Review! Ghosts of Belle Isle by Steven K. Smith

12 Jan

snithGhosts of Belle Isle – The Virginian Mysteries Book 3

By Steven K. Smith

228 pages – ages 7+
Published by MyBoys3 Press on October 9, 2014

Synopsis- Derek and Sam are back, along with Sam’s friend Caitlin. Derek and Sam’s parents are going to Paris on a honeymoon (in the last book, they redid their marriage vows), and they left a college-aged cousin in charge of them for the time-being. The cousin turns out to be a terrible chaperone (she’s more interested in her boyfriend). But she lets them do whatever (that’s part of the ‘only caring about her boyfriend’ thing). After hearing a ghost story from an older neighbor, Derek and Sam go to Belle Isle. They see a ghost drawn on the wall of a run-down factory, and hear strange voices. Altogether, very creepy. Add in a biker gang led by Mad Dog DeWitt that has a secret hideout in the factory. Will the kids figure out what’s going on with the biker gang and the ghosts?

What I Liked- This is a great addition to The Virginia Mysteries series. Mr. Smith really knows how to write a fun mystery. He puts in some thrilling parts, but still keeps it age-appropriate for his readers. Derek and Sam have a “normal” sibling relationship, which led to some humor in the book. The writing style is very good. I like how they go throughout Richmond, Virginia and see the historical sites. The reader thus learns some things about the Civil War in a fun way. This series is a perfect example of how small publisher/indie authors can turn out great books. I really hope that there is another book in this fun series!

I give this book 5 out of 5 bookworms!fivebooks

19 Responses to “Review! Ghosts of Belle Isle by Steven K. Smith”

  1. rnewman504 January 12, 2015 at 9:36 am #

    Terrific review, Erik! I’ll add this one to my list. And here, here for independent publishers. 🙂


  2. Patricia Tilton January 12, 2015 at 10:25 am #

    Really enjoyed your review — remember your other review on this series. You must really enjoy the author’s mysteries. I keep wondering if it is the same famous Belle Isle off SC, or is fictitious.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks January 12, 2015 at 4:22 pm #

      I believe it is a Belle Isle near Richmond, VA, but I don’t know if it is fictitious. Apparently there is a museum there.
      It’s still a great book. 🙂


  3. Catherine Johnson January 12, 2015 at 11:15 am #

    Ooh exciting!


  4. Darlene January 12, 2015 at 2:50 pm #

    I´m pleased to see this has become a series. When readers come to like the main characters, they want to read more about them.


  5. Michelle Isenhoff January 12, 2015 at 3:54 pm #

    Ghosts, mystery, history, and a great cover image. I’m sold!


  6. heylookawriterfellow January 13, 2015 at 9:49 am #

    Sigh. Another book to add to my embarrassingly tall reading pile.

    Slow down, kid!


  7. readingwithrhythm January 13, 2015 at 9:34 pm #

    Another great review! You seem to read some good ones Erik!! 🙂


  8. macjam47 January 14, 2015 at 9:31 am #

    Fantastic review! You read some great books.


  9. writersideup January 18, 2015 at 2:38 pm #

    I’m not really one for ghost stories, but I love the cover 🙂


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