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 multi-award-winning author with 37 books: 18 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, one young adult book, written under Janice Spina, and 5 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 books have received 28 Book Awards and a few Finalists in contests. AWARDS: 4 MOM'S CHOICE AWARDS - SILVER MEDAL - Lamby the Lonely Lamby, Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon, Louey the Lazy Elephant, Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear 11 PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS - Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Books 1, 2, 3, 5, & 6. Abby & Holly Series, Books 1-6 READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - HONORABLE MENTION - Davey & Derek Book 1, READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - SILVER MEDAL - Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, Book 3 READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - BRONZE MEDAL - Abby & Holly Book 1 READERS’ FAVORITE AWARDS - HONORABLE MENTION — Abby & Holly Book 2 READERS’ FAVORITE AWARDS - FINALIST - Davey & Derek Book 6 5 PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS - Jerry the Crabby Crayfish, Broose the Moose on the loose, Colby the Courageous Cat, Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe, Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey BOOK EXCELLENCE AWARD - FINALIST - Davey & Derek Book 6 Authorsdb Cover Contest Silver Medal - Davey & Derek Book 5 FINALISTS: Authorsdb First Lines Contest, - Hunting Mariah and Mariah's Revenge were Finalists Red City Review Awards - Finalist - Davey & Derek Book 4 READERS’ FAVORITE BOOK AWARDS - 5-STAR REVIEW - Davey & Derek Book 4 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 1 of a YA fantasy series. There will be six books in all in this series. She hopes to work on a series of four books in a crime/mystery genre that will be offsprings of her thriller, Hunting Mariah. Her hobbies are crocheting, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, tap dancing, 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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