By Susan Hughes, Kids Can Press, $17.95, 88 pages
Imagine an unsolved mystery from long ago. Imagine researchers saying they were done investigating…case closed. But was it really closed? With the technology available in today’s world we have the opportunity to reopen those cases and reevaluate them. This process is what Susan Hughes writes about in Case Closed? Nine Mysteries Unlocked by Modern Science. Each of the nine mystery cases follows the same format. Readers are introduced to the historical file to find out the who, where, what, why, and how of the case. Next, readers meet the investigators. They may be archeologists, glaciologists, anthropologists, or historians. These men and women are part of the case team. Next, readers examine the new tools and technology the team will use to solve the case. Finally, it is time for the experts to look at the data, figure out what technology tells them, and then draw a conclusion. Can the case be solved? Does a new mystery arise? Can we really say case closed to any of them? Help solve the mysterious cases of the missing mummy, the missing city, and the missing mountain climber who was last seen on Mount Everest. Get out your magnifying glass and get ready to close some cases!
Reviewed by Kathryn Franklin