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Sunday 3 February 2013

Review: Girl's Best Friend

Maggie is a bright and resourceful twelve-year-old who, unbeknown to her parents, walks dogs after school to make some pocket money.  She is sweet on her classmate Milo, a quiet, sullen type who doesn’t really notice her. Maggie lives with her twin Finn and family along with many other tenants, in an old brownstone building converted to apartments by the owner Isabelle, whose dog Preston Maggie walks daily.

Crazy things are going on in the brownstone building. Noises in the walls and other unexplained disturbances are being complained about. Isabelle lives in an imaginary world of her past glories and other fantasies that sway from truth to fiction depending on the occasion and the listener.

Ivy was Maggie’s best friend till Eve came along. Now Ivy’s dog Kermit has been stolen and held for ransom. Ivy knows where Maggie keeps her dog-walking funds and uses Maggie and Finn’s birthday as an opportunity to take the money to get her dog back. Maggie catches her, then finds herself involved in trying to track down the dog-napper before Ivy’s parents return from overseas.

A complicated series of events play out and the pay-off goes wrong. But this is not the only dog that goes missing. It is up to Maggie, who has a sharp mind and an observant eye, to piece together the clues that don’t seem to add up, and find the dogs and the culprit.

This is a fantastic read that can’t be put down. So much is happening in the main story in addition to the activity in the back stories, which are filled with linked clues and red herrings. It is clever and funny, and so highly entertaining that the reader will regret reaching the end. 

Look out for Vanishing Acts another fantastic read in the Maggie Brooklyn mystery series.

- Reviewed by Anastasia Gonis

Title:  Girl's Best Friend (A Maggie Brooklyn Mystery)
Author:  Leslie Margolis
Publisher: Allen & Unwin, $15.99 RRP
Publication Date:  January 2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN:  9781599906904
For ages:  8 - 12 years
Type: Junior fiction