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Reviewed by Kristen Van Kampen (Teen Reviewer) for Readers' Favorite
Nutmeg Street: Egyptian Secrets by Sherrill Joseph is a suspenseful mystery novel following the four main characters, Lexi, Lanny, Moki, and Rani, as they try to find a stolen Egyptian urn and prove that their family friend Dr. Thornsley was not the thief. However, they soon discover that the case is far more than just a theft as a masked man has been creeping around the Thornsley home and damaging the Egyptian pond in the backyard. Things escalate even further when the four friends are themselves attacked, almost being run over by a car. Will Lexi, Lanny, Moki, and Rani manage to solve the case before anything else happens?
With an intriguing mystery and interesting characters, Nutmeg Street by Sherrill Joseph is an entertaining read. I appreciated that the mystery is introduced in the very first chapter because it drew me into the story right away, and the chase scene at the end of that chapter made me want to keep reading. The book is highly descriptive, which helps paint a picture of the action, while the map at the beginning helps the reader follow the characters’ travels around their neighborhood and to visualize the setting better. I learned a lot about ancient Egypt, snakes, and even a few Hawaiian words by reading this book. I liked the fact that the characters all had distinct personalities, interests, fears, and habits, which helped to make them feel more real. I enjoyed reading this book and recommend it.