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Four fun investigators were called to solve a dangerous case of theft.

Dr. Thornsley was falsely accused of theft of the ancient urn, and he died in disgrace. His wife wanted to prove his innocence so she hired her neighbors, the four investigators twins Lanny and Lexi, Moki and Rani. And yeh adventure began.

My first book by author Sherril Joseph, was a fun filled ride. Though meant for middle grade kids, I enjoyed the way they investigated. There was an innocent thrill along with nostalgia while reading the book.

Multicultural and informative, the Egyptian mythology and characterization caught my interest. It was quite informative too. The style of writing was easy to read, and the capers were fun filled and quite adventurous. The descriptions of the neighborhood of Botanic Garden made the visual imagery of the setting vivid.

The only niggle I could think of that sometimes I felt the characters were a little older thank their thirteen years. They sounded mature at times.

Overall, filled with twists and adventures, this book was easily read in less than two hours. A fun read


13 year olds generally don’t wear a sari. It is our traditional style of clothing, but it is essentially a 5.5 meter length of cloth around 3 meter in width which has to be wrapped around the body along with a top and an underlying petticoat.

There are modifications of it available. But I haven’t seen a single child of 13 wearing it on a normal day in the city, only for festive occasions. We do have the salwar kameez which is long top with pants or chaniya choli which is short blouse with a long skirt.

I received a free ARC from Shannon and the author, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!! STRICTLY HONEST AND UNBIASED.

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World-famous Egyptologist Dr. Winston Thornsley died suddenly two months ago in disgrace. His widow, Ida Thornsley, remains convinced her husband was falsely accused of stealing an ancient burial urn he discovered in Egypt last summer, but local and federal law enforcement officers are stumped.

Mrs. Thornsley, desperate for answers, calls in her thirteen-year-old neighbors, the Botanic Hill Detectives—twins Lanny and Lexi Wyatt, Moki Kalani, and Rani Kumar. Their exciting mission? To find the urn and its real thief, bring the criminal to justice, and exonerate Dr. Thornsley so his spotless reputation can be restored.

A roomful of venomous snakes, the poisoned Egyptian pond, and Dragon Pit Man are just a few of the tests awaiting the four tech-savvy teenagers. As the detectives begin to unravel the sinister plot, the mystery takes a dangerous turn. Answers are at their fingertips—if they can only convince their parents to let them solve the case.

Publication Date: January 2020

16 Responses

  1. Thanks, Shalini, for the review. My characters are purposely mature so as to be role models. My muses were my own fifth-grade students, including one who wore a sari to school quite often since her grandmother made them for her.

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