Friday 2 February 2018

The Snake Mistake Mystery - Sylvia McNicoll - The Great Mistake Mysteries Book 3

The Snake Mistake Mystery 
The Great Mistake Mysteries Book 3
Sylvia McNicoll
Dundurn Press
ISBN 9781459739734
eISBN 9781459739758

This book is the conclusion to the Great Mistakes Mysteries series by Sylvia McNicoll. But I hope it will not be the last Mistake Mystery, my children and I really hope there will be more books in this incredible series. I have read each of the three books first by myself and then with one or more of my children. I might have even enjoyed the books more the second time through, reading them at a slower pace with my children and their interactions with the story and characters. It is an excellent book in a great series! 

In my review of volume 1: The Best Mistake Mystery I stated that in some ways it reads like The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon but written for kids. And after reading the whole trilogy I can stat that even more emphatically. In this volume Stephen Nobel and Renée Kobai are both working for Stephen's fathers pet walking business, the Noble Dog Walking Agency. But this time it is not one crime or mystery that is taking the focus of their attention, it is a crime spree. And unfortunately, all fingers are pointing at either Atilla or Noble. And things do not look good. As more and more crime come to light and each seems to have a link to the dog walkers, they start losing customers like hotcakes. It all starts during a story and a phone conversation with poor reception. This book involves missing items, a ring, a python snake, money, electronics. But things are not always as they appear.

And in this case, even though Stephen counts his days by his number of mistakes. In this case it was all the mistakes that adults made that led to the problems. But Stephen witnessing an adult make a mistake gives him insight into some of the missing items. 

As mentioned Stephen counts mistakes each day, and the chapters of the books are days. It is hard to believe that all the action in this book took place over three days.

Day 1 - 11 Mistakes
Day 2 - 10 Mistakes
Day 3 - 10 Mistakes
And as Stephen thinks Too Many Mistakes to Count (those would be the ones made by adults either directly or by assumptions being made.)

I truly love these books. And my children ages 7, 10, and 11 love them also. The books are great reads, and are also really fun to read out loud in a group. My older children are at a point where we were alternating pages as we read this book together. 

As a family we can highly recommend this book, and this series. We hope there will be more to read soon. This book is entertaining for readers of all ages. (And I am not even a pet guy.)

Books by Sylvia McNicoll:
Blueberries and Whipped Cream - 1988
Jump Start - 1989
The Tiger Catcher's Kid - 1989
Project Disaster - 1990
More than Money - 1990
Facing the Enemy - 1992
Bringing Up Beauty - 1994
The Big Race - 1996
Walking a Thin Line - 1997
Double Dribble - 1999
Smoky and the Gorilla - 1999
Grave Secrets - 1999
Caught in a Lie - 2000
A Different Kind of Beauty - 2004
Beauty Returns - 2006
Last Chance For Paris - 2008
Slam Dunk Robot  2007
crush. candy. corpse. - 2012
Dying to Go Viral - 2013

Body Swap - 2018

The Great Mistake Mysteries:
The Best Mistake Mystery - 2017
The Artsy Mistake Mystery - 2017
The Snake Mistake Mystery - 2018
The Diamond Mistake Mystery - 2019

Books Written as Geena Dare:
Stage School Series:
Dan Clowning Around #5 - 1998
Matt Heartbreak Hero #6 - 1998
Lauren Dating Dreams #7 - 1999
Abbi Secret Stranger #9 - 1999
Jenna Standing Tall #10 - 1999
Dan Double Drama #11 -1999

Book Ghostwritten as Sharon Siamon:
The Spellbound Sleepover 1999

Mom and Dad's Guide to Martial Arts 1999

Foreign Editions unavailable in English to date:
Zannas vanskelige valg  2007 (Alpha Wolf)
Zanna - mellom barken og veden 2007 (River of Ice)
Snøras   2008 (Avalanche)
Zanna i fare 2008 (Victim's Impact)
Redningsaksjonen  2009 (The Nine Minute Disaster Zone) 

Author Profile and Interview with Sylvia McNicoll

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