Sunday, 28 June 2015

A Pocketful Of Eyes by Lili Wilkinson (Book Review)

*All opinions expressed in this review are all my personal opinions which have not been influenced or paid for by any outside party.*
A Pocketful of Eyes by Lili Wilkinson
Published by: Allen & Unwin
Genres: YA, Mystery, Comedy/Humour
Star Rating: 4 out of 5
Pages: 311
Summary (from the back of the book):
Bee is in her element working in the taxidermy department at the Museum of Natural History, but her summer job turns out to be full of surprises: A dead body in the Red Rotunda. A mysterious benefactor. A large stuffed tiger in the Catacombs. A handsome boy with a fascination for unusual animal mating habits. And a pocketful of glass eyes.
 Can Bee sift through the clues to discover whether her mentor really committed suicide ... or is there a murderer in their midst?

I have always been a huge fan of mysteries, especially detective mysteries. From Agatha Christie's Miss Marple and Poirot to Nancy Drew and Sherlock Holmes, I am unable to resist the appeal of a good mystery. In my opinion, what makes a good mystery is a reliable and relatable narrator/main character. Wilkinson gives her protagonist, Beatrice May Ross, a strong voice that is humorous, relatable and trustworthy. Bee is one of those characters that, not only do you see as a close friend by the end of the book, but makes you want her to succeed.
The story follows Bee and Toby, who has an usual interest in animal mating habits, as they try to solve a mystery that nobody else seems to think needs solving at all. The story is light hearted, but still draws you in. Wilkinson is able to make you laugh while still being caught up in the suspense of the novel, which I personally found as quite a unique and alluring quality.
The biggest positive to this book is how real the characters feel as you progress through the story. This novel is not short of quirky characters, and getting to know more about them is almost as thrilling as the mystery itself. Wilkinson shows 'Geek' in a whole new light, that is not only positive, but also enviable and respected.
Not only did I enjoy this novel, but I was also able to learn a few interesting facts that I can honestly say have never come up in my many years of education. For example, "Did you know,... that necrophilia wasn't a crime in the US until 1965?". Since reading this novel I have found myself googling the mating habits of snails, and also using the very helpful life tip of asking myself "WWPD?" or "What Would Poirot Do?".
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, and cannot wait to read the authors other published works. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone that is looking for something that is light-hearted and witty, but without the loss of a striking plot with plenty of excitement and plot twists.

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