Reviews for Egypt's fire

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Framed for the theft of a billion-dollar ruby, an 11 1/2-year-old orphan hooks up with the World’s Greatest Detective to collar the perp. In a tale for which the word madcap might have been invented, hardly has John Boarhog awakened in a gallery of the fictional New York Museum of Natural History with what seems to be a very large gem in his pocket, than he’s cast into a whirl of unlikely encounters and mishaps in pursuit of the world’s greatest thief, the Mauve Moth—who might or might not, he is shocked to learn, be his beloved, long-missing mom! In the course of a plot that careens from the city jail to the observation deck of the Chrysler Building, climaxing with a chase through Manhattan involving a banana truck, a rickshaw, a horse-drawn carriage, a dog, a motorcycle, a police horse, and a fire truck, the plucky preteen meets a gaggle of (mostly) allies led by genial if maddeningly oblique Society of Sleuths investigator Toadius McGee…an oddly large number of whom confess to being ex-members of a certain defunct circus with a tragic past that will no doubt be articulated in future episodes. Along with proving to be a resilient sort, John turns out to be no mean detective himself and, by the end, proudly sports a probationary S.O.S. badge of his own. John, Toadius, and other significant characters have brown skin. A brisk romp chock-full of tricky twists and daffy doings. (Detective fiction. 10-13) Copyright © Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.