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A Series of Middle-Grade Mystery Novels by John Madormo

Ever been stuffed into a locker…discovered fake barf on your desk…or had your lunch money stolen?  At last, a remedy for those annoying, anonymous middle-school pranks.  Help is but a desk away.  All one need do is seek out the services of yours truly, Charlie Collier, Snoop for Hire.

I may only be twelve years old but I just happen to be a bona fide private investigator.  In the classroom, I'm head and shoulders, and one belt notch, above the rest.  My wit—more biting; my mind—more analytical; my  rates—a dollar a day plus expenses; and my frame—slightly rounded.

Maybe you’ve heard of me. No? That’s hard to believe. Well, then you’re one of the few folks in Oak Grove, Illinois, who hasn’t. I’m practically a legend—at least at Roosevelt Middle School, that is. Everybody knows me there. 

You see, I help folks—for a price that is. Take Josh Hartley, 6th grade class president, for instance. When Josh was falsely accused of a crime he didn’t commit, he sought out my services. And who do you suppose identified the real culprit who dumped live goldfish into the principal’s water cooler? Yep, that was me.  

When Tracy Hudson, cheerleader captain, found herself on the hot seat, she called me too. And who do you think exposed the real perpetrator who teepeed the teachers’ lounge? Yep, me again.

If you have a burning problem, we can help.  Our team (me and my partner, Henry Cunningham) won't rest until we solve your case.  We can talk about all of this in my office...our garage.  But we can only meet there when my parents aren't at home.  They don't approve of my little business venture. 

And if you like brain teasers, you'll love the Charlie Collier, Snoop for Hire series.  It's filled with them.  And if I do say so myself, there's no one better at solving brain teasers than yours truly.  You see, I was born with these amazing powers of deduction.  For me, a word problem....is no problem. 

If you'd like to read about some of my adventures, you'll want to get your hands on Mystery #1 - "The Homemade Stuffing Caper," Mystery #2 - "The Camp Phoenix Caper," and Mystery #3 - "The Copycat Caper."  All three are available (in hardcover and paperback) in bookstores nationwide and online.   

If you'd would like to purchase any of the books in the series, you can visit the 

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page on this website.  You will see find information on buying books directly from this site, from a pair of independent bookstores in the Chicagoland area, as well as links to national book chains.  I guarantee you won't be disappointed.




A Series of Middle-Grade Mystery Novels by John Madormo
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                      Reading Level:  
                      Ages 9 and up
Follett named The Camp Phoenix Caper and the The Copycat Caper to its list of books for 
"STRUGGLING & RELUCTANT READERS."
Bank Street College of Education in New York named The Homemade Stuffing Caper to its
 "BEST CHILDREN'S BOOKS OF 2013."
  The International Spy Museum 
in Washington, D.C. has added
The Homemade Stuffing Caper 
to its list of 
"RECOMMENDED BOOKS FOR KIDS."
Critical Acclaim for the Charlie Collier Snoop for Hire Series
The Chicago Public School system added 
The Homemade Stuffer Caper to its 
"2014 BATTLE OF THE BOOKS LIST."
Meet Charlie Collier Snoop for Hire
Chicago Tribune reporter, Gary Gibula, praised the Charlie Collier Snoop for Hire series.
Read his article

​"A very clever, absorbing new young reader whodunit series."
"I loved reading 
the Homemade Stuffing Caper. 
The mystery is challenging. The many characters in the book are great fun."
David A. Adler, 
Author of the Cam Jansen Mysteries
Bank Street College of Education in New York named The Camp Phoenix Caper to its
 "BEST CHILDREN'S BOOKS OF 2014."
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