Suspect by Kristin Wolden Nitz

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Seventeen-year-old Jen is scheduled to spend the summer helping Grandma Kay run the Shoenhaus, a Victorian bed and breakfast. But Grandma Kay s plans include a lot more than housekeeping; she intends to solve a real mystery from the past involving the disappearance of a young woman.



And the victim was Jen s own mother.



Ellen disappeared without a trace when her daughter was still young. For years, Jen received holiday gifts in the mail and letters signed by her mother. But then the communication abruptly stopped. Now Grandma Kay is convinced the letters were forged and that her daughter-in-law was murdered.



The stage is set for an elaborate Mystery Weekend. Family members and friends and even her mother s old college roommate assemble and are assigned roles to play. As the drama unfolds, Jen makes an important off-stage discovery, a diary written by her mother. Soon Jen s worst suspicions are aroused: Could a member of her own family be responsible for her mother s disappearance?



Author Kristin Wolden Nitz has penned a satisfying story that artfully combines all the necessary elements of a great mystery: believable, well-drawn characters, a unique setting, well-laid clues, and a final rewarding solution.
 

About Kristin Wolden Nitz

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Kristin Wolden Nitz is an avid sports fan, coach, and the author of many magazine articles on kids and sports. Nitz is the author of Suspect and Defending Irene, and has also written nonfiction books, including Play By Play Softball, Play By Play Track, and Play By Play Field. She lives in Michigan.
 
Published October 1, 2010 by Peachtree Publishers. 224 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Jen doesn’t want to spend her 17th summer working at her grandmother’s bed-and-breakfast inn, but her dad says she has to.

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Suspect is a young adult mystery novel.

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