Some people count their blessings, but dogwalker Stephen Nobel counts mistakes.
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.
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Sylvia McNicoll is the author of over thirty novels. Her book Bringing up Beauty won the Forest of Reading Silver Birch Award. Her books have been nominated for the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Young Adult Crime Book and the Rocky Mountain Award. Sylvia lives in Burlington, Ontario.
The Best Mistake Mystery is a fun and complex mystery that will keep readers curious until the end. Based on this first installment, The Great Mistake Mysteries promises to be a great new series.
McNicoll has written a lot of good books; these two are another pair for that list.
A quick and enjoyable read...with amusing scenes and interesting characters. Well done!
A doggone good mystery!
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.