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Book Title: The Name of the Game Was Murder|
The author of the book: Joan Lowery Nixon
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Edition: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Date of issue: September 25th 2013
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 21.31 MB
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Reader ratings: 6.9
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What a silly, silly book! Epically ‘90s and cheesy. I read a zillion books like this when I was, like, twelve.
As a kid, I probably would have liked this in a non-ironic way, as opposed to the laughing way that I kind of enjoyed it now. We have an intrepid fifteen-year-old heroine who wants to be a writer and in the meantime can recognize the Shah of Iran in a photo and barely flinch at the murdered body of her great-uncle. What do these eclectic characteristics have in common? They all make Sam the perfect protagonist to solve this rather silly mystery.
It’s pretty funny how easily the characters narrow the suspects to the wrong set of people. (And they don’t even consider the possibility, however remote, that this could have been an outside job.) Even though one character jokes about the old “the butler did it” cliché, it doesn’t occur to anyone (except, um, the reader) that the help could have played a role in Mr. Trevor’s murder.
The emotional content of the book was very low. Not to say I expected Sam to mourn, but I didn’t feel a lot of fear there, either, really. Her most intensely-portrayed emotions are in the scene after she realizes where the manuscript is, when she’s trying to hide her excitement. I didn’t feel the tension was all that high, either - the one scene in which Sam seems actually in danger, with Mrs. Engstrom at the end, is resolved quickly and peacefully. In general, I wouldn’t say Sam acted like a person trapped in a house with a murderer.
Also, how weird is that whole ghost thing? Contributes to the whole stuck-in-a-creepy-castle-in-a-storm mood, very gothic, but kind of out there.
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Read information about the authorAuthor of more than one hundred books, Joan Lowery Nixon is the only writer to have won four Edgar Allan Poe Awards for Juvenile Mysteries (and been nominated several other times) from the Mystery Writers of America. Creating contemporary teenage characters who have both a personal problem and a mystery to solve, Nixon captured the attention of legions of teenage readers since the publication of her first YA novel more than twenty years ago. In addition to mystery/suspense novels, she wrote nonfiction and fiction for children and middle graders, as well as several short stories. Nixon was the first person to write novels for teens about the orphan trains of the nineteenth century. She followed those with historical novels about Ellis Island and, more recently for younger readers, Colonial Williamsburg. Joan Lowery Nixon died on June 28, 2003—a great loss for all of us.
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