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Traces: Framed! (Traces: Luke Harding, Forensic Investigator) Paperback – 21 Feb 2005
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CSI meets SciFi a deft, smart mix of murder, mystery and future mayhem. -- Graham Marks - Children's Editor, Publishing News
This is fast-moving storytelling in true thriller tradition, with enough subtext to leave a perceptive reader thinking. -- Jan Marks, Times Educational Supplement, March 4th 2005
About the Author
Malcolm Rose has written 22 novels for older children. A former professor of chemistry, he is a well-known crime and thriller writer. Malcolm has won many awards over the years including the Angus Book Award (Tunnel Vision) and the Lancashire Book of the Year Award 2001 (Plague). He has also been included several times in the annual Book Trust 100 best books for children. In the US he was shortlisted for the prestigious Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award (The Highest Form of Killing) in the category of best novel for young persons. Malcolm lives in Sheffield.
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It's about this 16 year old guy, called Luke Harding, who is a forensic investigator. And he has this little robot mobile thing called Malc which is incredibly helpful. but basically they solve all these murders! its a great Who-Dunnit, but even if you are hopeless, its a great read anyway!
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In fact, this is the first mystery book that I have actually enjoyed.
I enjoyed the book. Malcom Rose is clearly qualified to write the book, as he is a forensic teacher. The scientific facts are laced masterfully with an entertaining story. The only thing that the story lacks is character emotions. Though the development is fine, and we know exactly the disposition of each character, the feelings of the character leave a bit to be desired. All in all, the book is very good and certainly worth reading.
Reviewed by a student reviewer for Flamingnet Book Reviews
Preteen, teen, and young adult book reviews and recommendations
Framed! manages to mix together teen angst and a murder mystery, all within a greater setting of a not-quite-ideal future. While the mystery isn't very complex and is more police-procedural than a typical "sleuthing" mystery, the book still deals with the human emotions and urges which motivate all crimes. Malcolm Rose also introduces the underlying tension of such a society, in which a person's life is ruled by a severe set of rules; Luke, though a part of that system, has a rebellious side which provokes him to question those rules and the system which governs them. The most frustrating, yet intelligent part of the book is the fact that we, the reader, don't know exactly when all this action is taking place. No specific year is given and no explanation is laid out for why things are the way they are: why London is now a semi-abandoned town full of bandits and the south of England is considered almost uninhabitable; why the north of England is the center of all learning and enlightenment. All the answers to those questions are left up to the reader to decide, which adds an almost "Choose Your Own Adventure" flavor to the story. I'll state the obvious here: I'm neither the sex nor the age group this book is aimed at, yet I enjoyed it all the same, and I don't feel ashamed about that.
BY: Luke Hayden
A young boy stands alone in the middle of an archery range waiting for one person. He look's over to his left, then to his right. He hears a low whistle and then feels a sharp pain in his chest. He looks down and sees an arrow in his chest. He utters a low moan and then drops dead.
When there's a mystery to solve the Authorities send in the best, Forensic investigator Luke Harding. Luke is sent in to investigate the death of one of the boys at his school. With Malc, Luke's Mobil aid to law and crime, he can check any crime scene for clues. With the Authorities breathing down his neck, Luke is running out of time. He needs to find out who did this and quick. But as Luke finds more and more about the killing he soon realizes that everything is not what it seems.
The Traces series are awesome mystery books. I literally can't put it down. It had me guessing for a long time who killer is. I was totally absorbed in by this amazing plot twisting series. I'm now gleefully reading the next Traces book.
I ended up trying to skip classes to read this book. I hope he comes out with many more stories.
I would recommend this book to any of you who love mysteries with some journey. If you like problems you should adore this book.