The Case of the Girl Who Didn’t Smile
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
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