The Haunting Of Smith Orchard
by Jimmie R. Pennington
Review: 4 Stars
A great adventure for young readers.
Strange things happen when Ellis, Wanda and young Timmy move with their parents into an old farmhouse and orchard. Noises come from the upstairs bedroom, and a picture is moved from an old trunk in the attic.
The kids hear a story from Joe, the foreman at the orchard, about Amanda and Eli Smith, past owners of Smith Orchard. Amanda was home alone when she fell from a stool while cleaning a chandelier and hit her head, and although she crawled out to the deck, Amanda died before help could reach her. Eli was left devastated, especially when he couldn’t find the special locket his wife had always worn.
Ellis, Wanda and Timmy are determined to find the locket that has remained lost since Amanda Smith’s death and, Timmy in particular, is convinced Eli’s ghost is trying to help them by leaving clues to solve the mystery.
They’re aided by Joe, who comes to believe the kids are correct. Joe builds them a clubhouse so the kids can use it as their headquarters. They hide their discoveries in it and plan their next strategic steps.
The days pass quickly and they become desperate to find the locket. It will soon be time for the three intrepid investigators to head back to school.
Do they find the locket and solve the mystery?
I can only say, you had better buy the book and read it.
I’d recommend this book to children who like to solve mysteries and who love an adventure.
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I am Nemein I am not a murderer. I am emotionally detached from my killings. I am, therefore, an instrument of Nemesis, a punisher. This is a theme running through a number of blogs on the Dark Web, written by a serial killer. He is highly intelligent and employs philosophical argument to justify a series of gruesome murders. However, he describes the killings in lurid detail, and with such gloating relish, that he utterly negates his delusion of detachment and reveals himself to be a cold-blooded, narcissistic psychopath.
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A Dragon statue. An ancient sword. A body in the orchard.
What secret has remained hidden at Thornton Park for the last eighty years?
It’s 1927 in Victoria, Australia. A time after the Great War when women have more options opened to them.
At a weekend house party at Thornton Park, Alexandra Thornton decides to break the news to her father that she wants to be an antiques dealer, like her father, grandfather and great-grandfather before her.
Then a body is found in the orchard, and before the weekend is over, a priceless artefact is stolen.
Alexandra is determined to discover how these things are connected to the Ming dragon and the antiques her great-grandfather brought with him from Hong Kong so many years ago.
What treasure is worth killing to possess