Local bookstore worker solves mystery

Jennifer Minicus | 08 September 2015
A warm story about family and literary classics.

Soccer player solves murder mystery

Jennifer Minicus | 06 February 2015
Ingrid is an avid Sherlock Holmes fan.

Authors are noticing Reading Matters

Jennifer Minicus | 03 January 2015
Writer honors our request for a sequel.

Friendly ghosts

Jennifer Minicus | 03 October 2014
Toseland did not expect to find playmates in his great-grandmother's mansion.

Master of disguises

Jennifer Minicus | 29 September 2014
Max's reputation for solving mysteries grows.

Witness to murder

Jennifer Minicus | 12 September 2014
Can twelve-year-old Smith uncover the murderers' motives before becoming the next victim?

Exiles from Troy discover the New World

Jennifer Minicus | 27 August 2014
Mystery, humor and an endearing young sleuth.

Got a problem?

Jennifer Minicus | 29 April 2014
Max has the solution.

A book that became a TV series

Tim Golden | 30 March 2014
Who is George's real father?

Deathbed confession leads to mystery

Tim Golden | 20 December 2013
Brother Cadfael is on the case.

Reverse discrimination evident in children’s book

Jane Fagan | 21 November 2013
A terrible mixture of animals and feminism.

Mystery anyone?

Jane Fagan | 28 October 2013
Number one in a great new series.

A summer mystery

Kathleen Pacious | 06 August 2013
An entertaining portrayal of every child's desire to find and solve a mystery.

One of Amazon’s “Top 20” for 2013

Jennifer Minicus | 31 July 2013
Imagine growing up without a local public library.

The Adventures of Richard Hannay

Tim Golden | 16 April 2013
A quintessential spy story.

The Roman Mysteries Series

Tim Golden | 04 April 2013
Flavia is the daughter of a Roman captain.

Cam Jansen Mysteries

Emily Castilla | 26 February 2013
Three titles from a mystery series for beginner readers.

Malcolm at Midnight

Jennifer Minicus | 05 November 2012
Everyone thinks Malcolm the rat is a mouse.


Jennifer Minicus | 18 September 2012
Everyone knows the key to a great pie is the crust.

The Invisible Detective Series

Tim Golden | 13 September 2012
Another mystery in The Invisible Detective Series.

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