by Maria Wells

Eddie Red, Undercover (HMH, $6.95)

I love a good museum mystery and author Marcia Wells delivers a fun, fast-paced adventure. I almost avoided reading it because I came across it while preparing my own museum-based mystery, Jada Sly, Artist & Spy (Little, Brown, $17.99), but I read the first few paragraphs and couldn’t resist. I’d been nursing the Jada idea for almost a decade and it’s markedly different from Wells’ book. I enjoyed seeing how she seamlessly blended art and action. Her series, three books so far, is a smart, funny and features a an African American protagonist who feels real and authentic. I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to reading the others.

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