Book Review: The Mysterious Mr. Whistler (The Ragamuffin Sisters) by Anita Higman, Hillary McMullen

Book Review: The Mysterious Mr. Whistler (The Ragamuffin Sisters) by Anita Higman, Hillary McMullenThe Mysterious Mr. Whistler (The Ragamuffin Sisters) by Anita Higman, Hillary McMullen
Narrator: Michelle Babb
Series: The Ragamuffin Sisters #1
Published by Armonia Publishing on 11-20-17
Genres: Cozy Mystery, Mystery
Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Narrator
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Overal Rating: five-stars

What happens when four creative, slightly brilliant, misfit girls team up against a gang of bullies?

That's right. Danger, chaos, and more adventure than any middle school girl should be faced with in a lifetime!

When Jane, Elle, Dakota and Sketti band together to face The Thickheads, they land themselves in the midst of a murder-mystery that none of them is prepared to deal with. And when The Thickheads get involved, lines are drawn and accusations are flung.

But when the two opposing groups join forces, they learn that together, they can mend fences and face the giants.

This must-read, laugh-out-loud, coming-of-age mystery is a must-read for anyone who's ever felt like a misfit, anyone who's ever been bullied, or anyone who's ever felt like they were on the outside looking in.

The Ragamuffin sisters are four friends, outcasts, that are in an eternal war with a group of boys whom they call the Thick Heads. Among the pranks to each other, one of the town inhabitants dies at the ravine where there seems to be a toxic substance of unknown origin. This seems to be a case for the Ragamuffing sisters!

Despite the fact that this book seems to be written for pre-teens, I throughly enjoyed it. The four girls are richly described and each one has a distinctive personality. It was easy to connect to them, share their fears and be glad at their successes.

I really like cozy mysteries, but something that bothers me sometimes is the fact that they need to include romance. This is not the case, since the characters are much too young for that, and I have to say that I found it quite refreshing.

The mystery part takes some time to start, but I don’t think we can say the book starts slow, as the authors take the needed time to present each character and the group dynamics. The war between the girls and the boys was quite funny, even though the pranks were the typical ones seen in other books or movies.

My main reason to have listened to this book is that it is narrated by the wonderful Michelle Babb, and I am glad I did, since otherwise I would have missed a great story. Michelle has a unique talent to narrate books. When I’m listening to her I have the feeling that she is telling me a story, instead of reading it, and she brings the characters to life with different inflections and styles for each one. Her way of narrating traps you in such a way that any book narrated by her automatically becomes a “page turner”. Babb is my top 1 female narrator.

I hope we can enjoy future adventures with the Ragamuffin Sisters and the Thick Heads. This book left me wanting for more.

I received a copy of this book in audio format from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.
Story (Plot)
five-stars
Narration
five-stars
Overall: five-stars

My name is Elena. Since I was a little child I loved science fiction and fantasy, and I can’t resist to a good novel. In 2015, while wait I started to listen to audiobooks and I discovered the pleasure in being able to read while doing my daily tasks, so there’s always an audiobook playing on my phone. If you see me with my Bluetooth headphones on, please be gentle, I get easily startled.

I live with my boyfriend, which I met during my six year stay in Belgium, two cockatiels, five lovebirds, and two Gouldian finches in Madrid, Spain; and I like to spend my free time knitting and sewing while listening to audiobooks.

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