There were a lot of elements to the story, so there is something to keep everyone interested. I thought that the handling of the parents' divorce and Candice's feelings about not seeing one parent or the other was quite realistic and well done. I did sort of wish the grandmother were there to help with the mystery but not give too much away.
This was similar to Things Too Huge to Fix by Saying Sorry by Susan Vaught. The investigative process was similar, it involved civil rights, but the end of the mysteries were different, but The Parker Inheritance is a great book to hand to a reader who enjoyed that, or who has avidly gone through Draper's Stella by Starlight, Kidd's Night on Fire, or McKissack's A Friendship for Today.