After Dark with Roxie Clark

Bloomsbury. Oct. 2022. 352p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781547606146.
Gr 8 Up–The women in the Clark family are cursed; except for her sister and her grandma, all of Roxie Clark’s female relatives have met an untimely demise. Roxie has made the macabre her hobby, passion, and part-time job. She has embraced her family’s grim history and created an elaborate ghost tour that earns her a bit of extra cash during the Halloween season. She’s even added a tour bus. Meanwhile, there is a fresh murder in town. Her sister’s ex-boyfriend has turned up dead, and suspicions abound as to who may have done the dastardly deed. As all eyes look toward the recently released local felon, a second body is discovered. A tame romantic subplot helps the story clip along as Roxie finds herself dividing loyalties between her sister and her best friend–turned-crush. A presumably all-white cast is featured. The ghost tour is so well-painted that readers would eagerly hand over the money to be included on the next trip.
VERDICT Suspending disbelief about a teen’s ability to conduct a thorough murder investigation, readers will enjoy this solid mystery with a satisfying resolution; the ghost stories are great.

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