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Belle Ruin (Emma Graham, Bk 3)  (Audio CD) (Unabridged)
Belle Ruin - Emma Graham, Bk 3 - Audio CD - Unabridged
Author: Martha Grimes, Kim Mai Guest (Narrator)
When twelve-year-old Emma Graham, a waitress at her mother's decaying resort hotel and now the youngest cub reporter in the history of La Porte's Conservative newspaper, discovers the crumbling shell of a fabulous hotel hidden in the woods near her small town of Spirit Lake, she never imagines that the mysteries it holds will bring her o...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780143058304
ISBN-10: 0143058304
Publication Date: 8/18/2005
Edition: Unabridged
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3.5 stars, based on 19 ratings
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Book Type: Audio CD
Other Versions: Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
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reviewed Belle Ruin (Emma Graham, Bk 3) (Audio CD) (Unabridged) on + 13 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
Grimes' writing takes you right there. You feel like you're right there with the main characters. It was fun to hunt for the truth with the main character.
reviewed Belle Ruin (Emma Graham, Bk 3) (Audio CD) (Unabridged) on + 32 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
This is the story of 12-year-old Emma Graham, who is the waitress at her mother's decaying resort hotel. She's always looking to solve mysteries, and sometimes invents clues in her eagerness, but when she comes upon a crumbling shell of another hotel--a fabulous, once-ritzy hotel--hidden in the woods near her little town of Spirit Lake, she has beaucoups of REAL mysteries to solve. One is a crime committed 40 years ago, and some are family secrets that others would prefer left unearthed--so to speak!

Emma is a spunky girl, and she has a difficult life, but she "rises above", as we say in the South, with help from her varied friends around the hotel and in her town.
The ending is a great surprise--both 'great' as in 'huge', and 'great' as in 'terrific'. :>)
reviewed Belle Ruin (Emma Graham, Bk 3) (Audio CD) (Unabridged) on + 20 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Another mystery involving preteen Emma. This character is delightful, as she navigates her unusual world, waitressing in a rundown hotel, carrying on her rivalry with her annoying pseudo step-sister, and making friends with interesting people all over the county.
This book, though , was somewhat disappointing, as at the end we were still wondering about the mystery and I thought it would be solved by the end.

I love Grimes' writing, and following Emma on her peregrinations, so I will wait for the next installment.
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reviewed Belle Ruin (Emma Graham, Bk 3) (Audio CD) (Unabridged) on
A good rambling down-south book. The author does a good job of painting verbal pictures. An interesting cast of characters, and told from a very intelligent 12 year old's point of view, which added some humor to the story.

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