Middle Grade Mystery
Twelve-year-old Merry McFarland helps her mom with catering gigs and swims in the local pool. That doesn’t leave much time for solving mysteries, but there is one mystery Merry has puzzled over her entire life--why her Uncle Frankie disappeared twenty-two years ago and why absolutely no one will ever talk about him.
While working with her mom one day, Merry overhears a hush-hush conversation which reveals some startling news: Uncle Frankie is returning to their tiny town of Harrington, North Dakota. Just where has he been all these years? Merry, along with her best friend Cooper, is bound and determined to find out.
As they secretly investigate, Merry and Cooper discover Merry’s uncle and Cooper’s dad are connected to some jewel thieves who’ve spent the past twenty-two years in prison. Now the thieves are about to be released, and they’re out for revenge. As well as their diamonds. Because Merry and Cooper know things they aren’t supposed to know, it’s up to them to stop the bad guys before the bad guys make Uncle Frankie disappear again. This time, for good.
First 150 words:
All my life I waited for someone to talk about my Uncle Frankie. But after twelve whole years of waiting, I gave up. Because no one ever did.
It’s like it’s forbidden or something. So when I heard Cooper’s Aunt Eleanor say Uncle Frankie’s name, I about fell over. Good thing I didn’t though because I had a fruit tray balanced in each hand and the inside of my mom’s catering van would have been an awful mess.
As I steadied the trays, Catering Rule #1--know who you’re serving--kicked into high gear and my ears perked right up as my best friend’s aunt talked about my uncle. You see, I was serving Cooper’s Aunt Eleanor at an outdoor wedding reception. Unfortunately, I also know her. My dad likes to say, “Some people don’t know when to keep their trap shut,” and Cooper’s Aunt Eleanor is definitely one of those people.