Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Stairway To Doom

Stairway to Doom (Miss Mallard Mysteries) Robert M. Quackenbush. 1983/2018. 80 pages. Source: Library]

First sentence: A flash of lightning ripped across the night sky. Miss Mallard, the world-famous ducktective, paid the carriage driver and hurried up the stairway that led to Duckinbill Castle.

Premise/plot: Miss Mallard stars in a mystery series for young readers. In this one Miss Mallard is with family in an old Scottish castle--a will, Great Aunt Abby's--is being read. To inherit, each family member must stay in this "haunted" castle all night long. Miss Mallard seems fearless and fierce--she's a smart duck. But some of the other characters seem frightened, very frightened. Is there just cause for their fear? Is the castle truly haunted?

My thoughts: This is equal parts funny and absurd. I love, love, love the idea of a duck detective, a ducktective. It's a quick, fast-paced read geared towards young readers just getting comfortable with chapter books. The illustrations are super-fun.

I wish my library had ALL the books in this series. I really need to track them all down.

Original audience would have born circa 1976 to 1978.

© 2019 Becky Laney of Young Readers

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