Thursday, November 2, 2017

Writing Mysteries...

Catch our feature articles about writing mysteries that pop up on every author's journey to binding a book. Watch out for the punctuation, it can be scary! 


Co-authors of the Fairday Morrow series, Jessica Haight & Stephanie Robinson

DMS CASE FILE #1: The Begonia House


The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow
Publish date: 12/1/15
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Illustrator: Roman Muradov
Ages: 9-12
Grade Level: 4-7
Available: Hardcover, Paperback, E-book, Library Bound

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FEAR NOT THE UNEXPECTED.



The Begonia House keeps its secrets. Everyone knows that. Everyone, that is, except for clever eleven-year-old Fairday Morrow, whose family has just moved in. Being the Senior Investigator in the Detective Mystery Squad, more commonly known as the DMS, she’s ready to uncover the mysteries hidden within the strange manor. As the investigation gears up and the pieces of the puzzle begin to fall into place, the DMS enters into a world where anything is possible, and the danger is most definitely real. Can they piece together the puzzle before it's too late? Or will whatever's causing trouble find Fairday and her friends first?


DMS CASE FILE #2: The Talking Library


Fairday Morrow and the Talking Library
Publish date: 10/23/17
Publisher: Willow Press
Illustrator: David SanAngelo
Age: 9-12
Grade level: 4-7
Available: Hardcover

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ANYTHING'S POSSIBLE.


Fairday Morrow had no clue that moving from Manhattan to the small town of Ashpot, Connecticut, would lead to an unsolved mystery. Her parents’ dream of renovating a crumbling Victorian, called the Begonia House, into a bed and breakfast had seemed like treachery at the time. But Fairday found out that her new house kept secrets, and once inside its twisted front gates, anything was possible. When mysterious notes start showing up warning that a librarian is in trouble and a bookworm is eating words, Fairday thinks the Begonia House has more skeletons in its closets. What happens to stories when their words get eaten?

44 comments:

  1. Punctuation can be the difference between life and death!

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    1. Alex- It totally can! ~Jess and Stephanie

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  2. I loved this story from start to finish! Hugs, Valerie

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    1. Valerie- Thanks so much! We are so glad you enjoyed the Talking Library! ~Jess and Stephanie

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  3. That punctuation stuff really has to be watched out for indeed.

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    1. Pat- You betcha! ~Jess and Stephanie

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  4. Hi Jess and Stephanie - the books sound so interesting and now I know what DMS stands for! Finally! Love the ideas you come up with ... and the bookworm eating words - fascinating to find out more - good luck with sales - I'm sure they'll be doing really well - congratulations - cheers Hilary

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    1. Hilary- Glad we were able to fit in a piece of the puzzle for you and that you love the ideas. :) ~Jess and Stephanie

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  5. Congratulations... I hope you have lots of sales and that you write many more books in the future xox ♡♡♡

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    1. Thanks, Launna! :) ~Jess and Stephanie

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  6. Loving both books. With Halloween just gone who needed any ghosts or zombies when they had a Book Worm? Surely the scariest thing to any bibliophile.

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    1. Tracy- We agree! The Bookworm is very scary for bibliophiles. So glad you loved both books. :) Yay! ~Jess and Stephanie

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  7. Punctuation (and tricky apostrophes) are dangerous areas aren't they? And can change meaning in a few key strokes.

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    1. EC- Punctuation is more powerful than we think! ~Jess and Stephanie

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  8. Hope the book sales are over the woof, I mean roof

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    1. Dezmond- Thanks so much! :) ~Jess and Stephanie

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  9. Hmm, I haven't heard of straight quotes called "dead" quotes before. I can see that. I prefer the curly or "smart" ones. Congrats on the new release!

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    1. Cherie- They were new to us, too! Thanks for the good wishes. ~Jess and Stephanie

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  10. Love punctuation as a puzzle piece! :)

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    1. Jemi- They really are a puzzle piece! ~Jess and Stephanie

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    1. Gloria- Thanks so much! :) ~Jess and Stephanie

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    1. Lisa- Thanks! ~Jess and Stephanie

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  13. I'm a grammar lover, so I'm big on punctuation.

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    1. Kelly- We bet you are big on punctuation. :) ~Jess and Stephanie

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  14. Here's to good sales!
    Liked the trailer too!

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thanks, Jan! Glad you enjoyed the trailer, too! ~Jess and Stephanie

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  15. I love both books and I learned about Dead Quotes. After writing all these years, this is the first I've heard of them. We're never too old to learn. :)

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    1. Beverly- We learn something new every day. Dead quotes were bizarre- but they turned up so many places once we saw them. So glad to hear you loved both books. :) ~Jess and Stephanie

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  16. Congrats to you both! Wishing you so much success!!!

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    1. Magic Love Crow- Thanks so much! ~Jess and Stephanie

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  17. It looks so great and I absolutely love the artwork! Congrats and good luck on Sales!

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    1. Robert- We are thrilled that you love the artwork. We are blown away by it! Thanks for the good wishes. :) ~Jess and Stephanie

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  18. So . . . I couldn't resist the jacket and blurb one minute more. I ordered book 1.

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    1. Elizabeth- Yay! We hope you enjoy the mystery of the Begonia House! :) ~Jess and Stephanie

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  19. Wishing you two much success, and looking forward to book 3 now :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Meradeth! We are working on book 3 now. :) ~Jess and Stephanie

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  20. Punctuation certainly can be scary, especially if misused:)
    These books just look so good. Kudos.

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    1. Sandra- Punctuation can give us the shivers. :) So glad the books look good to you. ~Jess and Stephanie

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  22. I adore the pictures in these books :D They are so cute and lovely. <3

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    1. Thanks, Carina. So glad you enjoy the illustrations. ~Jess and Stephanie

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