Archive for the ‘A to Z Mysteries’ Category

The Ninth Nugget – 71

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

The Ninth Nugget – By Ron Roy – Josh, Dink, and Ruth Rose are spending a week at a ranch. Ma and Pa Wheat run the place with their son Jud. Thumbs is there to help with the horses and other animals. There are a few other visitors that week. All the guest go panning for gold. Josh is the last, ninth, person to find a gold nugget. It is huge about the size of a potato. They take it back to the ranch and put it in the safe. Later Lulu, the cook, is found gagged and tied to a chair with the safe open. Two other guest that had stayed back from the horse ride were also found gagged and one tied and the other handcuffed. Josh and his friends have to figure out who stole the nugget without getting caught or making anyone made. It all turns out fine in the end.

The Unwilling Umpire – 20

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

The Unwilling Umpire – By Ron Roy – Some men and women are playing a softball game for charity with all kinds of people in the bleachers. There are some autographed baseballs on display. The umpire goes to get his allergy medicine, but he never comes back. Someone discovers that the case is shattered that had the baseballs in it. The Umpire then admits to stealing the baseballs. The police officer arrests the umpire, but he won’t talk to anyone about what is going on. The three friends go to the umpire’s trailer and find that someone is living there. It is the umpire’s little brother. Josh, Dink, and Ruth Rose talk the brother into going to the jail and talk to his big brother. Pete, the umpire, thought his little brother had stolen the baseballs, but he finds out he did not. The three kids decide to try and find the real thief. They post an email to someone selling an autographed baseball and ask for an address to send the check to. The person replies with a local address. The police go and arrests the real thief.

The Absent Author – 19

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

The Absent Author – By Ron Roy – Dink, Josh , and Ruth Rose are expecting an author, Wallis Wallace, at the local book store. On the morning the author is to sign books, the book store is crowded, but the author doesn’t show up. The bookstore owner tells the crowd that will have to leave since the author didn’t show. Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose come to the conclusion that the author had been kidnapped. The bookstore owner gives the kids the itinerary from the author. The kids are meet by a woman who claims that she is to meet the author later, so can she come along to help find out what is going on. The kids call the airport and confirm that the author was on the right flight and it did land the previous night. The taxi service company confirms that they picked up the author and dropped him off at the hotel. The hotel manager shows the register where the author signed in. According to the cleaning lady no one slept in that room, and the next room had a Do Not Disturb sign on the door. The kids convince the hotel manager to go take a look in both rooms. They discover one room is empty, and the other is occupied by a man tied up to a chair. When all is revealed the woman who has been with the kids all this time is actually the author. Her brother helped her to see how young kids would really solve the mystery for her newest book.

The Deadly Dungeon – 18

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

The Deadly Dungeon – By Ron Roy – Dink. Josh, and Ruth Rose are on their way to visit a writer friend. She lives in a castle. Her brother, Walker, is a lobster fisherman, and he comes to pick them up from the bus. They are meet at the castle by Wallis the writer. She sows them to their rooms and tells them to watch out for the ghost. They all hear a noise, and the writer says it is the ghost. After an early morning trip out on the sea with Walker they have some free time to explore the castle. The three children discover a secret passage between the cave down at sea level and the playhouse on the cliff. They discover some endangered birds in the cave.

The Talking T. Rex – 14

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

The Talking T. Rex – By Ron Roy – I am trying to read some books that my second graders might be able to read. This appears to be a nice little mystery series for younger children. In this book Dink, Josh, and Ruth are looking forward to seeing Jud. Jud brings with him a dinosaur. He and two other men are going to start a dinosaur exhibit in Montana and are trying to raise money for it. The kids pass out fliers to everyone in the town to come meet that talking T. Rex. Dean has made the T. Rex able to talk and move through the use of a computer and cables. The men are putting their money in the safe place and discover that the money from other shows is missing. The police chief is called in, but it is Dink, Josh, and Ruth who really solve the mystery.