Fadeaway Girl

Fadeaway Girl

A Novel

Book - 2011
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The beguiling young sleuth Emma Graham returns.

Martha Grimes returns to her twelve-year-old heroine, Emma Graham, in this suspenseful sequel to the bestselling Belle Ruin . Emma continues her investigation into the strange disappearance of the four- month-old Slade baby from the Belle Ruin Hotel more than twenty years before. The sudden appearance in town of the baby's father, Morris Slade, makes her even more determined to learn the truth. Then a mysterious drifter named Ralph Diggs appears at the Hotel Paradise, looking for work, ingratiating himself with everyone there. Everyone, that is, except Emma.

The perceptive Emma is bound once again to delight fans of the previous books Hotel Paradise, Cold Flat Junction, and Belle Ruin , and certain to win new readers with her intuition and humor.
Publisher: New York : Viking Penguin, 2011.
ISBN: 9780670022441
Branch Call Number: FIC Grime
Characteristics: 323 pages
Alternative Title: Fade away girl


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Jun 26, 2015

Has become one of my favourites. Lots of interesting characters. It was like walking into a Norman Rockwell scene, from a young girl's perspective. It's almost like Scout's older cousin, from To Kill A Mockingbird, smart, plucky, curious, wise-cracking, trying to find her way and solve a mystery in a world of busy and preoccupied adults. (This was a time when children were to be seen, not heard.) The setting is the 50/60s and written from that perspective. If you're not into history, you may prefer a more modern story. I'm a history buff, so felt like I was transported back to that time in small town America.

Mar 14, 2014

I agree with astrella -- there is no real "ending" in this series. Don't get me wrong, I loved it -- as I invariably love all of Martha Grimes' work. But after a few years reading each installment and awaiting the denouement, well, it just sort of... ended. (And I don't foresee there being a fifth book to wrap it all up.) Having said that, I want to add that Grimes is without parallel in her writing, and especially in her portrayals of children. I dearly love her work!

Jan 21, 2012

While the books in this series are very intriguing and the protagonist is compelling, they are on the "moody" side - which is OK, the writing is great - but with this installment especially, I sort of felt like I should start over and read them all in a row. This one doesn't exactly end, per se; unless I missed it, the mystery isn't exactly solved. But that's not really the point of these books.

Nov 03, 2011

Intriguing perspective: an adult mystery, but told from the perspective of a child. Good mystery, good writing.

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