The Marshmallow Hammer Detective Agency: The Mysterious Case of the Golden Egg [NOOK Book]

Overview

The sudden and unexpected arrival of a mysterious package interrupts Hat Tintersmoot’s twelfth birthday. Where did it come from? Who left it? Once she discovers that the small cardboard box is a gift from her Grandpa Gordon, the mystery deepens...considering the fact that he passed away three years ago.

The handwritten note reads, “Inside this box is an impossible mystery ...
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The Marshmallow Hammer Detective Agency: The Mysterious Case of the Golden Egg

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Overview

The sudden and unexpected arrival of a mysterious package interrupts Hat Tintersmoot’s twelfth birthday. Where did it come from? Who left it? Once she discovers that the small cardboard box is a gift from her Grandpa Gordon, the mystery deepens...considering the fact that he passed away three years ago.

The handwritten note reads, “Inside this box is an impossible mystery that only the purest of hearts can ever hope to uncover. Solve it, and you will discover the answer to one of the greatest secrets ever.”

It’s another perfect job for the owner of The Marshmallow Hammer Detective Agency. With the help of a new best friend, and her first official employee, Hat must uncover the truth behind five difficult clues in order to find her answer.

The Mysterious Case of the Golden Egg is a heartwarming tale full of riddles, puzzles, and thoughtful messages about life, love, and happiness.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940148679561
  • Publisher: JCL Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/11/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 76,385
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

USA Today bestselling author Ernie Lindsey grew up in the Appalachian Mountains of southwest Virginia, working on the family farm and reading, and has spent his life telling stories to anyone that will listen. He currently works as a freelance writer and is the author of five Mystery & Suspense novels and numerous short stories. When he's not writing, you can find him changing diapers, tackling the gigantic To Be Read list on his Kindle, or the never-ending stack of books in his office.

Ernie and his family live in Oregon, along with a multi-fingered Hemingway cat named Luna.

Head over to ErnieLindsey.com for more information, or join him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ErnieLindseyFiction.
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  • Posted January 19, 2014

    The author, Ernie Lindsey, describes this as a book for Middle G

    The author, Ernie Lindsey, describes this as a book for Middle Grade/Young Adult. I'd go more with Middle Grade, or what is sometimes called tweens. A twelve-year-old girl named Hat considers herself a detective. A grandfather who died three years earlier (and really was a detective) has sent her a birthday present of a golden egg with symbols engraved on it, and a note to let her know there is a mystery to solve.

    In the end, she must work out the meaning of five "clues" that will point her to where the next clue is. I enjoyed the clues. Some I could work out for myself, and some point to places in her town which I, of course, could have no fore-knowledge of. I couldn't, therefore, figure out the final meaning of most clues until Hat stumbles across the building indicated, and figures the clue out for herself.

    The most dangerous thing Hat and her friend Frank will face is Frank's smoking, drinking, ill-tempered mother. This is very different from a lot of the books popular with 10-12 year olds. I'm thinking of Harry Potter, The Mysterious Benedict Society, The 39 Clues and others. Old grandpa that I am, I enjoyed all of the books just mentioned more than this book. Winerip's Adam Canfield books have more danger and suspense in them than this one.

    I also find that what momentum the story has is often interrupted by details and ruminations that hold no interest for me, and interrupt the flow of the main story. An example: Hat's first clue is four words: game, riddle, puzzle and anagram. She asks her Dad what "anagram" means. “Do you want me to tell you, or does the private investigator want to figure it out herself?” he says. So she spends the next few paragraphs looking around her room and scrabbling among the dust bunnies under her bed looking for her dictionary. Finally, she has Dad just tell her what it means. I knew what the word meant all along, and any kid who doesn't will quickly look it up online. So let's get on with solving the clue. All this stalls the story needlessly.

    Like Grisham's Theodore Boone, Hat makes a friend with a very troubled home life. Much as she feels for Frank, she can do little to help him. This dramatic turn might well be the best part of the book. The final solution to her puzzle, by comparison, is rather a dud.

    I think a child who is only a year or two beyond Fancy Nancy and Amelia Bedelia books might enjoy this more than I did. I give it three out of five stars.

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  • Posted December 31, 2013

    This is a really fun read for all ages! If your child is under

    This is a really fun read for all ages! If your child is under 10 it would make a great "story time" book that you either read to them or let them read to you so you can explain as you go along. Wonderful story!!

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