A detective, as defined by Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is "one who is employed or engaged in detecting (determining the facts) lawbreakers or in getting information that is not readily or publicly accessible."
So, when you think of detectives, do the names Sherlock Holmes, Nancy Drew, and the Hardy Boys come to mind? While these notable figures are certainly some of the most well known crime-solvers in literature, the characters in Hauntings and Heists, Book #1 of The Mysterious Four series by Dan Poblocki, can be called detectives in their own right.
In this book, you'll meet Viola, Sylvester, Rosie, and Woodrow, the members of the Mysterious Four group, as they try to solve various unknowns and mysteries in six questions or less. And if you're thinking, how are these four middle schoolers solving crimes in six questions or less? Not to worry because these "mysteries" are really stepping stones to becoming superb detectives. The characters focus on finding all of the facts, observing their surroundings, looking for minute details, and thinking outside of the box in order to come up with the final answer to the question.
I highly recommend this short yet entertaining read to anyone who's interested in coming up with the right question(s) to solve a mystery.
— Carly M., Stacks Blogger