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
“I guess,” Kyle said without enthusiasm.
“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.”
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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