The Best Mistake Mystery

Overview

Some people count their blessings, but dogwalker Stephen Nobel counts mistakes.

Dogwalker extraordinaire Stephen Nobel can get a little anxious, but his habit of counting the mistakes he and everyone else makes calms him. His need to analyze gets kicked into hyperdrive after two crazy events happen in one day at school: the bomb squad blows up a backpack and someone smashes a car into the building.

To make things worse, that someone thinks Stephen can identify them. Stephen receives a threatening text. If he goes to the police, his favourite dogs, Ping and Pong, will get hurt. The pressure mounts when his new best friend, Renée, begs for Stephen’s help. Her brother has been charged with the crimes and she wants to clear his name.

Is it a mistake to give in to dognappers? How can he possibly save everybody? To find out, Stephen will have to count on all of his new friends.

Awards

Commended
Dewey Divas and the Dudes Winter 2017 pick

Reviews

A doggone good mystery!

Linwood Barclay, author of Far From True

As fun and frisky as the dogs that Stephen walks, and it’s refreshing to see both an affectionate father-son relationship and a sweet coed friendship represented so genuinely.

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A quick and enjoyable read...with amusing scenes and interesting characters. Well done!

Marsha Skrypuch, author of Stolen Child and Making Bombs for Hitler

Delightful.

Kirkus Reviews

The Best Mistake Mystery is a fun and complex mystery that will keep readers curious until the end. Based on this first installment, The Great Mistake Mysteries promises to be a great new series.

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About the Author

Sylvia McNicoll

Posted by Kendra on April 12, 2016
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Sylvia McNicoll

Sylvia McNicoll is the author of over thirty novels, including The Great Mistake Mysteries series. Her YA novel Bringing up Beauty won the Ontario Library Silver Birch Award. She has been shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Young Adult Crime Book Award for Crush.Candy.Corpse, and the Rocky Mountain Book Award for Revenge on the Fly. She lives in Burlington, Ontario.