Books

The Mistake Mystery Series

The Best Mistake Mystery

2017

Dogwalker extraordinaire Stephen Nobel can get a little anxious, but his habit of counting the mistakes he and everyone else makes calms him. His need to analyze gets kicked into hyperdrive after two crazy events happen in one day at school: the bomb squad blows up a backpack and someone smashes a car into the building.

To make things worse, that someone thinks Stephen can identify them. Stephen receives a threatening text. If he goes to the police, his favourite dogs, Ping and Pong, will get hurt. The pressure mounts when his new best friend, Renée, begs for Stephen’s help. Her brother has been charged with the crimes and she wants to clear his name.

Is it a mistake to give in to dognappers? How can he possibly save everybody? To find out, Stephen will have to count on all of his new friends.

The Artsy Mistake Mystery

2017

They say he’s been stealing art. But is Attila being framed?

Outdoor art is disappearing all over the neighbourhood! From elaborate Halloween decorations to the Stream of Dreams fish display across the fence at Stephen and Renée’s school, it seems no art is safe. Renée’s brother, Attila, has been cursing those model fish since he first had to make them as part of his community service. So everyone thinks Attila is behind it when they disappear. But, grumpy teen though he is, Attila can do no wrong in Renée’s eyes, so she enlists Stephen’s help to catch the real criminal.

The Snake Mistake Mystery

2018

Noble Dog Walking takes care of pets, even if they slither.

When a ball python they’re looking after disappears, Stephen Noble and Renée Kobai join forces with their favourite clients, Jack Russell Ping and greyhound Pong, to find that snake. The local animal shelter proves no help at all. The only thing they care about is their annual cat sale.

It’s starting to look like the ball python may have been stolen, when Stephen and Renée get word that more homes have been broken into, all of them clients of Noble Dog Walking. The case turns desperate as one by one, their clients leave. After losing Ping and Pong as clients, too, Stephen and Renée pin their last hope on gathering all the suspects at the animal shelter, and a real Catastrophe ensues.

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With a pitch perfect middle grade voice, fast-paced action, likable characters and adorable dogs this story cannot go wrong. It is a must read. 

Middle Grade Mafia

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The descriptions of canine exuberance, are delightful and the best parts of this quick read and first in a promised mystery series. 

– Kirkus Revies

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This book was such a funny, sweet and enjoyable read.

– My Interdimentional Chaos

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A heart-warming mystery that illustrates that mistakes are not always a bad thing. 

– Book verdict

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The story is as fun and frisky as the dogs that Stephen walks, and it’s refreshing to see both an affectionate father-son relationship and a sweet coed friendship represented so genuinely.

Becca Worthington Booklist December 15, 2016

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…the theme of art that runs through the story helps flesh out the many colourful characterswho live in Stephen’s town. The Artsy Mistake Mystery takes the element of complex mystery from The Great Mistake Mystery, and overlays it with the theme of art, which makes for a mystery that readers will enjoy solving.

– Resource Links. Oct 2017.

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