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Nutmeg Street: Egyptian Secrets (A Botanic Hill Detectives Mystery, #1)

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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
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Paperback, First Edition, 205 pages
Published February 1st 2020 by Acorn Publishing LLC
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Ari
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Thank you NetGalley and Acorn Publishing for this ARC. All thoughts and opinions are mine.

As an adult, I've done my best to make up for those pre-teen years when other readers were gorging themselves on stories of Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys (or other like-minded mysteries that to this day I am not as well versed in as I wish I were). I've done a fairly good job with the Nancy Drew books, have greatly enjoyed them for the sake of nostalgia, and have
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Christi M
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
A story where the kids get to be the investigators and have formed: The Botanic Hill Detective Agency. In this new series four best friends love solving mysteries together and learn a little about Egyptian history and reptiles.


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In the town of Las Palmitas are four friends who are well-known for solving mysteries. As the book opens we find Lanny, Lexi, Rani, and Moki at the home of Dr. Thornsley a famous Egyptologist who recently died. His widow, “Mrs. T.” as the kids affectionately call
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Shalini
Feb 01, 2020 rated it liked it
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
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Bonnie Grover
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: student, mystery
Perfect for upper elementary and middle school students! In the first book in the Botanic Hill Mystery series 4 teenagers work together to solve the mystery of a missing Egyptian urn. I enjoyed learning about the Egyptology that was woven throughout the story.
Javier
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
When I was a child some of my favorite books were "Alfred Hitchcock and the three investigators" so when I learnt of "Nutmeg Street: Egyptian secrets" I knew this was right up my alley. In this first book in the Botanic Hill Mystery series, four teenage detectives have to uncover a thief and blackmailer while restoring one of their neighbors reputation.

Not only was this entertaining but also a tool for kids to learn about Ancient Egypt (one of my favorite themes), herpetology or Hawaiian
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Anjana
Feb 12, 2020 rated it liked it
This is the first of a series with an already established group of friends who solve mysteries. They are official, with a name and credentials and past cases that we are only given glimpses of. The past will probably be referenced in future books in more detail to provide a better picture.

The pair of twins have parents who travel the world for their work and are well versed in most things Egyptian. The case that has been handed to them has to do with a missing urn, the disappearance of which was
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Jessica Bronder
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Egyptologist Dr. Thornsley discovers an ancient burial urn while on a dig in Egypt but is accused of stealing it. He has recently died a couple months prior as a disgrace. His wife Ida insists that he was innocents even if the authorities don’t really care. To clear her husband’s name, Ida hires four local kids to look into this matter.

Lanny, Lexi, Moki, and Rani are the Botanic Hill Detectives and are ready to solve this case. What follows is an amazing adventure for kids both locally and
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Kelsey Ashton
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Get ready to embark on a Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys-esque mystery! This book was a definite page turner and one I would have enjoyed reading in elementary school/middle school! I would love to put this book in a classroom for kids to read! I loved how the book was geared toward younger readers, however it still had elements for all ages to enjoy! This book contains themes of humor, suspense, and teamwork. It was also amazing to read about such a diverse group of kids! The Nutmeg Street kids ...more
Ben Gartner
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a fun caper that reminded me of Scooby Doo. The kids were smart and savvy, and the villains practically said "If it weren't for you meddling kids!" The Egyptian history was well interwoven and interesting too. And I learned a lot about the Hawaiian language, which I wasn't expecting but was very cool too. If you're looking for a good old fashioned mystery caper, check out the Botanic Hill detectives!
Millie
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received this book from Netgalley in an exchange of an honest review.
I really loved most aspects of this book, the plot, characters, the setting. The characters are funny and very likeable. The only aspect that I had a very small problem with was that it seemed like a sequel. Nevertheless, I loved the book and hope that we get to read about more of the Botanic Hill Detectives mysteries again.
N. Christine
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As a child psychologist, I found this book a WONDERFUL and healthy departure from some other children's literature for three reasons: 1. These children are good role models while also being realistic and relatable. I'm excited to have my daughter read a book with polite, responsible children who do chores and homework. Yay! A good reinforcement of what I'm teaching at home. 2. I really like the Botanic Hill neighborhood. I find it to be a welcome wholesome place for kids to rest their ...more
Holly
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I found this book on the website VoraciousReadersonly.com. I found this book to be of great entertainment and would recommend for anyone to read. The story was full of excitement, could hardly put it down and also has some good information so that we learn a bit about ancient Egypt civilizations.
Samantha Wynd
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Took me back to my childhood days of reading the Famous Five by Enid Blyton and this author and series should wow preteens and early teens for as many years. I was given a free copy of this book by the author and through Voracious Readers to read and review and I'm so glad I did. I will definitely be investing in this author and this series for my nephews in preparation for when they are old enough to enjoy these children and their adventures.
Marion Craggs
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book from the author via vorocious readers in return for an honest review. I found the book well written Ina similar style to the Nancy Drew mysteries although in this book there are a group of four friends solving the mystery. I personally would recommend the book for older children rather than young adults. One thing I did lie was the way in where chnthe author introduced some interesting vocabulary which may well be new to the younger reader by using the ...more
Kelly
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a good story for everyone. Fans of Nancy Drew will enjoy this sweet and enjoyable story.

