Middle-Grade Mystery Monday Solutions
The Case of the Fruity Felon
(Posted July 1, 2013)
Acey gave himself away when he said he only heard the front bell tinkle twice. If Adam Pearmain had stolen the tiara, Acey would have heard the bell ring three times: once when Adam Pearmain came in, once when he left with the stolen tiara, and once more when Miss McIntosh came into the store. Adam walked in on Acey stealing the tiara. When Acey heard the first bell, he hid the tiara in the apple pie he was baking. Adam knew he only had a few seconds to do something, so he quickly ripped several letters from the sign to alert Miss McIntosh to the tiara’s location. A-P-P-L-E. Adam Pearmain never left the bakery. Acey grabbed Adam Pearmain and stashed him in an apple barrel, hoping the signmaker’s “disappearance” would make him look guilty.
The Clever Cheese Curl Caper
(Posted July 8, 2013)
Katy wrote three words: STAIN, DINNER, and DOOR. The three little details were enough to help Chief Putt solve the rest. Elmer was right. Curly’s Cheesy Cheese Curls were Freyburg’s favorite snack food. They were also the messiest. They left orange, crumbly stains on your fingers that smudged everything a snacker touched, including green bean cans. Reggie had stayed behind to stock the shelves, including the cans of green beans that had left a crumbly orange stain on the Chief’s uniform. He wasn’t hungry for dinner that night, even though his mother had served his favorite foods. Of course not! He was already full from eating all the Cheesy Cheese Curls! But, the real sneak was Elmer. He didn’t like Mike Mulligan moving in on his grocery territory. So, when he arrived at the store and figured out what his son had done and saw Mike sneaking a peek on the video tape, he saw a perfect opportunity to frame his competitor. But, if he had gone straight to the front of the store like he told Chief Putt, he couldn’t have known the back door lock was broken – unless he had done it himself!
The Problem of the Pilfered Pumpkin
(Posted October 14, 2013)
Katy saw Dwayne picking little BLACK hairs from his shirt. Only someone who had been near Toby's house and his pumpkin would have come into contact with Shadow, Toby's cat. Toby admitted that Shadow rubbed against ANYONE who came around the house. That would include a pumpkin pilferer. When Toby sneezed, Katy was certain. Dwayne snuck onto Toby's porch and stole his pumpkin in the hopes of winning the contest himself. A new mountain bike was too much for Dwayne to resist. Mrs. Winkle made Dwayne give the pumpkin back to Toby AND weed his pumpkin patch for a month!
The Case of the Bungled Bagels
(Posted August 15, 2016)
Katy noticed that the numbers on the slip were an anadrome. The numbers could mean two different things depending on your point of view! When viewed upside down, the number read 909 instead of 606, which was the correct address for Buster Braeburn's coffee shop. Freddie had accidentally flipped the paper the wrong way when he read the address and inadvertently delivered the batch of bagels to Cripps' Coffee Corner by mistake. Carl Cripps thought his assistant had ordered the bagels. When he was told of the mistake, he willingly gave the profits from bagel sales to Buster.
The Case of the Mangy Mutt
(Posted August 22, 2016)
Katy had really done her homework when she wrote her school biology report. She had covered breeds of dogs from all over the world. Jona Gold was right about one thing...mange DID cause infected dogs to lose hair. What she didn't expect was Katy to know the name of the Xoloitzcuintli, the Mexican hairless dog. Jona had seen Honey bringing Rufus to the park every day and concocted her plan to accuse the shaggy dog of damaging her "prize show dog". In reality, she had just purchased the hairless pet from a breeder as part of her plan. Katy foiled Jona's plot to sue Honey for money she definitely didn't deserve and saved Rufus from being "dogged" by the con artist. Rufus promptly thanked her with more sloppy kisses. Honey adopted Xolo, who may not have been a show dog, but he made a very happy pet.
The Accusation of the Awful Apples
(Posted November 5, 2018)
First, Katie pointed out that the box Peter claimed to be from Bella’s shop was blue. All of Bella’s boxes were pink. Additionally, Peter’s hands were blistered. When Katie had seen Bella earlier in the day, her hands were unblemished. Katy had just finished reading about the manchineel plant, a poisonous, apple-like fruit native to Florida. Some people believed that the ancient Calusa Indians dipped their arrows in the sap of the plant to poison their enemies like,perhaps, Ponce de Leon. It could cause blisters and redness on the skin, or worse! With Katie’s help, Chief Putt had realized that Peter had wanted Bella’s prime location to open his own restaurant. After a bad review failed to sabotage her business, he resorted to something more dangerous. He had secured several machineel fruits on his trip down to Florida and crafted the poisonous pastry on his own to frame Bella getting several painful blisters in the process. Luckily, Katie’s quick eye and love of history had thwarted his dastardly plan.