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Have you heard about Nutmeg Street: Egyptian Secrets, by Sherrill Joseph yet? Check it out and don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom!

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

Expected Publication Date: February 1st, 2020

Genre: MG/ Middle Grade/ Mystery (Ages 9 – 12)

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.

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Excerpt

Uncle Rocky did his best to join the kids on the floor but resorted to an old, overstuffed club chair instead. No sooner had the man gotten settled when Rani’s face changed.

“What’s that?” she said.

Flashing lights were beaming into the attic through the little window and dancing wildly around the room. The group quickly clustered around the opening.

Lanny grabbed the binoculars hanging nearby and trained them on the source. It took some time before the light show stopped interfering with his vision. “It’s Mask Face! On the Quince Street Footbridge!” he shouted, lowering the binoculars.

Lexi yanked them from her brother, taking his neck along with the strap, and aimed them out the window. “You’re right. Eww! It’s creepy,” she replied as goosebumps ran down her arms.

The figure had turned the flashlight onto its mask, creating the illusion of a disembodied head floating across the bridge.

Coming Soon!

Egyptian Secrets, in paperback and eBook, will be available for purchase on Amazon, February 1, 2020!

For your chance to win a digital copy of the book, book swag — a bookmark, a sticker, and a post card, And a $25 Amazon gift card, click the link below to enter!

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Note: Prizes mentioned above are available to the U.S. only. A digital copy of Egyptian Secrets will be given away for international entries!

The giveaway will run from November 4th to November 7th. Good luck!

About the Author

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Sherrill Joseph’s debut novel, Nutmeg Street: Egyptian Secrets, had been inside her head for decades. The mystery genre took hold of her as a fifth grader when she discovered Nancy Drew and Phyllis A. Whitney mysteries. Years later, it still hasn’t let go.

After graduating Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in English literature and a master’s in education, Sherrill spent the next thirty-five years as a K-12 literacy teacher. When she retired from teaching in 2013, the Botanic Hill Detectives and their mysteries finally sprang to life.

Forever inspired by her beautiful students in the San Diego public schools, the author has peopled and themed the Botanic Hill Detectives mysteries with children of various abilities, cultures, and interests. She strongly believes that embracing diversity is the key to a better world.

Sherrill is a native San Diegan where she lives in a ninety-year-old house in a historic neighborhood with her bichon frisé-poodle mix, Jimmy Lambchop. In addition to her dog, the city of San Diego, reading and writing, the author loves her daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter. She must also include dark chocolate, popcorn, old movies, staircases, the color purple, and daisies. She is a member of SCBWI and the Authors’ Guild and promises many more adventures with the squad to come.

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Book Recommendation – Little Girl Missing

How can a little girl vanish into thin air?

Five-year-old Cassie Bailey’s mother tucked her into bed and kissed her goodnight. This morning she’s missing, her unicorn bedcovers are empty, and her parents are frantic.

DCI Rachel Hart knows that the first few hours after a child goes missing are the most crucial, and that the Baileys are living every parent’s worst nightmare. Rachel knows, because as a child her family lived through it too, when her sister was taken.

The days are ticking by with no sign of Cassie, and the cracks in the Baileys’ marriage are beginning to show. But are the holes in their stories because they’re out of their minds with panic – or because they’re lying?

Rachel’s convinced that Cassie knew the person who took her, but can she find the little girl before she’s lost forever?

A gripping and unputdownable thriller for fans of Close to Home, The Couple Next Door and Behind Closed Doors.

My Review

There aren’t many books I read in one sitting, particularly not full length ones anyway. But this was one of those.

It probably wasn’t a good idea to pick my kindle up at 4.30 in the morning, not when I expected my eyelids to droop within thirty minutes. Still, I was awake and needed something to do. I’d just finished an audiobook a few days earlier, and watching TV wasn’t an option, so I scrolled through the books on my TBR and came to a stop at Little Girl Missing.

It’s no coincidence that my current WIP as a writer features child abduction, and I’m reading as many stories I can lay my hands that feature that topic. Call it research, but I am fascinated by how other authors tackle the subject matter. And so it began … I did actually get some sleep though, but picked up where I left off as soon as I could after walking the dogs, eating breakfast, and even cleaning up a little. Somehow I knew that once I resumed with this story, then little else would get done that Sunday.

So, the book …. you want to know what happened?

Well, maybe I’ll give you a few teasers, but you really should check it out yourself if the subject matter intrigues you half as much as it does me.

Naomi Bailey’s life has been in turmoil since she threw her husband out for cheating on her with an old school enemy. Naomi refuses to let him even see their five-year-old daughter, Cassie, and the strain of being newly single is taking its toll on her ability to function. On the insistence of her best friend, Kate, Naomi takes a herbal sleeping tablet and wakes the next morning later  than usual. In a rush to get to school, she calls for Cassie but there is no answer. Minutes later, when she can’t find Cassie anywhere in the house, her worst fears are realised: Cassie is missing.

Charlie Bailey, Naomi’s husband, is living with his mother, Hazel, and hasn’t seen his daughter in five weeks – although he does stop by the house each night at Cassie’s bedtime just until her bedroom light goes out.

Could he be responsible Cassie’s disappearance? DCI Rachel Hart who is leading the investigation rules nothing out.

Grandma Hazel leaves her home early the following morning to visit her sister. Could she have taken Cassie with her, angry at Naomi for cutting all ties with them?

And then there’s a mystery surrounding the woman with whom Charlie cheated on his wife. A long-time enemy of Naomi, Jessica still bears a grudge from when Charlie chose Naomi over her. Could she be involved in Cassie’s disappearance too? There’s no love lost between her and Naomi, but could she and Charlie be in it together?

DCI Rachel Hart has her hands full, there are twists and turns throughout and everyone is a suspect. The real culprit’s identity soon becomes obvious, but their motives are well hidden until the end.

With all the obstacles facing her, Rachel wonders whether she is the right person to lead the case. She quickly pushes the doubt to one side, convinced that her personal experience makes her the best person to find the missing child before it’s too late. That personal experience is told in bite-size snippets, adding intrigue and interest to Rachel’s own history.

This is a fast-paced thriller that will grab your attention and hold it right till the end. Trust is such a fragile thing; you might never see the truth because of it.

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