Cold Flat Junction - Emma Graham, Bk 2 Author:Martha Grimes Obsessed with the "accidental" drowning of an adolescent girl some 40 long years ago, Emma Graham is determined to unravel the mystery of the drowning and the unsolved murders that wind back to it. But Emma's unstoppable quest for answers will take her to places no 12-year-old girl should go -- not even a child as daring, irrepress... more »ible, and intuitive as Emma. In the marvelously intriguing Cold Flat Junction, Martha Grimes's quirky, thoroughly captivating young heroine continues the pursuit she began in Hotel Paradise -- tracking down old secrets in the cobwebbed corners of a once-fashionable resort hotel in search of the long-buried truth about two mysterious deaths that will help her make sense of her own strange life.« less
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I have never been a huge fan of Martha Grimes, but this book completely changed my mind. It is a moving novel, which has a mystery at its heart but is really about the choices we make and their consequences. Grimes has an incredible ability to bring her child narrator Emma to vivid, contradictory, loveable life, while at the same time showing the viewer glimpses of adult conflict that Emma is only just beginning to understand. A wonderful read.
Emma Graham is one smart 12-yr-old but she doesn't flaunt it. She gets herself plunk right in the middle of a criminal investigation in which she is the only person who is thinking about what really happened. Before the crime is solved two old murders have joined the melee and Emma becomes the heroine of the moment.This is one of Martha Grimes best novels IMHO, you'll read it again and again.
This was slow getting started, but once it did, it drew me in and kept me wanting to find out what happens next. She's a different sort of writer than I'm used to, but the change was appreciated. I like the way she shares the inner thoughts of the character telling the story. She portrays the 12-year old girl well.