Bill Thompson
February 7th, 2011

The problem when you’re an author renowned for an ongoing series of mysteries is that, as Martha Grimes puts it, everything you write is marketed as a mystery, even when there is nothing in a particular book to indicate a mystery.

That may be why some readers seem uncertain of how to respond to Grimes’ novel “Fadeaway Girl.” It is not a mystery, she says, but simply a story told through the eyes of a 12-year-old girl named Emma.

We last read about Emma in 2005′s “Belle Ruin” – this book directly follows that one, as Emma appoints herself to investigate a 20-year-od kidnapping case that may remind you of the Lindbergh case. Emma’s effort is propelled forward by the unexpected reappearance of a key figure in the case, but her inquisitiveness doesn’t always work in her favor.

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