Invisible Boy by Cornelia Read is the third book in “Madeline Dare” mystery series. Publisher: Grand Central Publishing, March 2010

The smart-mouthed but sensitive runaway socialite Madeline Dare is shocked when she discovers the skeleton of a brutalized three-year-old boy in her own weed-ridden family cemetery outside Manhattan. Determined to see that justice is served, she finds herself examining her own troubled personal history, and the sometimes hidden, sometimes all-too-public class and racial warfare that penetrates every level of society in the savage streets of New York City during the early 1990s.

Madeline is aided in her efforts by a colorful assemblage of friends, relatives, and new acquaintances, each one representing a separate strand of the patchwork mosaic city politicians like to brag about. The result is an unforgettable narrative that relates the causes and consequences of a vicious crime to the wider relationships that connect and divide us all.

This was a very enjoyable mystery. I love Madeline and her actions when she follows her heart to do the right thing for the lost boy. I love the characters and the tone of the story and plan to read the first two books in the series. My rating: 4 stars

*new-to-me author

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