Enchantment Lake: A Northwoods Mystery by Margi Preus

Title:  Enchantment Lake: A Northwoods Mystery Author:  Margi Preus Publisher:  University of Minnesota Press Publication date:  March 15, 2015 Acquired via:  NetGalley and University of Minnesota Press
Title: Enchantment Lake: A Northwoods Mystery
Author: Margi Preus
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publication date: March 15, 2015
Acquired via: NetGalley and University of Minnesota Press

While auditioning in New York, aspiring actress Francie receives a distressing call from her two aunts, Jeannette and Astrid, and rushes to their aid, travelling to the remote Northwoods of Minnesota. Once she reaches their sleepy little town on the shores of Enchantment Lake, Francie soon discovers that the inhabitants are mysteriously dying, seemingly by accident and/or natural causes.

In the course of her investigations, Francie uncovers a potential real estate scam, construction plans for a new access road, and learns of the legendary treasure buried under Enchantment Lake. Are all these discoveries related and what, if any, is the connection to the accidents? More importantly are the deaths really accidental or are more sinister forces at work?

Reminiscent of the classic Nancy Drew mysteries of my youth, Enchantment Lake offers a quirky take on the murder mystery genre, featuring a strong seventeen year old heroine and a cast of strange and eccentric characters. Although more appropriate for the middle school crowd (10-12 years of age) than the young adult group it is being marketed for, Margi Preus has written a cute, original and entertaining read.  As an adult reader, this didn’t particularly hold my interest, but I can easily imagine the tween girls enjoying Enchantment Lake, with it’s gorgeous cover and appealing mix of mystery, humour and touch of romance.

Thank you to NetGalley and University of Minnesota Press for providing me with an Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for an honest review.

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