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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Taya Bayliss -- Dog Sitter is a juvenile/preteen mystery written by E.J. Gore. Taya is eleven years old, and she’s on holiday. She’s just not sure what there is to do around town. Taya lives in an apartment above the town’s bookstore with her father, a professor, and her mother, an illustrator of children’s books. Her grandmother lives nearby in a retirement village, and Taya enjoys visiting with her. Minette, the Dumonts’ Golden Doodle, also enjoys visiting at the retirement village and, on her last visit, grabbed a purple ball of yarn to play with. When Taya tries to figure out how Minette keeps getting loose, she discovers Minette’s hoard of treasures. There are lots of strange things in that cache, like underwear, and a black leather glove, which Taya thinks might belong to the guy in town who rides a motorcycle.
E.J. Gore’s juvenile/preteen mystery novel, Taya Bayliss -- Dog Sitter, is a lot of fun to read. Taya is a great character who likes to use logic to solve problems. She’s resourceful and determined to solve the mystery when she’s got the scent of the robber who’s been stealing from the townspeople as well as the residents of the retirement village. Minette, the Golden Doodle, and Chris, her twelve-year-old pal, are her partners in the crime-solving game, and the three of them make an inspired team. Gore’s plot is exciting and fast-paced, with plenty of clues for readers and quite a bit of action and adventure. Gore also includes discussion questions at the end of the book that keep the fun going on just a little bit longer. I enjoyed Taya Bayliss -- Dog Sitter and highly recommend it.