Mystery of the Counterfeit Money: A Review

Mystery of the Counterfeit Money is the third mystery that crime-solving team Jack and Jenny Carlton embark on in this fictional mystery book by Anthony Bollback.

This exciting story takes place in mysterious Hong Kong at the time of the Chinese New Year. If you are interested in mysteries, or counterfeit money, this is a fun book for you and your kids.

The Carlton family have been invited by their friends, Ruth and Tim Chen, to come and celebrate with them, but much to Jack and Jenny’s surprise, another mystery turns up in Hong Kong, and they land right in the middle of the Mystery of Counterfeit Money.

Anthony Bollback’­s talent for weaving a tale of intrigue captures young reader’s imagination from the very first page, which makes this book one of his most exciting mysteries yet.

As in the first two mysteries, Bollback skillfully includes the Carlton’s strong Christian beliefs along with the exciting exploits of the twins, which leads to a very important decision in the third book.

Strong Christian principles make this wholesome read suitable for any child aged 9 to 14.

The Mystery of the Counterfeit Money is filled with excitement, great escapes, some bad news, and of course, mystery. This book and the other mysteries in the series are suggested for ages 9-14, but even some adults may find it intriguing and it would be great to share as a family with children in the younger end of that age range.

The previous Jack and Jenny Mystery books by Anthony Bollback are, Smugglers in Hong Kong and Capture of the Twin Dragon.

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Mystery of the Counterfeit Money


Book Review: Ghost from the Past: A Romantic Thriller by Sorcha Macmurrough

5.0 out of 5 stars Vulnerable and Betrayed

I really loved the dark, scarred, brooding hero in this gripping book. The hero’s major issues with the heroine make him oscillate between him being made to believe, by the agents pulling his strings, that his former fiancee had betrayed him and tried to murder him, versus trusting to love amid the most dire situation they have suddenly found themselves in.
Surrounded by double agents, and convinced she isn’t telling him the whole story, he is constantly being forced to choose between love of country and duty, and the woman he has never forgotten, or never stopped loving, even after all those years, and all the things she’s been accused of.

In the end, the bad guys are exposed for who they really are, but it is certainly a game of cat and mouse.

As for the writing, the characters are strong enough to keep the pages turning, and the plot, based on chemical weapons, is a topical one, though it was written long before 9/11.

This is far better than the absurd puerile Plum novels, which are wooden and one note, or some of the top names on the bestseller’s lists-that one about the killer dolphins a couple of years ago was so bad, Fatal Tide, it was laughable were it not for the hefty price tag attached to any of these books.

The setting, the Pacific Northwest, Portland, Oregon, in fact, is depicted so clearly I feel like I am right in the middle of the action.

For an author who specializes in British historical fiction, (which I have read, and LOVED!!!) this is an excellent effort at the popular US romantic suspense genre. Enjoy!

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