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The Case of the Girl Who Didn’t Smile

By  Georgann Prochaska

2015

Reviewed by Angie Mangino

Rating: 5 stars

 

“In the spring of 1967 trembling fingers folded and rolled pages of a diary into a tight cylindrical wad and carefully pushed it into the arm hole of a naked Toni doll, the rubber band stretched almost to breaking.”

 

Such begins The Case of the Girl Who Didn’t Smile.

 

“Forty-six years later caring fingers of a grandmother unwrapped the doll, an e-Bay purchase for her granddaughter.”

 

Lena discovers the lump of paper in it, reads the child’s diary, and immediately calls her friend Alice. The two retired widows decide to take a road trip, determined to unravel the mystery uncovered.

 

The author writes an exceptional story, with a perfect combination of compassion and humor, and with just the right amount of mystery and potential danger.

 

Readers will experience the adventure along with Lena and Alice through the author’s use of excellent description and realistic dialogue that will have them turning each page absorbed until the very satisfying conclusion.