“You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.” ~Madeleine L’Engle, author of A Wrinkle in Time Quintet

Welcome to the official middle grade mystery website for

Sherrill Joseph, Author!

Warmest greetings to my favorite readers–those of you who are nine to twelve years old.
Welcome also to parents, grandparents, teachers, librarians, and all readers.

                                              Please join the four Botanic Hill Detectives as they find themselves entangled in one hair-raising mystery after another, often in or near their beautiful coastal Pacific hometown of Las Palmitas, in sun-drenched Southern California. Won’t you help them as they attempt to conquer venomous snakes, blackmailers, thieves, cursed gemstones, and secret passages?


Adventures await you!


Nutmeg Street: Egyptian Secrets, Book 1 in the Botanic Hill Detectives Mysteries series, was  published on February 1, 2020, by Acorn Publishing. It is available on Amazon and other sites:

Order the Paperback on Amazon

 To Support Your Local Indie Book Store:  Order the Paperback from Indie Bound  or From Bookshop.org

Order the eBook on Amazon  or  Order the eBook from Barnes & Noble or Other Fine Retailers

Order the Audiobook if New to Audible   or   Order the Audiobook if Already an Audible Member


Note: The paperback can be ordered by any bookstore. Just ask. Support your favorite local indie bookstore!


Book 2, Eucalyptus Street: Green Curse released on October 20, 2020.

Book 3: Walnut Street: Phantom Rider releases on November 9, 2021. Yay!

Book 4: Saffron Street: Island Danger is currently being written. Projected release in 2022. Stay tuned . . .


Time to prepare! Check your flashlight batteries. And dust off that magnifying glass.

Thank you! Sherrill Joseph

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