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QUICK NOTES: Death and Douglas by J.W. Ocker

QUICK NOTES: I don’t tend to read a lot of Middle Grade books, there just aren’t that many that grab my attention long enough for me to read them. Although I’m always ecstatic to find new books to get for nieces, nephews, and friends to read, so I’m always on the lookout for new books to pass along. Something about DEATH AND DOUGLAS called for me to read it though, probably the macabre setting of the story, it spoke to the child within. And I’m so glad I did because I really liked it.

The book is everything that the synopsis promises; quirky characters, funeral home settings, murder and mystery, all swirling around a spooky town during Halloween. Douglas and his friends were so much fun to follow around and get into mischief with. Equal parts clue hunting and bad luck, with some action sequences thrown in for good measure. A very easy book for me to recommend to a multitude of ages! Ocker can definitely spin a good tale.

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

RATING: ★★★★☆/ 4 Stars!


GENRE: Middle Grade, Mystery

SYNOPSIS: Douglas has grown up around the business of death. Generations of his family have run the Mortimer Family Funeral Home. The mortician and gravediggers are all his buddies. And the display room of caskets is an awesome place for hide and seek. It’s business as usual in Douglas’s small New England town. Until one day an incredibly out of the ordinary murder victim is brought to the funeral home. And more startling: others follow. On the cusp of Halloween, a serial killer has arrived. And unsatisfied with the small-town investigation, Douglas enlists his friends to help him solve the mystery. With sumptuous descriptions of a bucolic town and it’s quirky people, fascinating yet middle grade–appropriate insider information about the funeral process, and a crackling mystery with a heart-pounding conclusion―Death and Douglas has something for readers young and old.


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