An Almost Private Eye: Mystery of the Starfighter

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Grade 10 Up—Joseph Oliver Kuhl, a college freshman studying to become a private investigator, submits a term paper (in the form of this book) for his criminal-justice class in which he details, down to the footnotes, how he solved the mystery of who is setting a string of fires in his hometown of Balona, CA. Joseph unravels the mystery, mostly by spying on family, friends, and townspeople. As far as term papers go, this one might be marked down for being a bit long-winded; Joseph takes plenty of time to explain the intricacies of the townspeople and his large and complicated family. Though hilarious at first, these details bog down the plot as the story tries to move forward, making it difficult for teens to get hooked. However, the characters are fascinating, especially Joseph, a determined, cocky, annoying, and often-offensive young man. Auxiliary characters are colorful as well, each wildly entertaining and playing a part in the mystery. Peralta's style of dry, sarcastic humor will definitely pique the interest of more sophisticated teens. This title is for mature readers who are ready to embrace a complex blend of humor and mystery.—Emily Anne Valente, New York Public Library
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