Thursday, January 21, 2010

I So Don't Do Mysteries & I So Don't Do Spooky by Barrie Summy

Plot summary: In both of these books, Sherry (short for Sherlock) Holmes Baldwin must team up with her mother (who is a ghost) and solve a crime. But Sherry so doesn't do spooky mysteries.

This mystery series is one of the funnest I've seen in a long time. Sherry is a great character, with hilarious quirks, and gets herself into even funnier situations.

MYSTERIES is a great introduction to Sherry, her friends, and her life. Plus, it's just plain fun.
SPOOKY takes the story a bit further, and we learn more about Sherry. We also meet a few new characters (which I hope to see again in future books), and the stakes go up a notch. But it remains just as fun as the first.
Both books are fabulous, light fiction that will leave you with a smile on your face. Summy has done a fabulous job of capturing a thirteen year old girl and making her leap off the page. I can see all girls near Sherry's age loving these books, whether they are girly girls (like Sherry) or more practical (like Junie).

As for me, I can't wait for the next book, I SO DON'T DO MAKEUP, to come out this spring. Keep writing, Barrie!


Laura Pauling said...

I read the first book and thought it was so cute. A light read. And it was great to read something that wasn't heavy handed and depressing. (as much as I enjoy those too) This was written for entertainment with a cute mc and cute voice. I would recommend it.

Barrie said...

Awwww.....thank you, Tabitha! xo

Bish Denham said...

I want to read these!

Keri Mikulski said...

Love Barrie and her work. :)

Nayuleska said...

These are already on my wishlist :) Glad they are good.

Stephanie said...

Aw...sounds really adorable!!! Wish my daughter was a smidge older!!!

PJ Hoover said...

I love ISDDM! And Barrie is hilarious in person, just like Sherrie. She keeps me in stitches!

Tabitha said...

Laura - Isn't it though? Sherry is adorable and hilarious. I just loved these books.

Barrie - thanks for giving us Sherry!! :)

Bish - these are so much fun. I hope you're able to get your hands on a copy.

Keri - she's awesome, isn't she? :)

Yuna - definitely good. Read these when you want a smile on your face. :)

Stephanie - I'm wishing I had a daughter to share these with! I'll have to settle for my niece, when she's older. :)

PJ - I can totally see that. Her blog is funny, too!

Megan Frances Abrahams said...

The book sounds like a lot of fun. Really like your brief review format. You hit the main points without giving anything away - just right.

Tabitha said...

Thanks! Though I should warn you that some of my reviews do contain spoilers, but I'll always give ample warnings. :)

I review other books with the purpose of dissecting them from a writer's perspective, and then it's pretty much impossible to get around spoilers. But I will also do reviews for great books like these, where there isn't anything to dissect and just love to share. :)

Casey Something said...

Great review, Tabitha! I'm looking forward to reading these. I follow Barrie's blog.

Also, I gave you an award on my blog, if you're interested in checking it out. : )

Unknown said...

Loved it! This is one that I really want to get my hands on--the premise sounds brilliant.