Fantastic Red City Review of Book 4, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series!

I am thrilled to receive a fantastic review of Book 4, The Case of the Brown Scraggly Dog of Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series.

Thank you, Red City Review!


★★★★★  The Case of the Brown Scraggly Dog is the fourth entry in Janice Spina’s middle-grade series about twin detectives Derek and Davey Donato. The two boys share a gift for magical powers and a bond that allows them to communicate mind-to-mind, which they’ve termed ‘TT’ or ‘twin telepathy.’ Still fledgling warlocks, Davey and Derek receive training from their Aunt Gigi, who is herself an experienced magic-user. One day during training the trio encounters a startled stray dog, and they immediately launch an investigation into the dog’s owner and condition. The group also receives help from the spirit of a cat named Mianna, who lives inside Aunt Gigi’s crystal ball, and their friend Mickey “Cat” Catonni. With such a dynamic team working earnestly to help a lost dog find its owner, it’s just a matter of time before the case is solved. But what discoveries will solving this mystery bring?

This is a sweet, classically entertaining story about two charming boys, as well as their quirky group of friends and family. Over the course of the series, Spina has built up a collection of characters whose emotional openness and intellectual curiosity will doubtlessly draw in and enthrall young readers. Having established Derek and Davey’s status as novice magicians, one could easily imagine the exciting and hilarious directions in which this series might be diverted. While The Case of the Brown Scraggly Dog certainly provides enough appeal to stand on its own, the story’s real pull is in allowing the reader to ask, “What mischief will Derek and Davey get up to next?”

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Thank you for stopping by! I am doing a happy dance and am thrilled! I can’t thank Red City Review enough for this wonderful review! It made my day!



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About jjspina

Janice is an award-winning author with 12 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 7 middle-grade/preteen/young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 3 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her children's book, Lamby the Lonely Lamby, won a Silver Medal in the Mom's Choice Awards. Book 1, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, The Case of the Missing Cell Phone, won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and Honorable Mention from Readers' Favorite Book Awards. Book 2, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, The Case of the Mysterious Black Cat, won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and so did Book 3, The Case of the Magical Ivory Elephant, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series. Jerry the Crabby Crayfish, Broose the Moose on the loose, Colby the Courageous Cat, Book 5, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost, and Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe, all won Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards. Book 5 of Davey & Derek also won a Silver Medal from Authorsdb Cover Contest. Hunting Mariah was a Finalist in Authorsdb First Lines Contest. Book 4 of Davey & Derek Series was a Finalist in Red City Review. All Janice's books are available on, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on Book 3 of Abby & Holly series for girls, a fairy tale and Book 6 of Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series. A YA fantasy series will be coming in 2019 along with more children's books. Her hobbies are crocheting, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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12 Responses to Fantastic Red City Review of Book 4, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series!

  1. Congratulations on the review.

  2. dgkaye says:

    Huge congrats Janice! I’m sharing in my FB group, but remember, feel free to post reviews for your books in my Literary Divas Group on FB, I will share this there now. ❤

    • jjspina says:

      Thank you, Debby! I keep forgetting about that, sorry. So busy lately with everything. I will be taking some much needed time offline away from all social media. Need to rest, relax and lay back. If you don’t hear from me for a couple of weeks in June, that’s why. Hugs xx

      • dgkaye says:

        Thanks for letting me know Janice. I like to keep track of my friends when they go M.I. A. LOL. Good for you, we all need a break and you are always on the go. Relax and rejuvenate! 🙂 ❤

      • jjspina says:

        Thanks, DD by! I am honored to call you friend! Wish we lived closer. 😘

      • dgkaye says:

        I knowwwwww right? Thank goodness for the internet or we would be lonely as writers. 🙂 We’ll meet one day, I’m sure! ❤

      • jjspina says:

        I would love that! Hugs xx
        I just looked at my response. I have no idea what DD by means?! It was supposed to say Thank you, Debby! LOL! ❤️

      • dgkaye says:

        Lol, no worries, I got the drift. It happens when we’re on the computer too much, lol. ❤

  3. This is a super review, Janice.

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