides, I did it in school.”

“You always say you do it in school—then I get your report cards and they say

you haven’t turned it in.”

“They must be losing it, then. I’m doing it.”

Mrs. Holley shook her head. She knew Corey and knew that nagging him

about it was hopeless. “Clear the table before you go.”

“Yes, ma’am.” Corey cleared the plates, glasses and silverware, put the

napkins and salt and pepper shakers in the kitchen, and covered the leftover

food. Without being prompted, Kyle wiped down the table, the counter and the

stove, and swept the floor.

Mrs. Holley watched through the sliding glass door as they hurried outside. As

always, any sport absorbed Corey, but baseball was his favorite. He pitched for

the local rec department team for most of the year, and hoped they’d eventually

add a travel league. For his sake, she hoped so, too.

Outside, Corey and Kyle pulled on their baseball gloves and lobbed the ball

back and forth across the wide backyard. “So what’s our next case?” Corey

asked. “It’s been a long time since summer.”

Kyle snorted. “That was a one-off, dude. It won’t happen again. They do have

a police force here, you know.”

“But we were great together! Bet we could make something happen again.”

“If we do, the cops’ll be after our butts, for sure. They didn’t like it when we

made them look bad by catching those bank-fraud guys.”

“If we’re catching crooks, who cares if it’s us or them?”

“They care. They’re the ones paid to do it.”

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I received a digital copy of this book from the author through Goddess Fish Promotions. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

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Between the Covers of 4RV Christmas Books Zoom Discussion on Sunday, September 19

Join members of the 4RV Publishing family as we talk about our Christmas books. Vivian Zabel (President), Stephanie Burkhart, Wayne Harris-Wyrick, Jeanne Conway, and myself will be part of this online discussion. Registration is free, but it is required. Visit https://4rvreading-writingnewsletter.blogspot.com/p/between-covers-of-4rv-christmas-books.html to register today!

Bandits of Basswood by E. P. Bellows

Like many Drakes before him, John William Drake was born to be an explorer. When he discovers a book hidden in the ceiling of his family home, his father promises they are about to embark on a grand adventure. But when his father mysteriously disappears, John William moves in with his Uncle Andrew. A year passes with no word regarding his father’s whereabouts. That all changes on John William’s twelfth birthday, when he receives an invitation to change his destiny.

In this unknown land, John William searches for his father. His quest will find him getting help from a hopper and an Empyrean, and will endanger all their lives as they fight off the Bandits of Basswood. Can they escape? What other adventures are in store for John William and his friends? Will he ever find his father?

While I am not a huge reader of fantasy novels, I love stories filled with adventure. Bandits of Basswood certainly has tons of that. From the moment John William embarks upon the search for his father, it is a wild ride of deciphering clues, dodging bandits, and meeting fantastic creatures along the way. It kept me turning the pages and ended where I felt appropriate.

The one challenge for me is that this book had formatting and editing issues. The paragraphs were block style instead of indented, which made for a clumsy and sometimes confusing read despite the double-space between lines. Dialogue from one character would run into the dialogue of another character. In addition, there were typos and grammar errors. As an editor, it is tough for me to simply just read a book, but it went beyond that. Missing opening or closing quotation marks around dialogue, wrong words used, and instances where in one paragraph a word specific to this story would be capitalized and then further down in another paragraph it would be lowercase. 

I love the idea behind this story. The characters are unique. The artwork is beautiful. Tidy up the formatting and editing, and it will be a fabulous read.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08CSBF8M4
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ July 10, 2020
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 3194 KB

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I received a digital copy of this book from the author through Pump Up Your Book. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

Anne with an E Fanfiction

As some of you may recall, I write fanfiction stories to unwind. I haven’t had time to indulge in this exercise in almost a year. Considering that the most recent series I’ve watched is Anne with an E, I decided to write my first fanfiction story based on that series. It is titled, “The Apology.” If you are interested in reading it, you can find it here.

Who is Singing? by Janet Halfmann

Who is Singing? by Janet Halfmann is the perfect way to inspire a love of birds in your youngster. This beautiful book filled with colorful illustrations from artist Chrissy Chabot, brings the reader along asking the question, “Who is singing?” as each bird makes it own unique sound. From the Blue Jay to the Robin to the Nuthatch and more, this delightful story will charm young readers. The story is followed by Birdsong Fun Facts & Notes, making it entertaining and educational.

Children will enjoy reading Who is Singing? time and again. It can help you foster a love of nature and a desire to explore the world around them. It also encourages youngsters to come up with their own words and sounds for the bird songs they hear.

Who is Singing? by Janet Halfmann is a great addition to any personal or school library.

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B099X8GT7C
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Pen It! Publications, LLC (July 19, 2021)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ July 19, 2021
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 6509 KB
  • Print length: 34 pages

I received a free copy of this book from the author. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.