What a fun read this was! Truly a gem (no pun intended). I have never heard of the Mauzzy & Me Mystery series and frankly, I'm not a fan of dachshunds, but I am a fan of diamonds, so I couldn't resist this one when it appeared on our Negalley shelf. We definitely got more than we bargained for!
Sara Donovan, a twenty-year-old college student is a character who knows how to find herself in a pickle. During her summer-break, she works at the Carlton Museum, the oldest private museum in Washington DC. Now America is not our country of residence, but I honestly thought this place was real. Sara's job as an archivist intern, entailed working in the museum's main vault. The vault held high-value jewels, artifacts and irreplaceable documents, including the Oliver Carlton Papers. Once again, American History and Founding Fathers are not our strong suit. I honestly thought Oliver Carlton were not cast in stone in Mount Rushmore simply because they ran out of rock.... He's not a real character in American History?
Oliver Carlton was a wealthy landowner in North Carolina in the 1800's. He was also a scientist, inventor, botanist, cryptologist and numerologist. In 1880 he established the Carlton Museum and when he died in 1888, the balance of his estate went to the museum. Including all his correspondence, maps, notes and a collection of journals filled with his observations and experiments. Definitely a character an author like Dan Brown can have a field day with. But let's give the young adults and cozy mystery readers a chance to go on a treasure hunt as well and get back to the story at hand.
So how does a 175 carat diamond get stolen from a private museum? The Carlton was playing host to a diamond and ruby exhibit called Fire & Ice. The Star attraction was a flawless pear-shaped diamond called The Star of Midnight, one of the world's largest diamonds worth and estimated fifty million dollars. Not to spoil your fun, but that's not the most valuable treasure the museum is hosting.
When the precious jewels were moved to the Carlton Museum and Mauzzy started acting strangely (it's a dachshund, when do they not act strangely) around the vault, Sara is convinced something sinister happened in the vault and the Star Attraction might very well not be shining in it's originality. When she discovers something else is amiss from the Carlton, Sara sets in motion a catawampus of events.
Fire & Ice was a delightful book to read with a quirky lead character and a complimentary cast of sub characters. With no inappropriate content and a swear jar close at hand, we will easily recommend this book for Middle Grade readers and up.
We haven't read the first book in the series, but we strongly suspect that it would have helped to read this series in chronological order. Especially regarding the characters and exactly how they all fit into Sara and Mauzzy's lives and the relevance of a few of them. Like Mrs. Majelski. What's up with that old lady? I'm sure she has a cat, she seems like the type.
Thank you to Netgalley and BookBuzz.net for our review copy of this delightful book. Mauzzy, nothing personal. I am a cat after all and let's be honest, you won't like me much either.
I received an eARC of this novel so I could read and review it. Thank you for the opportunity.
This is an enjoyable cozy mystery, focused on a jewel robbery and a treasure hunt, centered around hints placed in an eccentric, long dead millionaire’s private archives and home. I do wish they had showed the cyphers and given the reader the opportunity to solve it along with the characters. Overall. Though, this is a book that mystery fans will enjoy, and it contains nothing inappropriate or objectionable for a middle school or high school reader.
I enjoyed this cozy mystery about a college student who works in a museum where she thinks a robbery has occurred. With her dog by her side she is determined to solve the mystery
Sara Donovan is a fun MC. I like the fact that she works in a museum. It’s a good cozy mystery with great characters.
This is s great YA cozy mystery and I think the author created a fantastic story.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for selecting me to read an advanced copy of the book.
An entertaining and solid mystery that kept me guessing. I loved Sarah and her dog and look forward to reading other stories featuring these characters.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine
Sara Donovan, a college student, experiences a power outage at work. Everything at Carlton Museum seems okay but Sara has this 'gut' feeling that the Star of Midnight, a 175 carat diamond has been replaced with a fake. Can Sara crack the clues. Good story plot. Loved the characters especially Sara. Thanks #netgalley and #WildRosePress for the eARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.
Thank you Wild Rose Press and NetGalley for the chance to read this story.
This was a fun and cute mystery about a girl and her dog, perfect for a rainy day.
Sarah Donovan suspects that a rare gem that is stored in the museum vault isn’t authentic. Even with finding clues that point to a very old story, the historians at the museum don’t agree with her. Can Sarah solve the clues and mystery to prove she’s right about the Star of Midnight being stolen?
This is the first book I have red by this author and in this series. It moves at a pretty good pace and has enough red herrings to keep me guessing along with Sarah. I love history so the way this was written drew me in and had me turning the pages way past my bed time. I look forward to more adventures with Sarah and Mauzzy in the future.
This was such a fun YA mystery. I enjoyed the plot and playing 'who done it' along with the main character.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing this ARC. All opinions expressed are my own.
This ARC was provided to me via Kindle, from Wild Rose Press and #NetGalley. Thank you for the opportunity to preview and review. Opinions expressed are completely my own.
Sara Donovan is a quirky and delightful MC that's quite enchanting. I liked the story, plot and hope for more in the series.