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Eucalyptus Street: Green Curse by Sherrill Joseph is book 2 of The Botanic Hill Detectives Mysteries. Lorenzo de Cordoba was a famous silent movie actor and in 1945 he hid an emerald somewhere in the Eucalyptus Street estate owned by the Cordoba family. Not just any emerald, though – this is a multimillion-dollar stone, the stuff of legend. Seventy years on, and the stone is still hidden. It has gained a reputation for causing many early deaths in the family and has earned the nickname “the green curse.” Cordoba’s great-granddaughter, Isabella, receives a letter on her 21st birthday containing a cryptic poem she must decipher to find the stone. Her neighbors, the Botanic Hills Detectives, step in to help, and more than one thing goes bump in the night on their hunt. As they explore and uncover the estate’s secrets, they discover they are not alone – someone else is after the emerald, and the race is on.
Eucalyptus Street: Green Curse by Sherrill Joseph is a spooky story packed with tension and scary characters along the way – ghosts, vampires, and an old witch. It’s a page-turner with so much going on that you won’t want to put it down and it contains everything you need for an incredible mystery that sends plenty of shivers down the spine. The descriptive writing makes you a part of the story and the detective squad, and you will find yourself joining the hunt for the emerald. The characters are well developed and likable, even the baddies, and, although I hadn't read the first book in the series, there was plenty of detail in this one to enjoy it as a standalone. Like any series, though, you should read them all in order. Eucalyptus Street: Green Curse is fantastic for older kids/younger teens; a thoroughly enjoyable story.