Mysteries are a favorite genre for my summer reading pleasure and the fourth Gilda Joyce book satisfied my desire for a good “who done it.” I’ve read the previous books with the 14-year-old psychic detective whose passion is solving crimes using her unique powers, so I was looking forward to this title. Once the reader accepts the fact that Gilda has gotten a summer internship in Washington, D.C., at the International Spy Museum and is rooming in an apartment with Caitlin, a young woman in her early 20′s, the plot gets interesting pretty fast. The museum has acquired some artifacts from a former KGB agent during the Cold War and Gilda starts seeing ghosts and is haunted by a dream about Abraham Lincoln. The adventures include espionage, intrigue, camp kids at the museum, and figuring out a dead drop–an agreed-upon place where spies leave crucial information for one another. And meeting her idol and mentor, Balthazar Frobenius adds to the adventure. Gilda is as independent and sassy as ever and her latest situation dealing with an urgent matter of national security makes for a fun read. This title can stand alone, but I’d recommend reading the previous stories by Allison to understand more about Gilda’s psychic powers.
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GILDA JOYCE: THE DEAD DROP by Jennifer Allison
by Katherine on August 18th, 2009