Renée Hand has over twenty-five years of writing experience with a dozen published works and many accolades. She’s a maverick in writing interactive mysteries, taking the reader on a journey that is woven with just the right amount of mystery, history, and educational value. She provides the reader with a story that will change their lives and hearts forever.
The Case of the Missing Sock (The Crypto-Capers Series #1)by Renee Hand
The Team: In this story siblings Max and Mia Holmes, along with their good friend Morris and their flamboyant Granny Holmes, are known as The Crypto-Capers. They are a group of detectives who unravel crimes by solving cryptograms that criminals leave behind. Mia is an expert puzzle solver. Max is great at deduction and reasoning. Morris is a computer genius, and Granny . . . well, Granny is the muscle of the group. Don’t let her size or age fool youshe is quite handy. The Stolen Items: An antique sock (just one) and Prada sunglasses. The Assignment: The Case of the Missing Sock leads the Crypto-Capers to Florida, where they are hired by a Mr. Delacomb. The mystery leads the team to different locations. Clues flourish throughout the mystery. Suspects by the handful seem to pop up at every turn, but who committed the crime? Help the detectives solve the case by solving the cryptograms and puzzles.Good luck!
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If you had your choice, would you prefer a dirty, smelly old sock that purportedly belonged to Elvis Presley's grandmother or a pair of diamond-studded, gold and onyx designer sunglasses? Maxwell Sherlock Holmes, age fourteen, and his sister Mia, age twelve, live in London, England. Their mother and father are ace detectives with Scotland Yard, and the brother and sister seem to have inherited their parents' abilities to solve crimes. Therefore, with their Granny, Nellie Holmes, and Max's fourteen-year-old friend Morris Weedlesom, a computer whiz, they have formed the Crypto-Capers and unravel mysteries by solving cryptograms that criminals leave behind. In this first volume of Renee Hand's series, wealthy cereal company owner Charles Delacomb of Naples, FL, had bought a new pair of expensive sunglasses as a birthday present for his wife and hidden them inside one of a pair of socks which was once owned by Elvis Presley's grandmother. He had purchased the socks at an auction the year before and kept them in his library in a locked cabinet. However, both the one sock and the sunglasses were stolen, and the thief left a cryptogram, so Delacomb seeks help from the Holmeses. As the Crypto-Capers investigate, some of the evidence points to Mrs. Delacomb, while other bits of evidence point to the groundskeeper Tom Kemper. In fact, on one occasion, Mrs. Delacomb had even given Mr. Kemper a ride. Will Max and Mia be able to figure out the mystery, identify the thief, and retrieve the stolen items? Most youngsters enjoy reading mysteries, and this is good because solving mysteries helps to develop critical thinking skills. In the Crypto-Capers books, there is the added benefit of language arts related exercises in working on the cryptograms. On top of this, The Case of the Missing Sock is just a fun story that will keep the reader turning the pages. As the excitement and suspense build, inquiring minds want to know who did it, and why! Also, at the end I especially liked the scene where Mr. Delacomb and his fifteen-year-old son Robert learn some important lessons about their relationship with each other. If you like mysteries, you will not want to miss the Crypto-Capers.