After solving a series of murders at Enchantment Lake, Francie is ready to settle down to a normal senior year. If she wanted excitement, she could return to New York City and finish high school there. Instead, Francie stays in northern Minnesota with her two great-aunts where life should be simpler.

All seems to be going as planned until Theo, Francie’s long-lost older brother, arrives. Trouble follows him wherever he goes. While Francie wants to know where he’s been and ask him more about their missing mother, she is afraid of the answers she’ll get. When the head of a local archeological dig turns up dead, and all the evidence seems to point to Theo, Francie does her best to steer clear of the investigation. Mysteries have a way of finding her, though. Despite her best efforts, Francie finds herself drawn into a dangerous situation that calls for her sleuthing skills.

Margi Preus’s burgeoning series promises to satisfy the cravings of young “whodunit” fans. Full of suspense and danger, but never graphic, the Enchantment Lake murder mysteries are reminiscent of publisher Edward L. Stratemeyer’s prolific children’s books of the early 20th century. Middle schoolers looking for worthwhile summer reading should add these two titles to their list.

Jennifer Minicus is a teacher living in New Jersey.

Jennifer Minicus

Jennifer Minicus lives in New Jersey with her husband and son. A former French, Latin and mathematics teacher, Jennifer currently enjoys the responsibilities of a "domestic engineer", particularly making...