Bruce and the Murder in the Marsh

Children - Grade 4th-6th
226 Pages
Reviewed on 02/06/2014
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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

In Bruce and the Murder in the Marsh by Gale Leach, we see Bruce and Milton accompany Chef Agatha when she goes to pay her respects to her mentor Cecil. When they arrive, they find out Cecil did not die a natural death, instead he was killed. Agatha has to get back to work. So Bruce and Milton search for clues to solve the puzzle of the mysterious murder and they are helped by Angie and Carly. As they are close to nabbing the murderer, they find themselves being threatened and almost killed. Will they succeed in finding out Cecil's killer or will they stop the investigation for fear of being killed?

This is another book from the series of adventures of Bruce. This time, the story includes suspense, intrigue, mystery, and a murder which makes it very exciting. The book keeps young readers glued as clues are revealed and they find themselves cracking their heads along with Bruce, Milton, Carla and Angie to find the killer. All the characters in the story have been etched very well and each of them have been given prominence. They complement each other very well, forming an integral part of the story, along with Bruce and Milton.

I applaud the author for bringing out some endearing characters in this series. Bruce is the hero. I recommend all the books in this series for children. Though there are some common characters, the stories are all different and refreshing.