Review: A Matter of Justice – Steve Alcorn


 Paperback: 164 pages
Publisher: Mundania Press LLC; 1st Hardcover Ed edition (July 14, 2003)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1594260036
ISBN-13: 978-1594260032
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Dani Deucer
Mott Simon

An abusive man in a small town is murdered. 12 year old Dani Deucer and her family are spending their time their on vacation. she becomes convinced that Mott, the man accused, is innocent. She has always been fascinated with the novel To Kill a Mockingbird and the way it deals with justice. She fancies herself a detective, and even orders a book in the mail on how to be a detective.

The story follows her around as she questions people, looks at the scene, and ultimately determines whether Mott truly killed the man. Along the way she and the reader learns a lesson in not judging others based on outward appearances.

I liked the story. It reminded me in a lot of ways of the Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew mysteries from my youth. I was able to be taught a bit by Mr. Acorn in a class he wrote on mysteries, and it was interesting to see how the stuff he taught was played out in practice.

I think this book would be appropriate for almost any age group. While the subject matter might be a little strong for pre-teen readers, there’s nothing very graphic about the murder itself, or the abuse. If you want to introduce your young ones to mysteries, then I think this would be a good choice.

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7 Responses to “Review: A Matter of Justice – Steve Alcorn”

  1. Michelle Pendleberry Brock Says:

    This sounds pretty good in a Nancy Drew kinda way. You think I’d like it?

  2. Rick Rhodes Says:

    Yeah, I think you probably would. I liked it, and I’m almost as old as you are. :-) It’s a fast to read book. If you have an e-reader it’s only about $3-4 also.

  3. Michelle Pendleberry Brock Says:

    Well I will have to get it then. And I believe you are about 6 months older than me old man. lol

  4. Stephanie Childers Davis Says:

    I love Nancy Drew…I had all the books at one time. I am going to collect them again for Micayla. I love Trixie Belden series too!

  5. Rick Rhodes Says:

    Michelle, if you order from B&N or Amazon and can go through the links I had, I get a small bit of the sale.

  6. Rick Rhodes Says:

    Stephanie, I think this would probably be good for Micayla’s age, though it does involve a murder, where none of the Nancy Drew did I think.

  7. Stephanie Childers Davis Says:

    No…though there was some kidnapping in them.