The Name of the Game Was Murder

Written by Joan Lowery Nixon

Reviewed by Alyssa J. (age 11)

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In this mystery, a girl named Sam wants to visit her uncle, Augustus Trevor. He is having celebrities stay at his house; with him being and old grump he doesn?t want her to stay. Thea Trevor convinces her husband to let her stay. Augustus Trevor finds out about secrets in each guest?s life and threatens to show them to the whole world when he puts it into a manuscript. Augustus says he will not show that person?s secret to the world if they solve where the manuscript is hidden. Only one problem, that night Augustus was murdered! Who killed him? Sam has got to find the manuscript and discover who the murderer is before another person gets killed.

This book was awesome! The characters seemed so real. I was trying to find out who the murderer was. This story could be a real story. I loved this book; I love any kind of mystery books. My favorite part of the book was when Sam found out who the murderer was. It was cool knowing all the different secrets the celebrities have. I liked Sam, the main character. She is a good puzzle solver, she figured out where the manuscript was hidden. Sam saved the lives of all the other innocent people from the killer! There was a character that changed a lot in this story, his name was Alex. He changes from Mr. Nice Guy, to a really creepy person. This is not like any other book that I?ve read. It is unique and exciting! There are other books like this from the same author. One is The Weekend Was Murder. This book made me very excited. It was killing me because I wanted to find out who the murderer was.

I would gladly recommend this book to mystery lovers, or anyone who likes murder mysteries. If you like suspicious people and secrets that will shock you then this book is right for you.

Alyssa J. is a student in Mr. Perkins' 6th Grade Class
2002-2003