Title: Shadows of Doubt (A Kahable and Claude Mystery #2)
Author: Timothy R. Baldwin
Narrator: Garrett Kiesel, Brittany Goodwin
A new year. A new mystery.
It’s the start of a new school year and a budding romance for Marcus and Alissa. However, everything is threatened when a sudden lack of funds puts all school sports on hold. To make matters worse, Marcus’ father, the school’s athletic director, is suddenly replaced by the arrogant, washed-up star athlete Mr. Dunbar.
Marcus and Alissa are forced to play detective once again and get to the bottom of these strange events. Will they be prepared to risk reputation, and even their safety, to solve this mystery?
With a bonus novella, A Bazaar Christmas. A Christmas caper has Marcus and Alissa on the trail of a new mystery. The stakes are high for the future of the annual Christmas Bazaar when a big-ticket auction item goes missing. Anxious for another mystery, Marcus and Alissa set off to recover the lost item and catch a suspect before the close of the night.
When funds go missing at the school, our heroes from Camp Lenape, Marcus, Alissa, Janice, and Nate decide they’re going to investigate. Things only escalate when Marcus’ father loses his job to be replaced by a washed-up athlete. To get to the bottom of the mystery, Alissa and Marcus will have to dive in headfirst at the risk of not only their reputation, but possibly their safety as well.
While starting a new year at school can be exciting, it can also be stressful. I love the way that Baldwin escalated that fact by writing an in-school mystery for the main characters to solve. The friendships and budding romance all felt very real for middle schoolers, and it made the characters easy to relate to. Plenty of character development goes on with all the characters, and I thought the ending of the story was particularly satisfying.
Both the narrators did a good job on bringing the characters to life!This book was given to me for free at my request, and I provided this voluntary review.