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The Mona Lisa is Missing!

(book fair edition)
Series: Choose Your Own Adventure (1979-1998) #76
Contained In: Choose Your Own Adventure Box Set (73-77) (Collection)
Translated Into: Mona Lisa ha desaparecido!, ¡La (Spanish)
La Mona Lisa ha desaparegut! (Catalan)
Author: Montgomery, Ramsey
Illustrators: Warhola, James (cover)
Vicente, Gonzalez (interior)
Release Date: February, 1983
ISBN: 0553270044 / 9780553270044
Length:118 pages
Number of Endings:22
User Summary: The Mona Lisa has been stolen, and the French authorities have asked you to help them find it.
Demian's Thoughts: I assume that Ramsey Montgomery is a relative of R. A. Montgomery; although this is not explicitly mentioned in the "about the author" section, the fact that he was college-aged when he wrote this book suggests that he was following in the footsteps of Andrea Packard. In any case, I found this adventure to be rather disappointing mishandling of the mystery genre. Theft of the Mona Lisa is hardly an original idea, and the author does little to make the storyline intriguing or to flesh out the various locations visited during the course of the tale. This essential lack of interesting writing is made worse by the book's interactivity. The reader is left in the background all too often, working from other people's clues and often stumbling upon the thieves only to be shoved aside so that the authorities can take care of things. Perhaps this is more realistic than usual for the series, but it doesn't make for very good reading. Without the feeling that the reader is actively solving a mystery, a book like this seems rather pointless.

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