Cold Case by Julia Leonard


12 Critic Reviews

An interesting premise falls victim to too-familiar plotting.


A boy makes a terrible discovery and must clear his family’s name in this action-packed thriller.

When thirteen-year-old Oz Keiller stumbles upon a dead body, his life is thrown into a tailspin. His older brother is the prime suspect in the murder, and Oz soon learns that the crime may be tied to the death of his father years earlier—a father who was accused of selling nuclear secrets to rogue governments.
     The fate—and livelihood—of his family is hanging by a thread, and it’s up to Oz to try and crack the case, with the help of his best friend, Rusty. It’s a quest that has more twists and turns than the dusty roads of New Mexico—and the answer may be closer to home than Oz ever could have imagined.


About Julia Leonard

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Julia Platt Leonard has been a television reporter, pastry chef and bread baker for Todd English, and a food consultant. She lives in London with her family. When she’s not dreaming about what’s for dinner or thinking up new stories, she is a freelance copywriter and recipe tester. Cold Case is her first novel.
Published April 26, 2011 by Aladdin. 290 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Cooking. Fiction
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Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Apr 15 2011

An interesting premise falls victim to too-familiar plotting.

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Publishers Weekly

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Reviewed by Publisher's Weekly on Mar 28 2011

Readers won't be surprised to learn that some of the adults that the kids trust turn out to be more than they seem, and the occasional red herring doesn't do much to muddy the waters.

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Santa Fe New Mexican

Reviewed by Marzia Dessi on Aug 25 2011

Author captures city's 'flavor' in 'Cold Case'.

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Lehigh Valley Live

Reviewed by Kendal Rautzhan on Jul 12 2011

A real thriller in every regard, “Cold Case” is a flawless novel by debut author Julia Platt Leonard. No doubt – the world will be waiting for her next book!

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Reviewed by Cindy Mitchell on Mar 10 2012

I enjoyed this murder mystery, but it went by too fast. There were so many things intertwined that it shouldn't have been solved so fast.

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Finding Wonderland

Reviewed by Aquafortis on Sep 12 2011

This was a tight and fast-paced mystery; the pacing and suspense will make this an appealing one for readers who aren't quite ready for adult-level murder mysteries or edgier teen thrillers.

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Mint Tea and a Good Book

Reviewed by Meredith on Oct 07 2011

Plenty of plot twists and a perfect pace, which makes the book thrilling.

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Reviewed by Bookscoops on Aug 16 2012

Cold Case is a little like Hardy Boys on steroids.

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Tiger Book Blog

Reviewed by Mrs. Fuhrman on Jul 18 2012

If you’re a fan of mysteries that keep you guessing, check this one out. You won’t be disappointed.

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Reviewed by Brian on Oct 24 2011

Julia Platt Leonard has written a great murder mystery filled with pretty much every ingredient needed for a great murder mystery for younger readers.

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Surrounded by Words

Reviewed by Molly Jo on Jun 18 2011

The emotions are true and raw ... Very nice who-dun-it read with a conclusion that will probably knock their little pants off.

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Just Deb

Reviewed by Deb Marshall on May 09 2011

This great read for the middle grade crowd who love mystery, murder, action. Think Alex Rider fans, Maximum Ride, 39 Clues.

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