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The Dark Stairs by Betsy Byars
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The Dark Stairs

by Betsy Byars

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This was a pretty good book. Its about a girl named Herculeah that doesn't now how to mind her own business but ends up helping solve a 10 year old disappearance of an old man. Its a good book for kids that are in middle school. Its a good mystery for kids that like mysteries like this. ( )
  Sam-Teegarden | Jun 2, 2018 |
Herculeah Jones has detective work in her blood - her mother is a private eye and her father is on the police force. When she discovers her father at Dead Oaks mansion, a msyterious man lurking around, and her mother on a case that has to do with the old house Herculeah can't help but get involved. As she tries to solve the mystery, she finds herself a little too close to her main suspect one time too many.

This story was darker than I expected it to be and was definitely for an older audience than the lexile level would suggest. There is a character in the book experiencing the first steps towards puberty, and the main character stumbles on the dead body at the end -- definitely not for 8 year olds. I would recommend it for a reader who likes a little more darkness than the Nancy Drew type story but isn't ready for a truly scary mystery. ( )
  agrudzien | Jan 13, 2013 |
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Mystery is in Herculeah Jones’s blood. How could it not be, with a father on the police force and a mother who’s a private eye? So when Herculeah notices a man hanging around the "Dead Oaks" mansion, she can’t resist doing some investigating of her own. Legend has it the old estate was the site of a murder, and now it looks like there’s something even more nefarious going on. Can Herculeah crack the case before the mystery man closes in on her?

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The intrepid Herculeah Jones helps her mother, a private investigator, solve a puzzling and frightening case.

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