Monday, April 2, 2012

Poison Most Vial book review

Poison Most Vial
A mystery by Benedict Carey

Dr. Ramachandran is a famous forensic scientist and teacher at DeWitt Polytechnic University and has been found dead from poisoning. Ruby Rose attends Dewitt Lab School which is connected to the university. Her father is a janitor at the university.
Murdered in his office, the prime suspect is Ruby’s Father, Mr. Rose.  Feeling that police aren’t doing anything to solve the case, Ruby and her friends try to piece it together with the help of a 70 year old recluse from their apartment building.
Very thorough investigation by the kids and the Window Woman of the case. The story line kept you reading and excited to find out what would happen. Geared toward 9-13 year olds I think that they will enjoy this book.
I struggled to find an age for Ruby, and what grade she was in. The Dewitt Lab School didn’t make a lot of sense to me that it was connected to the university but was it a high school or grade school? I needed a bit more early on information to have the setting lined up for me to visualize. I think if the staging for the story could be made plainer this would be a five star book, but with my confusion I am giving it a 4.
I received a copy of this book from Abrams books in exchange for an honest review.


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  2. I like mystery books for kids! I wonder if the murder makes it appropriate for 9 year olds?


  3. I think it is actually geared toward the 9-12 age group. The murder was via a poison obviously and wasn't graphic or anything. I think personally it would be fine.