Thursday, May 24, 2012

Top of the Heap!

The DMS loves a good mystery! Monday's Riddle kept us all in suspense and Lizzy's Book Review took us on a trip to 43 Cemetery Road, where a few odd characters are just dying to meet. We were both looking forward to Top of the Heap this week because we are all about finding clues and solving mysteries. After all, the Detective Mystery Squad has been on the case for a couple of years now, but I must say, since discovering the Begonia House, business has definitely picked up! So, on the topic of mystery...

This weeks top of the heap: Favorite Mystery Stories!

Fairday: My pick for best mystery writer is Edward Gorey. His work is so unbelievably subtle, yet as dramatic as it gets. One thing I really enjoy is the drawn out suspense- you literally have no clue what's happening. A story will randomly start and abruptly finish, you're baffled. The next book that you read will fascinate you, but it won't make any sense either. Then, you will read a third story, and something will click- BUT, the books are not labeled as having anything to do with each other, so you pretty much just have to sort it out for yourself. How entertaining! I only have my theories about what's happening, but who knows? It's all up to the interpreter. Brilliant. The  YouTube video will take your imagination for a ride. There is a clue or something mysterious that happens in each segment, which will help you put the pieces of the mystery together.  I would love to hear what you guys think! ~ F




Lizzy: I love to curl up with a good mystery.  When I think of mysteries I think of my all-time favorite series- Nancy Drew.  Once I read my first one I was hooked!  I couldn’t wait to read more. I go to my local library every week and check out a few books and I am almost finished with them all!  The best part is my mom read them all when she was a girl, so it is such fun to talk to her about Nancy, Bess, George and the fantastic mysteries they solve. I also get lots of ideas for ways I can help the Detective Mystery Squad (DMS) figure out cases in the future. ~ L



12 comments:

  1. I loved Nancy Drew when I was a kid! My grandma had kept my mom's collection of them and every time I would visit I would read one. :) Great memories!

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    1. Hi Ali, That's a great memory! What a cool collection : ) ~ F

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  2. I love Edward Gorey's illustrations. They are so dark and clever. I actually didn't realize he was a writer *slaps forehead*
    I've never been much for mysteries. Maybe because I'm so terrible at figuring them out!

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    1. Hi Cate, wasn't he amazing! I see all sorts of stuff in his illustrations. Dark and clever is the perfect term for them! Great to hear from you : ) ~ F

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  3. I remember the day I discovered my first Nancy Drew mystery...I must've read through every single one that year! Loved, loved, loved them! She's the perfect balance between grace and spunk!

    :0)

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    1. Hi Christine, The stories are so fun and engaging. I remember being completely spooked out, but fascinated by the cover of The Haunted Bridge- and couldn't wait to read it! Thanks for stopping by : ) ~ F

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  4. Every year in my class we do a mystery book report and the kids read either Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys. Yep, they still hold up for the video game playin' generation.

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    1. Hi Leslie, Really good things stick around. What is more fun than trying to solve a mystery with a group of friends! Great to hear from you : ) ~ F

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  5. I didn't read Nancy Drew, but I was really into the Hardy Boys. My son Christian has discoveredd them now, too.
    --Greg
    http://thedelivererssharkeyandthejewel.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Greg, That's okay- I think they all hung out together : ) ~ F

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  6. Agatha Christie has always been my favorite mystery writer. I could read her stories for hours on end.

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    1. Donna- I haven't read anything by her in ages. In 6th grade I went through a faze where I devoured most of her books. :) I even made a play for a class project about Death on the Nile! ~Stephanie

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