In this, the first of the Belltown Mystery series, author T. M. Murphy introduces us to 16-year-old sleuth, Orville Jacques, whose curiosity and wit often carry him close to danger.
In THE SECRETS OF BELLTOWN, one of Belltown's oldest residents dies in what police call an accident. But to Orville, something just doesn't add up. He investigates, with some help from his friends, and stumbles upon a much bigger scandal than he'd ever imagined.
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Grade 5-9?Belltown, a beach community on Cape Cod, is the home of Orville Jacques, a diligent, brave, yet kind teen with a sense of humor and an astute detective's intuition. He soon realizes old lady Sherwin's death was accidental and fears an escaped mental patient may be the murderer. He investigates, gathering information from friends, co-workers, the town hall, the library, a retired P.I., and even a fortune-teller. All the while, he valiantly resists the urge to seek revenge as his best friend dates his "dream" girl, Maria. When the pieces fall into place, he has matured and has greater self-confidence around Maria. Characterization is excellent. The first volume of a promising new series, with a likable teen protagonist.?Sabrina L. Fraunfelter, Kings Glen Elementary School, Springfield, VA
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