Mystery lovers are in for a treat with this first in a new series. Super smart nine year old Shelby Holmes is already in the sixth grade and in spite of a somewhat prickly personality, her powers of observation and deduction have given her the reputation of being the best detective in her Harlem neighborhood. When eleven year old John Watson and his mom move into an apartment downstairs of Shelby, he is intrigued by this classmate and determined to become her friend and sleuthing sidekick. When a classmate’s prize winning show dog disappears, Shelby and John join forces to find the thief. Is a jealous competitor the culprit or could the dog’s trainer be responsible for the disappearance? A story that emphasizes the importance of accepting others regardless of their quirks will appeal to readers 9+.