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Nutmeg Street: Egyptian Secrets

(A Botanic Hill Detectives Mystery #1)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  101 ratings  ·  89 reviews
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
Paperback, First Edition, 206 pages
Published February 1st 2020 by Acorn Publishing LLC
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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 eve
Christi M
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
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.

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
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 whi
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.
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes I wish I had children, so I could share books like Nutmeg Street: Egyptian Secrets by Sherrill Joseph with them. Good thing I have a god-daughter that I will pass this book onto when she gets to advanced elementary or middle school level in her reading!

Nutmeg Street really took me back to my childhood in regards to how much it reminded me of the various mystery series I read. But before I get to those ones, I want to mention the adult series Amelia Peabody by Elizbeth Peters. I feel li
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 langua
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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Sherrill Joseph
ΦBK, San Diego State University, 1976

From the publisher: Kids, get ready to meet your new heroes! In Book 1 of the Botanic Hill Detectives Mysteries series, four modern-day teen sleuths take on ancient Egypt and those intent on stopping their investigation. . . . 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 i
Deanna Holdsworth
Jul 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Twins Lanny and Lexi along with their friends Moki and Rani are detectives solving mysteries in their Botanic Hill neighborhood of Southern California. In this story they are working on the mystery of the death of their friend and neighbor Dr. Thornsley. They also want to clear his name as he is being blamed for stealing from the Antiquities Research Collective where he worked with Lanny and Lexi's parents. By staying with Mrs. Thornsley, after her backyard pond was found with broken pieces the ...more
Lisa Denn
May 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-teens
Was looking for a book to read while staying at home during the Covid 19 pandemic when I came across Sherrill Joseph's debut novel Nutmeg Street: Egyptian Secrets, which I was given an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy to read and post an honest review online).

The main characters Lexi, Lanny, Moki and Rani will definitely keep the attention of young readers. These four amateur sleuths demonstrate traits found in real teenagers making them relatable in every sense of the word. Like the reader, the fourso
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
-I received a complimentary copy of the book from the author via Voracious Readers-
I really liked the story! Nutmeg Street: Egyptian Secrets is full of adventure, fun, and friendship in the mystery. The author did a great job in explaining words or ideas to the audience in a way that was easy to understand and flowed well in the narrative. The only thing I would change was the references to previously solved cases when this is the first book in the series. I highly recommend this book! I am exci
May 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: net-galley-read, 2020
I received this book in exchange for an honest review, which has not altered my opinion of this book.

I love mysteries and I love ancient history and so together it’s logical that they would be a lot of fun together. This story really did bring both aspects together, however the writing left something to be desired for me. I will say that there were plenty of fun facts and tidbits of information that I really appreciated, this was awesome and I learned quite a bit from the story. There’s also a s
Saralyn Richard
Jun 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This first book in the Botanic Hill Detectives mystery series is full of fun facts about Egyptian culture and snakes, but what I enjoy most is the interplay among the characters. The four young detectives come from three different homes (two are twins) and cultures, but they complement each other as they investigate a mysterious theft. I enjoy their interactions with adults, as well. It's been a while since I was a young adult, but the scenes ring true, and as I read, I find myself wanting to ju ...more
Carly Moore
Dec 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was such an adorable book to read. Sherrill kept the story rolling with no slow parts at all. As an adult I felt like it could be a bit predictable, but looking at this book through a child's eyes, this is a fun and educational mystery that keeps you guessing till the very end! Thank you Sherrill for a delightful reading experience! ...more
Amanda Hallam-Taillon
Oct 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book for tweens with action, adventure and a mystery to solve! I will definitely be reading this to my kids and recommending it to friends. Looking forward to solving more mysteries with this squad!

I received a copy of this book through Voracious Readers Only.
Belinda Coleman
Mar 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was an entertaining and fun book. While I would normally read more complex adult novels, this was a trip down memory lane as I remembered what I used to read as a child. Definitely recommend, especially to younger readers.
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 inte
Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received a complimentary copy of the book from the author via Voracious Readers Only. This is a cute, fun mystery book for kids.
Lise Bennett
Sep 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a fun read and I think I would have loved this series as a kid!
Feb 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Nutmeg Street: Egyptian Secrets is A Botanical Hill Detectives Mystery Book 1. A caper for Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys fans. The story takes you up and down over and under searching for clues that these four detective friends have a knack for. Some detective head, some Egyptology knowledge, some cookie craving and some tactical strategies- perfect recipe for solving this case. Kudos Sherrill Joseph. This one is a winner!
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! ...more
Mererid Evanna
Oct 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
An attractive group of friends, an intriguing neighborhood, and a well-balanced mixture of mystery, danger and fun make this a very enjoyable read. It reminds me in some ways of the Ava and Carol series, especially with the strong historical background. I do love the self-consciously responsible attitude of the detectives and the respect they receive from the adults. ...more
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 imaginatio ...more
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. ...more
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.
Fernanda Lara (MysteryDateWithaBook)
This book has a great premise. I mean, who wouldn't want to read a book about a group of friends solving mysteries, especially when it involves ancient Egypt? However... even though this is the first book in the series it feels more like a sequel. The 4 main characters already have a reputation in town regarding their detective skills. So when you start reading the story you feel like you've missed out on something.
But the major disappointment for me was the fact that all four main characters a
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 persona ...more
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
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.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
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Sherrill Joseph, a retired teacher turned multiple award-winning author, created The Botanic Hill Detectives Mysteries series for children ages 9-12 so she could stay connected with kids.

Joseph presents responsible, role-model detective characters who provide readers with a fun mystery to solve while also showing that being respectful and helpful citizens can be cool!

She lives in San Diego, Califo

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