The Note Hunter: The Case of the Haunted Swamp is a mystery adventure for ages 8 and up and is now available as an eBook at Amazon.com.
The adventure begins over two hundred years ago, when Wolfgang Mozart composed his Perfect Symphony, using ink made from pure gold to create every note. So extraordinary were the golden notes that they jumped right off the pages of the manuscript and ran away, seeking adventure across the globe.
Today, there’s only one detective in the world who can bring them back together. He’s a talented musician who can play any instrument. He’s a brilliant detective who can solve any mystery. And he’s only three-inches tall. A three-inch tall mouse to be exact – who goes by the name of T.W. Strouse.
In The Case of The Haunted Swamp, strange sounds are emanating from deep within the Louisiana Bayou. Could the source be Mozart’s legendary Golden Notes? T.W. Strouse travels into the foreboding bayou to get to the murky bottom of the musical mystery.
The artwork: Can I just say that at a first glance, I LOVE the illustrations? I am an illustrator myself and I sense a Disney-like style in the way the artist drew the animals. Still, it seems to be not an exact copy of Disney characters, but he made it his own style. Seeing that he worked for several tv cartoon series, it’s no surprise. Definitely a book that has beautiful pictures to enjoy!
The style: The book is obviously written for children with a big vocabulary, for older kids, or who would like to expand their vocabulary. Sentences like, “Another bluster ruffled his double-breasted trench coat” or “as he plummeted toward the pavement” and other long descriptions are not uncommon. Sometimes French or Italian words are expressed, and typically some characters speak with a heavy accent, expressed in the different spelling of the words they say. It makes it a little harder to read, but It brings the characters to life. I like it.
The “Note Hunter” series is sure to become a hit with the early reader group, with a good story, lovely characters and spectacular illustrations. Davida Chazan, Jerusalem, Israel
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The Note Hunter:The Case of the Haunted Swamp is available for purchase on Amazon:
Potential buyers should know that there are two versions of the book – one in full color for color tablets, and one in black and white – for the Paperwhite.