Review! Ghosts of Belle Isle by Steven K. Smith

snithGhosts of Belle Isle – The Virginian Mysteries Book 3

By Steven K. Smith

228 pages – ages 7+
Published by MyBoys3 Press on October 9, 2014

Synopsis- Derek and Sam are back, along with Sam’s friend Caitlin. Derek and Sam’s parents are going to Paris on a honeymoon (in the last book, they redid their marriage vows), and they left a college-aged cousin in charge of them for the time-being. The cousin turns out to be a terrible chaperone (she’s more interested in her boyfriend). But she lets them do whatever (that’s part of the ‘only caring about her boyfriend’ thing). After hearing a ghost story from an older neighbor, Derek and Sam go to Belle Isle. They see a ghost drawn on the wall of a run-down factory, and hear strange voices. Altogether, very creepy. Add in a biker gang led by Mad Dog DeWitt that has a secret hideout in the factory. Will the kids figure out what’s going on with the biker gang and the ghosts?

What I Liked- This is a great addition to The Virginia Mysteries series. Mr. Smith really knows how to write a fun mystery. He puts in some thrilling parts, but still keeps it age-appropriate for his readers. Derek and Sam have a “normal” sibling relationship, which led to some humor in the book. The writing style is very good. I like how they go throughout Richmond, Virginia and see the historical sites. The reader thus learns some things about the Civil War in a fun way. This series is a perfect example of how small publisher/indie authors can turn out great books. I really hope that there is another book in this fun series!

I give this book 5 out of 5 bookworms!fivebooks

Categories: Age 6-9

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19 replies

  1. Terrific review, Erik! I’ll add this one to my list. And here, here for independent publishers. 🙂

  2. Really enjoyed your review — remember your other review on this series. You must really enjoy the author’s mysteries. I keep wondering if it is the same famous Belle Isle off SC, or is fictitious.

  3. I´m pleased to see this has become a series. When readers come to like the main characters, they want to read more about them.

  4. Ghosts, mystery, history, and a great cover image. I’m sold!

  5. Sigh. Another book to add to my embarrassingly tall reading pile.

    Slow down, kid!

  6. Another great review! You seem to read some good ones Erik!! 🙂

  7. Fantastic review! You read some great books.

  8. I’m not really one for ghost stories, but I love the cover 🙂

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