Review of The Crypto Capers Book: The Case of the Missing Sock and The Case of Red Rock Canyon by Renee Hand

The Case of the Missing Sock
Are You A Puzzle Solver? You know those crossword puzzles, then there are word scrambles. Well, now you will find cryptograms to work on to help solve mysteries along with a group of young children plus their Granny!

Renee Hand’s stunning new mystery series, The Crypto-Capers, is an excellent read for your children. Thanks to Cheryl Malandrinos for giving me the opportunity to review these great detective books. I received signed copies with bookmarks and a sweet note enclosed from the author of the Case of the Missing Sock and the Case of Red Rock Canyon. A big thank you to Renee Hand for such a warm welcome to her new children’s mystery book series!

Book #1 The Crypto-Capers: The Case of the Missing Sock

Right from the beginning Renee’s award winning style of writing draws you in. The author is able to create an atmosphere of mystery and wonder through likable and well-known characters such as Sherlock Holmes. Throughout the book, you will follow Max and Mia, young detectives who are asked from a rich man in Florida to help find his wife’s stolen birthday present. It seems an antique sock with a specially made pair of sunglasses tucked inside is missing.

I must warn you from the beginning, you will not want to put this book down because it is that good. One book can easily be read in a day. Basically, the plot revolves around Max and Mia easily solving clues using cryptograms. The Crypto -Capers are a team of young siblings Max and Mia from London, plus their lovable Granny Nellie Holmes who is always forgetting something or wandering off and the sibling’s best friend, Morris a computer genius.

What I especially like about the Case of the Missing Sock is how these youngsters go about finding solutions through their great deductions and reasoning skills. Children will get involved with reading this book on any level and will have fun figuring out the paper clues. Of course, if you get stumped, Renee easily provides answers to the cryptograms at the back of the book… but wait, no peeking. You’ll discover and solve the clues right along with Max and Mia throughout these wonderful children’s mystery series. My rating is 5+ stars. I loved this book. The price $12.95

Book #2 The Case of Red Rock Canyon

The Case of Red Rock Canyon
Now the second book of the series is called The Case of Red Rock Canyon. I have been told that it’s important to read this particular series in order. With Book #2, the stolen item and assignment is A missing Orchid Ruby Necklace. The team heads to Las Vegas, Nevada, where they are thrown into the dramatic world of theater to solve their next mystery.

Personally, I found Book #2 action packed and intense at times. You know, the kind of material kids love to read. The young detective team must sift through the clues to figure out what is truth, and what are lies. One of their lives will be in the balance. I think you will find this book an adventure of self-discovery and courage!

I highly recommend Renee Hands mystery series for children ages 9-12 and their parents. The paperback books are reasonably priced and the treasures inside are priceless. I am fond of the character Nellie because I am a Grandma also. And it is quite an adventure to be with my two precious Grandsons! As I recall, my Mother was so good at doing crossword puzzles. I found myself being drawn into solving all these paper clues along with the professional team of Max and Mia. What fun!

The Crypto-Capers: The Case of Red Rock Canyon

I have made a strong connection with Renee’s writings. She reminds me of a modern day ‘Joan Wilder’. Congratulations Renee Hand on a winning series of children’s mystery books!

For more information about this lovely lady, visit her website

Much continued success to Renee,

P.S the Blog Tour kicks off soon. Take a look at the trailer!
The Crypto-Capers by Renée Hand

Promotional video for the new children's interactive detective series by Renée Hand. In "The Crypto-Capers" readers must solve the cryptograms and puzzles to help the detectives solve the ...

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  1. Thanks for your excellent reviews of Renee's books. I'm so glad you enjoyed them. I'm holding on to my copies because I know my girls will enjoy them when they get a bit older.

    There is now a video trailer for "The Case of the Missing Sock". You and your readers can find it at

    Thanks again for being a tour host and for the excellent reviews.

    Good luck with your blog. I hope we get a chance to work together in the future.


  2. Lady D,
    Thank you so much for reviewing my books. I greatly appreciate it. What a pleasure and an honor it is. Thank you so much for everything and good luck in all of your future endeavors.

    Renee Hand
    The Crypto-Capers Series



  3. Lady D,
    Thank you so much for reviewing my books. I greatly appreciate it. What a pleasure and an honor it is. Thank you so much for everything and good luck in all of your future endeavors.

    Renee Hand
    The Crypto-Capers Series



  4. What great reviews. Good job. I am anxiously awaiting my copies to post reviews as well. Renee hopefully will be reviewing my books.

    If you are interested in reviewing another "mystery" type puzzle book, I am working on a geography series where each state will be the mystery and the clues are given like Jeopardy answers and the characters have figure out the state based on the clues given. All the clues are general facts, a bit of history, a bit of geography and some trivia thrown in that will lead the reader and the characters to the state by the end of the story. Check out my blog - for more info about the books. Email me at if you are interested in checking out my books - thanks - E :)

    Elysabeth Eldering
    Author of the Junior Geography Detective Squad (JGDS), 50-state, mystery, trivia series

    STATE OF WILDERNESS, Book 1 of 50 now available.
    STATE OF QUARRIES, book 2 of 50 now available
    STATE OF RESERVATIONS, book 3 of 50 coming 2009

    WHERE WILL THE ADVENTURE TAKE YOU NEXT? (series newsletter forum)

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