In 1904 Loch Harbor, New Brunswick Suzanna “Zanna” Snow’s family manage the well-to-do Rosemount hotel. And though it’s her duty to help out with the rest of the family, Zanna dreams of being a world-class detective like her Uncle Bruce Snow from Boston.
She keeps an observational notebook about nearly everything of interest that goes on, but not much of interest does go on.
That is, until the sleepy little town is hit with a case of a missing girl – and Zanna is determined to help in the investigation! And she begins to think there's more going on that what may meet the eye. Problem is, by digging up clues and searching for leads, she’s also putting herself in danger.
She sure can't say life is boring now...
The Midnight Tunnel offers us a plucky, clumsy, very relatable heroine as we follow her in her seemingly ordinary life at the quiet hotel. She’s a mystery lover, a girl after my own heart, and extremely persistent. She’s met with underestimation due to her young age and gender, which makes her all the more root-worthy.
I found the book to have a nice, light, pleasant clue-finding tone. It was a tad slow at times, but always fun and full of eccentric guests, red herrings, and an eventual disillusionment that Zanna had to overcome.
It wasn’t as Agatha Christie-lite as I was hoping, but it was diverting just the same. I will be reading the next book in what may now be a series, The Mastermind Plot.