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Dew Drop Dead: A Sebastian Barth Mystery [Hardcover]

James Howe

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30 April 1990 Sebastian Barth Mystery
Snooping around the mysteriously abandoned Dew Drop Inn, Sebastian Barth and his best friends, David Lepinsky and Corrie Wingate, are startled to come upon what they are certain is a dead body. Sebastian is the first to put into words what they all believe: A murder has been committed. When they return with the police, however, the body is gone! "A homeless man sleeping off a drink, " is the police chief's explanation. But Sebastian and his friends are not ready to believe that. They are sure the body they saw was dead, not unconscious. As the three undertake their own further investigation, more and more questions arise: Who was the man? Was he alone? And most important of all, is there a connection between the man they saw and one or more of the homeless people Corrie's father, a minister, is trying to help? The answers to the questions do not come until the three have made a number of discoveries, some of them more horrifying than they had expected. Dew Drop Dead is the fourth mystery in the Sebastian Barth series. Using rural Connecticut as a background, this tension-filled story is told with a unique blend of humor and seriousness, as it unravels a challenging puzzle and explores a difficult social problem.

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  • Hardcover: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers; Library Binding edition (30 April 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689314256
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689314254
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.6 x 1.9 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,669,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Mystery of Dew Drop Dead 6 May 2004
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I think that Dew Drop Dead by James Howe is a fantastic book. It was very mysterious and suspenseful. In this book Sebastain, a young boy, and his friends decide to investigate an abandoned inn. They find a dead body in a second floor bedroom. When the group finds the police and comes back to the inn, the body is gone! Can a dead body disappear? The story takes was you on an adventure to find the truth behind the disappearing body. The adventure is so suspenseful that you never know what is going to happen next. I was on the edge of my seat throughout the book, not knowing what to expect when I turned the page. Dew Drop Dead is on my top ten list and I recommended it to everyone who enjoys mysteries.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It Gets You Thinking! 18 Jan 2001
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This is one of my favorite mystery books. Right away I found it difficult to put down the book. The plot was the most exciting and grabbed my attention. It kept me thinking trying to solve the mystery even when I was not reading the story. I was interested and involved throughout the book. It was very descriptive so that I could picture everything. I plan on reading more stories written by James Howe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Anoher Great Book!!!! 27 Oct 1998
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I have already read three of James Howe's books, What Erick Knew, Dew Drop Dead and Eat Your Poison, Dear. I loved this book and it got my hands glued to it. I liked the way the mystery led to another mystery and another. I think Sebastian will be a great detective when he grows up, although he already is. I love James Howe's books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dew Drop Dead 19 May 2003
By "kiara200" - Published on Amazon.com
This is an 11 yr old reader.I read this book and it caught my attention after the first chapter.I likes it so much I finished is less then a week.I must say out of all of the mystery books I have read this one is the best.I mean once u start readin it is to hard to put back down!
5.0 out of 5 stars Dew Drop Dead 10 April 2001
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I really liked this book because it was a mystery novel and those are my favorite! I also felt so much suspense all the way from beginning to end it was like the coolest book! The novel was a fiction one and I really like those because they tell a little bit of truth and the rest is mostly make bileve. The best part in this book was when the boy and his friends went inside the broken down, old restaurant and went to look around. They finally got the guts to go upstairs to see inside the bedrooms and then found the body! That was the most suspenseful part and my favorite. The two story elements that were most vivid to me were the scenery and the plot. Scenery was one because it told a lot of detail where they were and what they were doing, it got a really good mental picture in my head. The plot was also very specific in that it gave me great detail on the steps on who did it (the person who broke in) and what happend to him.
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