Alexa Kingaard
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a clever story, told expertly by Joseph in a manner that does not make grade and middle schoolers feel like they are learning while reading! Bubbling with exciting scenes and adventures, a foursome of young detectives are hot on the trail of a brazen thief and blackmailer, intent on discrediting a beloved family friend and renowned Egyptologist. Every chapter outlines factual information and encourages young readers to help solve the mystery, the first of the Botanic Hill series. This debut ...more
Annarella
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was a fan of the Three Investigators and was happy to find again some of the themes and the atmosphere in this book.
I had a lot of fun reading it and would like to read other books in this series.
Recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Lori Oliver-Tierney
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a really fun book. I enjoyed the characters and trying to figure out the mystery. It was well written and edited. As an adult I enjoyed reading it and I know children of all ages will relate to the kids in this book. I appreciated the diversity that was subtly introduced. I look forward to reading the next mystery solved by these fun young detectives. Well done Sherill Joseph
Beverley Wyld
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great fun, reminding me of Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys and The Three Investigators novels that I read as a child. Can’t wait to pass this on to my grandchildren.
Eule
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
When their late friend Dr. T. is accused of theft and they hear he won't be honored at this years ceremony from the Egyptology department, it's clear that they have to solve the case. All four join forces, again, to help their friends.

I did not get along with this. At all.
I felt like it did too much at once, and the four main characters were at first much too mature for their ages, and then only felt like badly coloured-in paper cutouts. It was as if they were assigned prompts instead of
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Flora Burlingame
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you have middle-graders who imagine themselves super sleuths, A Botonic Hill Detective Mystery—Book 1, NUTMEG STREET: Egyptian Secrets is a good bet. Four thirteen-year-old amateur detectives of mixed heritage are determined to help a neighbor clear her late husband of a serious crime she knew he didn’t commit.
During the development of the plot, kids learn about ancient Egypt, snake poison, a condition call synesthesia, with some Hawaiian words thrown in. Twists and turns and suspicious
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Barbara Rasmussen
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Nutmeg Street: Egyptian Secrets is an interesting, informative, fun read about 4 junior detectives, who follow the clues to solve the mystery. The story is filled with facts and information about Egyptology, using authentic words with explanations of meanings following. The story includes enhanced comprehensive elements such as a detective who loves to give definitions of words, another detective who uses authentic Hawaiian words, and a Hawaiian dictionary at the end. There is also a map for ...more
Holly Kammier
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kids, you're about to meet four new heroes! Join in the excitement as these cool teen detectives lead you on an unforgettable adventure into the world of ancient Egypt treasures using smarts and teamwork to solve their challenging case. Parents and teachers, you'll appreciate the themes of friendship, honesty, and perseverance that make Nutmeg Street: Egyptian Secrets a fun and valuable read.
Lois Letchford
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An enthralling group of children is out to solve the mysteries occurring in their community. Readers are transported to the exciting world of intrigue in a museum and Egyptology. A well written and detailed adventure! I look forward to reading about further adventures with this group of investigators.
Pamela McCord
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In this first book in the Botanic Hill Detectives Mysteries series, 13-year-old detectives Lanny, Lexi, Moki, and Rani track down clues to find a stolen Egyptian urn. Accompany the four young detectives as they follow the trail, and their instincts, to find answers to all the mysterious events that make Nutmeg Street: Egyptian Secrets such a fun read.
Sam Ashkenas
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sherrill Joseph has created characters so lovable and interesting that readers can't help but feel like they are personal friends. Lexi, Moki, Rani, and Lanny become four young detectives off to track down a sacred urn, but the lessons they learn extend far beyond an Egyptian artifact. This is a story of friendship and determination that will keep kids glued until the end.
K.A. Fox
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great read for all ages. If you loved Nancy Drew or Encyclopedia Brown, you'll truly enjoy this debut. Fun and action packed, it will keep readers' attention all the way through. A mystery that reminds us of the power of friendship and the importance of teamwork. Readers will be cheering for these four young detectives until the very end.
P.J. Colando
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Nutmeg Street is a middle-grade read and rates all E's from me: exciting, entertaining, and exceptional in every way. It's educational, too, with word definitions and facts of ancient Egypt woven in. Four engaging characters co-lead to solve mysteries for others. What a hook!
Cindie
Feb 05, 2020 rated it liked it
I received a free e-book from Voracious Readers Only. The description sounded interesting. I struggled in the beginning because there was no back story, so it took awhile for me to catch on to the rich kids with a tutor part. The author reflects in her bio that she was inspired by Nancy Drew. This story is very idealistic and not very believable in this age, and maybe that was the intent. Adults don't usually allow teens such freedom, especially in an unsupervised "sleepover." I also struggled ...more
Liliyana Shadowlyn
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads
Nutmeg Street: Egyptian Secrets is a fun middle-grade mystery. These four friends certainly make life interesting as they solve mysteries together. Each has their own unique personality, and like the Nancy Drew books I read when I was younger, are engaging and pull the reader in. A quick read, any budding mystery lover is sure to enjoy.
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My debut novel, Nutmeg Street: Egyptian Secrets, had been inside my head for decades. The mystery genre took hold of me as a fifth grader when I discovered Nancy Drew and Phyllis A. Whitney mysteries. Years later, it still hasn’t let go.

Graduating Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in English literature and a master’s in education, I spent the next thirty-five years as a
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