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Reviewed by Alice Recker for Readers' Favorite
In the Matter of Michael Vogel, written by Drew Yanno, tells the story of the murder of an eight-year-old boy in a small town in Upstate New York. Sam Fisher, a boy himself, holds a deep secret and is afraid to reveal what he knows. Sam and his two friends like to explore remote wooded areas outside town. They also make up stories between themselves, as if vying to see who has more experience in adult matters than the other. Their imaginations run wild, although they don't believe each other. This is another reason Sam can’t tell what he knows to be the truth. Before the mystery of who dumped Michael Vogel’s small body in the town swimming pool is solved, more confounding is that things aren’t as they seem among the adults in town either. Sam finds himself in mortal danger when he rings the doorbell of one of his paper route customers to warn him his life is in jeopardy. The person who answers the door is not his patron.
Drew Yanno in In the Matter of Michael Vogel describes scenes and characters in a way that draws the reader into the story, along with the individuals portrayed. His ability to project the 1960s mentality and bizarre activities of some people puts us right there. Yanno is definitely a storyteller and I kept turning those the pages! It is hard not to see the extraordinary sympathy the author reveals for the ordinary townspeople who are innocent victims of the child’s murder. This novel is one that emits suspense of ‘who done it’ along with ‘let’s find the culprit.’ I recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery. I look forward to more books by Drew Yanno.