CM . . . . Volume XVIII Number 39 . . . . June 8, 2012
Max and Alison are never far when strange things happen. It’s not that they’re troublemakers; they love to stick their noses into other people’s business, welcome or not, but only to ensure justice is done! No one in Whispering Meadows minds the meddling duo, unless he or she has been up to mischief. There isn’t a case Max and Alison can’t solve. Whether it’s cheating gamers, spoiled birthday plans, or seemingly spontaneous purple pool water, Max and Alison resist jumping to conclusions and search out the guilty parties, no matter how carefully they have covered their tracks.
Before any cases are tackled, 15 characters, including Max and Alison, are introduced in the “Top Secret Character Lineup” which provides name, occupation (including detective, magician, and ‘usual suspect’ among others), and where they can usually be found. After these short introductions, Max and Alison are on to their first case. Readers need to pay extremely close attention in order to find all of the clues as the person who looks most guilty is not always so in the end. The facts used to single out the guilty party are explained at the end of each mystery. Finding the culprit sometimes depends on the smallest detail in one panel of a comic. Cases can be pretty tough! Readers must pay close attention in order to solve a case, but they will never be left wondering who was guilty in the end as Max and Alison leave no details out.
Crystal Sutherland is resource librarian at the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women, an arms-length government agency created to educate the public and advise the provincial government on issues affecting women.
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