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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Cora Flash and the Diamond of Madagascar
by Tommy Davey

Publication: February 3, 2012
Pages: 164
Publisher: Brown Paw Press
Buy it: Amazon | Kindle | B&N | Book Depository

Eleven-year-old Cora Flash is ecstatic when she finally convinces her mom to let her take a train ride by herself to visit a relative in the mountains. Once on board, Cora meets a cast of intriguing characters, and stumbles upon her very own mystery: A valuable diamond has gone missing, and only one of her fellow travellers could have stolen it. It's up to our novice detective to solve the crime before the train reaches its destination – or the thief reaches Cora. This is the first book in the 'Cora Flash' series.

This is a really cheesy read. The characters talk really politely, and Cora is quickly accepted and treated like one of the adults. The smiles are cheesy, and the yelling and angriness that erupts after the diamond is found missing is really cheesy. Some of the things that take place are also borderline ubelievable. However, it all works out for this novel. As Cora mentions, trains remind you of the old movies where exciting, incredible things take place on trains, and the whole cheesiness lends to this aspect. Cora is an intelligent girl. She takes things into her own hands by attempting to solve the mystery of the missing diamond by herself, though there is an inspector working on the case.

Overall, this was a fun read. Cora Flash is a younger version of Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys and much more mischievous. Young readers will enjoy puzzling out the mystery of the missing Diamond of Madagascar along with her.

Want to win a $50 gift card or an autographed copy of Cora Flash and the Diamond of Madagascar?

There are two ways to enter...
  1. Leave a comment on my blog. One random commenter during this tour will win a $50 gift card. For the full list of participating blogs, visit the official Cora Flash tour page.

  2. Enter the Rafflecopter contest here!

Author Bio
Tommy Davey spent his youth writing mystery stories and plays, and watching reruns of Three's Company until every line of dialogue was permanently burned into his memory. When not writing, he enjoys traveling to favorite destinations including New York City and Paris, which he plans to feature in future stories. He lives in Toronto, where he was born and raised, with a Norfolk Terrier named Calvin. "Cora Flash and the Diamond of Madagascar" is his first novel. Connect with Tommy on his website, Facebook, Twitter, or GoodReads. Get Cora Flash and the Diamond of Madagascar on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

6 comments on "Cora Tour Stop + Giveaway"
  1. Haha, Kris, when I started reading, I was like, "Oh no, she hates it! She's going to blast this book!" But then I kept reading. I thought Cora was fun too and definitely perfect for the young readers it's targeted at. Thanks for being a part of this tour, and please take a moment to cross-post your review to Amazon and GoodReads. :-D

    1. Sorry about that. It was the only way I could think to start my review and get all my other thoughts in there in a way that flowed. This was such a fun read, and I'm glad to have had the opportunity to participate in the blog tour!

    2. I thought you hated it, too, but I do fully understand where you are coming from. Great job!

  2. Sounds like a really good book! Thanks for the chance to win!

  3. Great post, can't wait to read the book!

  4. Haha, it sounds like a great MG mystery book :D Thanks for the review!


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