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Every breath
Marney, Ellie, author.
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Publication Information:
Toronto, Ontario : Tundra Books, 2014.
Physical Description:
341 pages ; 22 cm
Rachel Watts is an unwilling new arrival to Melbourne from the country. James Mycroft is her neighbour, an intriguingly troubled seventeen-year-old genius with a passion for forensics. Despite her misgivings, Rachel finds herself unable to resist Mycroft when he wants her help investigating a murder. And when Watts and Mycroft follow a trail to the cold-blooded killer, they find themselves in the lion's den - literally. A night at the zoo will never have quite the same meaning again.
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Reprint. Originally published: Sydney : Allen & Unwin, 2013.
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When James Mycroft drags Rachel Watts off on a night mission to the Melbourne Zoo, the last thing she expects to find is the mutilated body of Homeless Dave, one of Mycroft's numerous eccentric friends. But Mycroft's passion for forensics leads him to realize that something about the scene isn't right--and he wants Watts to help him investigate the murder.

nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;While Watts battles her attraction to bad-boy Mycroft, he's busy getting himself expelled and clashing with the police, becoming murder suspect number one. When Watts and Mycroft unknowingly reveal too much to the cold-blooded killer, they find themselves in the lion's den--literally. A trip to the zoo will never have quite the same meaning to Rachel Watts again...

Author Notes

Ellie Marney is the author of Every Word which won a Davitt Awards 2015 in the category of Young Adult Novel.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

James Mycroft is about the last person Rachel should be getting close to. Immensely troubled and constantly suspended, he is obsessed with forensics and considers himself an amateur Sherlock Holmes. When Homeless Dave, a local man befriended by the teens, turns up murdered, Mycroft is determined to solve the case, but he needs Rachel's help to do it. It isn't until Mycroft is arrested as a suspect that Rachel realizes that she might be in too deep to get herself out. This fast-paced mystery can feel crowded at times, but fans of the genre will appreciate the many twists and turns that come before the final show-stopping reveal. Some readers may struggle to decipher the heavy Australian slang, but the Melbourne setting is vividly conveyed, including a realistically diverse cast of teens and adults. Strength of family and friends is a strong underlying theme, and the romantic tension between Rachel and Mycroft sizzles on the pages. Inventive and unusual, this will appeal to readers with a taste for darker stories.--Hayes, Summer Copyright 2014 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-Seventeen-year-old neighbors Rachel Watts and James Mycroft find the murdered body of a homeless man they know. Mycroft is convinced that there is more to the murder than the police believe and persuades Watts to help him investigate. This story is, in part, a homage to Sherlock Holmes and follows all the traditions of a whodunit. However, it's also a tale of a friendship and developing romance of two grieving teenagers. Rachel hates the city of Melbourne and longs for her family's outback farm, lost to foreclosure. Mycroft lives with an uncaring aunt and is still suffering from the loss of his parents in a car crash. The book begins with the aftermath of a fight-Watts and friend Mai mopping up Mycroft's blood. It is a little confusing, as the fight is detailed, schoolteachers and main characters are introduced, and Mycroft comes off as a smart mouth. However, the author develops the characters into authentic, sympathetic individuals while keeping the mystery sustained and the plot moving forward. Somewhat graphic descriptions of the murdered body, swearing, and a subplot of child's sexual abuse make this a novel aimed at older teens. This is a well-written novel that should satisfy confident, thoughtful readers who don't mind Australian slang and brand names.-Michelle Anderson, Tauranga City Libraries, New Zealand (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.