Book Review ‘The Mystery of the Missing Suitcase’

      This was one of the many books that I picked up at the book sale I had mentioned earlier. It was written by Florence Parry Heide and Sylvia Worth Van Cleif. I finished it in a day, and I was pleased with it. This was a good mystery story for children.
      The story starts when Dexter, the main character, is riding home on a bus. He talks to the lady sitting next to him who tells him that she thinks she is being followed by a man who wants to steal her money. When Dexter arrives back at his house, he realizes that he has the wrong suitcase. Soon he discovers that the suitcase he has belongs to the man who was following the lady, and his friends agree with him when he says that he believes the man to be a bank robber. The children look inside the suitcase, hoping for something that will tell them where the man is.
      I enjoyed how the three children, Jay, Dexter, and Cindy, were polite to all of the adults in the story, which is different from many books today. Dexter’s older sister still behaved as you would imagine an older sister to behave like, but was still kind to the children. These children also involved Dexter’s parents in their idea. They told them about the mystery instead of keeping it a secret from them.
      A simple example of something I liked, was that Dexter’s parents went over to the neighbor’s house to look at rosebushes. Many books don’t include socializing like that.
      While seemingly written for a younger audience, teens and adults will also enjoy this quick, sweet book.


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