This is a fun, Southern mystery for kids. It reminded me of "Moon over Manifest" but not historical, even though the modern-day references were few and it felt kind of historical/timeless. It's full of quirky characters and funny, small-town events. The mystery itself was a little weak to me. It seems unlikely that Lana could keep that secret from the Colonel all that time, and that Detective Starr could be so easily fooled. But those are probably picky, adult complaints that kids won't care about. A good suggestion for kids looking for a mystery.