Archive for December, 2010

Martha’s fans talk about what they like most about her books

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010
Tuesday,
February 8
Barnes & Noble, 7:00 p.m.
7700 West Northwest Hwy
Dallas, TX 75225
(214) 739-1124
Thursday,
February 10
Savannah College of Art and Design, 6:30 p.m.
Events Space C, Fourth Floor
1600 Peachtree St. Atlanta, Georgia 30357
(877) 722-3285
Tuesday,
February 15
Brookline Booksmith, 7:00 p.m.
279 Harvard Street
Brookline, MA 02446-2908
(617) 566-6660
Thursday,
February 17
Union League of Chicago, 11:30 a.m.
Chicago, IL 60604-3598
(312) 427-7800
Thursday,
February 17
The Book Stall at 7:00 p.m.
811 Elm St, Winnetka, IL 60093.
847-446-8880
Wednesday,
February 23
Border’s Books, 7:30 p.m.
5871 Crossroads Center Way,
Baileys Crossroads, VA 22041
703-998-0404

Reviews and Interviews for Fadeaway Girl

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Kirkus review of FADEAWAY GIRL
Author: Grimes, Martha

The latest installment in the endless carnival of crime at sleepy La Porte, Md., involves still another return to the storied past.

Now that she’s untangled the mystery of exactly which members of the Queen family killed which other members (Cold Flat Junction, 2001), Belle Ruin waitress/cub reporter Emma Graham, 12, is confronted by an even more vexing case: the disappearance 20 years ago of Baby Fay from the loving embrace of Morris and Imogen Slade. Or not exactly, since the infant was being minded, not very vigilantly, by babysitter Gloria Spiker, who returned from an extended phone conversation with Prunella Rice to find her charge gone.

The setup echoed that of the famous Lindbergh kidnapping, right down to the telltale ladder, but there was never a ransom demand, and never a sign of Baby Fay since then. Rumor has long maintained that Imogen’s father, Lucien Woodruff, kept the police investigation at bay for the first crucial hours, presumably in order to conceal some family secret. Now Emma, provoked alike by kleptomaniac spinster Isabel Barnett’s claim to have seen Baby Fay after the abduction and the recent return of Morris Slade to town, is determined to get at the truth.

Other 12-year-olds would be daunted, but Emma, who’s already confronted armed killers and survived her brother’s production of Medea, the Musical, methodically begins interviewing possible suspects, who just happen to be her friends and neighbors, and pondering possibilities. Is Baby Fay still alive, or was she killed in the course of the kidnapping, like the Lindbergh child? Did the kidnappers somehow lose her? Was she a changeling whose fate was intertwined with that of some other baby, or a hallucination of Isabel Barnett’s? Was there a conspiracy to cover up the real facts of her disappearance? In fact, how many people actually saw her at Belle Ruin?

Emma is as enchanting as the eccentric cast of her hometown.