Down the Rabbit Hole by Peter Abrahams

downtherabbitholeabrahamsDown the Rabbit Hole (An Echo Falls Mystery, Book 1)

 

by Peter Abrahams

  • VOYA: 5Q4P J
  • Lexile Level: 680L
  • Reading level: Ages 9-12
  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (April 25, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060737034
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060737030

Ingrid Levin-Hill has her hands full with middle school, soccer, family, and the starring role in the Prescott Players production of Alice in Wonderland.  When an eccentric elderly lady associated with the Players is murdered, Ingrid begins to wonder if the mysterious new actor/director in town may be involved.  As a dedicated fan of Sherlock Holmes, Ingrid uses logic and level-headedness to crack the case.  Can she do it all without attracting the dangerous attentions of the killer?

In the first in a series of myteries starring plucky and talented thesbian, soccer-player, and Holmes-officiando, Ingrid Levin-Hill, Down the Rabbit Hole displays all of the elements of an excellent story.  All of the characters are well drawn and the town of Echo Falls feels real and lively from the first moment it is introduced to the reader.  Ingrid in particular is perfectly executed and rings with true personality.  I would personally love to call her a friend. 

The mystery is also well plotted and there are plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader interested.  Readers of all ages and reading sophistication should appreciated the story and the characters as the plot unfolds.  There are even a few genuinely creepy moments sure to give the reader a chill.  Abrahams creates a nicely layered novel that is full of middle school angst and mature mystery.  Particularly well drawn is Ingrid’s relationship with a former best friend and her budding friendship/romance with the police chief’s son.  And Nigel, the stray that wins her heart, is pretty special too. 😉

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