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Mystery at Salt Marsh Bridge
by John M. Prophet   

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Young Adult/Teen

Publisher:  iUniverse ISBN-10:  0595176690 Type: 


Copyright:  Jan 22 2001

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Two teenagers, Casey Miller and Lexie Wentworth discover the reason for the disappearance of a teenage girl who died a century ago. When they pursue the case further, they encounter a series of life threatening episodes involving blackmail, murder and a cache of valuable gold coins.

The muffled sound of the back door opening startled Casey and Lexie. When they heard the pounding of footsteps directly over their heads they huddled closer together and held their breath. They traced Jake's footsteps from the kitchen through the dining room and into the living room at the front of the house.

"Jake is alone," whispered Casey.

There was a moment of silence.

"What's he doing?" whispered Lexie.

Before Casey could answer, they heard a swishing sound, as if something was being dragged across the floor above them. Without warning, the cellar door opened accompanied by its loud scraping noise and a beam of light from the kitchen lit up the cellar staircase. Casey and Lexie tried to move farther away, but they were huddled against a cold fieldstone wall. Again, they clutched each other as if to try to make themselves smaller. Jake was coming down. There were footsteps on the staircase, then a scraping sound. Suddenly, the crawl space was flooded with light. Jake had pulled a string attached to a single light bulb over the stairway. He stood hunched over at the bottom of the stairs dressed in a black and red checked winter coat, a hat with earmuffs, gloves and boots laced up to his knees. Neither Casey nor Lexie could see his face as he tugged at a large object wrapped in a blanket which he took hold of and dragged to the bottom of the stairs.

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Casey Miller
If I had to spend the day with one character from Mystery at Salt Marsh Bridge, it would probably be Casey Miller. One reason is so I can take him to a therapist. He's always so angry all the time and could use some professional help. Another reason is because we share a similar personality. When something happens, I tend to drag it out for a long time. Casey seems like an interesting person to hang out with. Anonymous Reader.

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Reviewed by Hanley Harding 1/15/2002
John doesn't "mess around" with superfluous prose. His book is straightforward storytelling... enjoyable storytelling!

Reviewed by Joann Muszynski 1/15/2002
Downloaded the preview and am ready to read it all start to finish!
Reviewed by Christopher Treagus 1/15/2002
Exciting and fast paced. Brings you right into the action. I can't wait to read more! John Prophet has a very present style. I felt as though I were right there with his characters. And that, from just the excerpt!
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Reviewed by John Martin 1/13/2002
From the excerpt I've read, you have a powerful and clear writer's voice and a strong command of your story. The story itself is quick to grab one's interest. Nice work
Reviewed by Phillip Bailey 11/18/2001
I read the excerpt of "Mystery at Salt Marsh Bridge," by John Prophet. The dialog between the characters was exciting and the story left me wanting for more. I ordered the book today and will order one for my teenage niece. It's about time there is quality work again for young adults.
Reviewed by susie harrison 9/23/2001
Refreshing to see this great mystery by John Prophet. Our teen youth are in desperate need of new, clean, and intriguing material to read. Mr. Prophet I believe has the insight to capture the imagination of our growing youngsters, as well as a few adults! The author is descriptive and holds the element of suspence while the two youngsters Casey and Lexie stumble upon a frightening mystery that leads them to a world of the past and the present. I can picture my teenage children enthralled in this great adventure!

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