If you’ve read my reviews of the previous Shirley link books: SL and the Safe Case and SL and the Hot Comic (which I reviewed on Goodreads, but seem to have missed on here), you’ll know I really enjoy this series by Ben Zackheim. That Ben is a fellow Bookelf came later, so there’s really no bias in that direction.
The third book sees Shirley and friends attempting to save a woman from eviction from her home. Shirley has already got a project on hand, which is to map the sewers of the town – without her parents finding out she’s found a way in. However when it seems there are clues to hidden treasure involving both the potentially homeless woman and Shirley’s own ancestry, how can she not step in and solve the case?
This is a really well-constructed puzzle, full of interesting titbits about art, gold, sewers and pirates. The discovery of the treasure is ingenious, and needs team work and trust, not to mention bravery and a good flashlight.
It’s got great pacing, and I really couldn’t put it down, although I had to, which made me continue puzzling over the plot until I could get back to it. Shirley’s best adventure to date, I think, although it’s hard to beat the first one! Great twists, great characters and pirate treasure! What more could one want?
I think I got a free copy of this from the author, but I’d pay good money for it… I think I already have for his new series, the Camelot Kids.