My rating: ★★★☆☆
Now that’s more like it! This installment brings back the Ron Roy plots I recognize: an enjoyable if simplistic mystery aimed at children and utterly devoid of any inexplicable science fiction elements. It’s also the installment that sets the Capital Mysteries series up on the path it’ll follow through the subsequent books.
In The Skeleton in the Smithsonian, a man named Leonard Fisher and his attorney, Mr. A. C. Rook (ain’t it punny, guys? …guys?), claim that Fisher has recently discovered himself to be the long lost heir of James Smithson. Now Fisher is claiming that as Smithson’s heir, the fortune–and, by extension, the Smithsonian itself–belongs to him.
It’s a simple mystery for early readers, a return to the tried and true formula of the A to Z Mysteries series with the added bonus of introducing the USA capitol to children. Over the course of the rest of the series, Ron Roy will introduce the Smithsonian, the Lincoln Memorial, the D.C. headquarters of the FBI, the Treasury, the Washington Monument, the National Zoo, Monticello, Camp David, the Metro, and the National Mall. (So far!)
See the entire series here.