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Reviewed by Lee Ashford for Readers' Favorite
The Phantom of Hunter’s Creek by Kristin Noller is an exciting debut mystery in which three pre-high school girls must find a hidden treasure to save the farm belonging to the grandparents of one of the girls. In the meantime, their small home town is swarming with uninvited and unwanted out-of-town treasure seekers, a phantom whose midnight door-knocking portends potential danger, and a tall man in a suit who seems to be stalking the girls. Written by Kristin Noller, herself not much older than the girls of Hunter’s Creek, The Phantom of Hunter’s Creek is exceptionally well-written and edited. The story is very engaging, and the plot quite believable. Noller’s characters are perfectly developed, and the entire package is such that the reader is drawn right into the thick of the action. Will the girls be able to stay one step ahead of the out-of-town treasure hunters? What about the tall man in the suit… is he after the treasure, or is he after the girls? And the phantom… could it possibly be a real phantom, or is somebody acting out the role to scare away competing treasure seekers?
I found myself reluctant to put down The Phantom of Hunter’s Creek before I could read the entire novel. As I believe most people do, I like to read until I find a good “stopping place” before I go in for dinner, or go to bed. The problem is, there WAS no good “stopping place” until the end of the epilogue! I was thoroughly captivated by the story, and was astonished to learn that Kristin Noller had just completed her sophomore year of high school when she penned this thrilling mystery for readers in their pre-teens and older. I predict a long and glorious career for this talented young author, and will be keeping my eyes open for her next contribution to the world of mystery fiction.