Madison Kincaid is a precocious athletic seventh-grader in the Portland public schools as the novel opens. Her widower dad is a top criminal attorney and Madison spends a lot of time alone or with her best buddy, Ann. They have been soccer teammates for years and Madison is upset when Ann is a no-show for team tryouts.
Meanwhile, her dad is hired to defend the husband of Madison’s second-grade teacher against a charge of murder. Coincidental? A bit of a stretch in some of Madison’s actions? Sure, but this story is engaging, the kids and their voices are real and the plot moves along smartly. It’s easy to see that the senior member of this writing team paid close attention to the advice of his daughter.
Not only does Madison enlist a new school friend named Jake to help her solve her dad’s latest case, she figures out how to learn what has happened to her best bud, Ann. There’s sufficient tension, the kids don’t stray too far into dangerous territory and the writing is excellent.
I enjoyed the story and the action and although readers should note that it’s not a lengthy novel, it’s well worth the price and an afternoon’s reading.