“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. Click below to purchase. The paperback can be ordered by any book store. And, please support your local indie book store.


  Indie Bound   Bookshop

    Other Fine Retailers           Audible

Barnes&Noble           BAM!


Book 2, Eucalyptus Street: Green Curse, was published on October 20, 2020, by Acorn Publishing. Click below to purchase. And, please support your local indie book store.

                                                                                  Amazon      IndieBound       Bookshop      Barnes&Noble     Other Fine Retailers     Audible    BAM!


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. Dust off that magnifying glass. And get ready for adventure!

Thank you! Sherrill Joseph

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