CM Review - Danger in Dead Man's Mine
Reviewed by: Elaine Fuhr
excerpt: 'The bump struck without warning, roaring down toward the entry from deep in the hill. The walls of the tunnel wrenched sideways. Heavy supporting beams splintered like kindling. The floor heaved. A curtain of black dust fell into the room. Then the rock stopped shifting, almost before John Walter had time to tell it had begun. Stumbling, he caught his breath and sucked in a cloud of powdered coal. Dave Glaze's interest in local history has led him to write another excellent novel in the 'Mackenzie Davis Files' series. Danger in Dead Man's Mine is the story of 12-year-old Mackenzie Davis and his visit to his aunt and uncle's home in Lethbridge. His aunt is pregnant and needs Mackenzie's mom's help. Mackenzie's uncle is ill, and his cousins, Francis, John Walter and Ruth, are doing their best to help. But Francis soon disappears, refusing to go to work in the mines, and though eight-year-old John Walter is very busy, he tries to keep Mackenzie entertained. Mackenzie learns to find his way around Lethbridge and the mining country surrounding the town. He also meets an interesting old seaman who plans to return to life on the water. Mackenzie soon realizes that this old man plays an important part in the mystery of Francis' disappearance. Then John Walter disappears, and Mackenzie must help to find him. He is the only one who has a clue as to what John Walter has been doing and where he might be found. He must piece together all of information he has been able to glean from the locals and find John Walter before it is too late. This story is not only an interesting tale but a concise picture of life in a mining town in the early 1900's. Highly Recommended. Elaine Fuhr, who lives in Alberta, is a retired teacher.