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Winner, Gold Medal, Rocky Mountain Book Award

Shortlisted for John Spray Mystery Award

Shortlisted for Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award


When cousins Sébastien, Geneviève, Claire, Alex and Olivia arrive at Grandma’s cottage on Otter Island, they find her distraught. The Tantalus Mining company wants Grandma’s property, and if she can’t produce the deed, she will lose her beloved home. The problem is that Grandpa, who died recently, hid the deed, and Grandma can’t remember where. Will strange clues scribbled on Grandma’s recipes help the kids solve the mystery of the missing deed? The book includes recipes by Merri Schwartz, a professional pastry chef.


“A delightful mystery for 10 and up… Schwartz mixes tricky codes and ciphers with facts and interesting characters… The theme of environmental protection is well explained and the clues to the mystery are ingeniously sprinkled throughout a packet of recipes… Good dialogue, well-differentiated characters and a wholesome setting complete this old-fashioned mystery.” – Jury, John Spray Mystery Award


“Schwartz has found a real recipe for success in this series. Highly Recommended.” CM Magazine


Tundra Books, 2011

ISBN 978-0-88776-959-7, 189 pages, hardcover, ages 8 to 12


The Case of the Missing Deed

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