A Treasure in Satan's Knoll: A Booger and Beans Mystery (Paperback)
BEANS (QUINN) FAGIOLI considers herself a modern Nancy Drew with a twist. She's a feisty red-headed teenager with a thirst for crime-stopping. After six years of traipsing from Seattle to Galveston to Steubenville, Beans and her mom have settled in unsuspecting Mill Creek, New Jersey, a quaint and quiet rural town. Here they seek a stable life, one that can heal the enduring grief from the death of their father and husband. One September weekend when Balthazar (Booger) Bugerowski needs help with a fence post in his backyard, he calls upon his new neighbor Quinn (Beans) Fagioli. While the two teenagers attempt to finish what Booger and his dad had started, they uncover an unusual cache hidden deeply in the earth in front of Satan's doghouse. What is revealed astonishes both of them and causes Booger's black Standard Poodle to go ballistic. Having solved three recent cases that featured a dognapping ring, a cold case of murder, and a zombie, Beans is hungrier than ever to find success with case number four. She enlists 9th grade boy-next-door BOOGER (BALTHAZAR) BUGEROWSKI who reluctantly helps because he's got a crush on Beans. HADDIE (BOOGER'S KID SISTER). an autistic seven year old gets into the act, too, along with neighbor VITO RUSAMANO (aka Beans' black-haired Adonis), a sophomore football player by day, forensic scientist by night. Together the unique foursome plot and scheme to find success.
About the Author
Ali LaVecchia was born in Trenton, NJ, and lives in a South Jersey suburb of Philadelphia. Her first Middle Grade (MG) novel THE CASE OF THE WHITE KNIGHT received "5 Stars out of 5 Stars" on Good Reads followed by many others. Her second and third novels in the series include THE MYSTERY AT MILL CREEK BRIDGE and A ZOMBIE ON PEACOCK HILL. Ali lives with her husband John and spends her days writing, traveling and imagining.