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Book Review/Giveaway: The Phony Farkleberry #1. Ends Jan 31st


The Phony Farkleberry (Twisted Oak Amateur Detectives #1)  by Michael Scott Miller


About the Book: When a painting by legendary artist Thomas Farkleberry is stolen from the art gallery where Tyler’s mother works, Tyler’s mind races to the whispered conversation he overheard on the night of the big gala. But when his mother dismisses Tyler’s suspicions, he and his friends, Melanie, Amanda, Tubby, and Dontrelle, decide to take the investigation into their own hands. Can they crack the case before their parents discover what they are up to?


My Review: The author, Michael Scott Miller, does a good being descriptive in each chapter of the book to enable young readers understand the story.  I also like the diversity in the main characters which is needed in more stories for our youth. A mystery develops when a forgery is discovered at the local art museum. The schoolmates turned detectives set out to solve the mystery.  Each friend utilizes their unique strength to help. There was several questionable methods in which some of the kids gathered information to solve the mystery, like hacking into the network.  Overall, a good story.



FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.





About the Author: Michael Scott Miller says there is no greater compliment than when his readers say they became emotionally invested in his characters.

Michael found the inspiration for his first novel, Ladies and Gentlemen…The Redeemers, from the talented but poor musicians that stake out territories and collect change from passersby in the subways of Philadelphia. This story of a band, cobbled together from down-and-out musicians, has been described as “a lesson in persistence, perseverance, salesmanship, and faith,” and as “a fun, feel good story.”

In Michael’s second novel, The Book of Sylvia, a city girl from London and a priest in rural England confront their inner demons as they attempt to solve a mystery together. This novel  has been described as “a journey of self-discovery cloaked in a mystery,” and “a wonderfully  fun tale.”

Following these two novels, Michael decided to pursue a dream of creating a book series for children.  This creative journey led to the release of the first three books in the Twisted Oak Amateur Detectives series.  Along the way, Michael developed a deep bond with his characters–Amanda, Melanie, Dontrelle, Tubby, and Tyler–and he is excited about taking them on more adventures. To read more click on the link


Giveaway Rules


There will be 1 winner  

This Giveaway is Open to the USA Only!

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Giveaway Ends Jan 31st, 2015

Comments like these would be deleted – Great contest, please enter me, Love to win this! This is so cute!

Mandatory: Leave a comment about the review below. Leaving a helpful comment relating to this book would be appreciated and valid to the giveaway.

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Winners are selected via Random and notified by email. You have 48 hours to respond;

If no response, the prize is forfeited and an alternate winner is chosen.

This Giveaway Has Ended

Winner is #1 – Colleen

Thanks to all those that took part in this giveaway.

January 12, 2015 - Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , ,


  1. Exciting to have a new mystery series (?) for students to enjoy. My 4th graders are always looking for new books to read. Do you know what the guided reading level is?

    Comment by Colleen | January 12, 2015 | Reply

    • Hi Colleen! The books are targeted to children ages 9-12. In fact, my mother was a fourth grade teacher and I recall, as a child, reading all the books that she used in her classroom (The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, A Wrinkle in Time, to name a few). Writing is my way of giving something back to the reading the community. Thanks for your interest!

      Comment by Michael Scott Miller | January 12, 2015 | Reply

  2. I like the seeing the kids on the cover of the book…and interesting/neat that one is wheelchair bound….I think that itself will be a help in teaching kids to accept all kinds of people…and nice that it’s going to be a series…to keep kids interested over a long period of time.

    Comment by Ronda Garnett | January 12, 2015 | Reply

    • Hi Ronda! I actually decided to write the first three books in the series and publish them at the same time. I can’t wait to get going on the fourth!

      Comment by Michael Scott Miller | January 12, 2015 | Reply

  3. My oldest son LOVES mystery books. It’s great that each character is shown for their own uniqueness in helping to solve things!

    Comment by rissa j | January 12, 2015 | Reply

    • Hi Rissa! I’d love to hear your son’s feedback if he reads the books. Thanks for stopping by.

      Comment by Michael Scott Miller | January 13, 2015 | Reply

  4. This sounds like a wonderful mystery chapter books that kids would enjoy reading. I also love that the characters are diverse which is encouraging to hear.

    Comment by Merry | January 13, 2015 | Reply

  5. My husband is constantly searching books to read to our older kids. They’d all love this book, especially since it starts a new series.

    Comment by Literary Winner (@LiteraryWinner) | January 14, 2015 | Reply

    • I feel the same way when shopping for books for my kids. It’s great when they latch onto a series. I find that the character continuity keeps them reading.

      Comment by Michael Scott Miller | January 14, 2015 | Reply

  6. Thank you for sharing information about this book. Will pass on the info to my nephew!

    Comment by Patty Hancock | January 14, 2015 | Reply

  7. My boys would really like this book. Thanks for introducing it.

    Comment by Kristen | January 14, 2015 | Reply

    • Hi Kristen. I’d love to hear your sons’ feedback when they read it. Thanks for stopping by!

      Comment by Michael Scott Miller | January 15, 2015 | Reply

  8. This does sound like a book a young person would enjoy reading.

    Comment by Michele | January 14, 2015 | Reply

  9. My granddaughter loves Mysteries. I’m glad to read Michael decided to publish the first three books at once. Looks like a wonderful and adventurous new series for the grandkids. Thanks for the chance.
    Caol L
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    Comment by carol L | January 16, 2015 | Reply

    • Hi Carol. I hope your granddaughter gets into the series. I’d love to hear her feedback if she does. Thanks for stopping by!

      Comment by Michael Scott Miller | January 16, 2015 | Reply

  10. Coool a neat mystery for my granddaughters to read, I have 5 and they all love reading and I enjoy books that make them think,, I think that they would enjoy reading The Phony Farkleberry a Twisted Oak Amateur Detectives book #1 by Michael Scott Miller, I believe they would enjoy following Tyler and his friends Melanie, Amanda, Tubby, and Dontrelle, crack the case of what mother was talking about before parents find out and put a stop to their investigations. Sounds like alot of fun to me

    Comment by Dorothy Teel | January 16, 2015 | Reply

    • Hi Dorothy. I hope your granddaughters get the chance to read the series. I bet they would connect with Melanie and Amanda. Thanks for stopping by!

      Comment by Michael Scott Miller | January 16, 2015 | Reply

  11. Thank you for the review and chance to win. I like that the main characters are well developed and have diversity to assist young readers. This looks like a great book for my daughter who loves to read. She has recently begun reading mysteries and I would love to win this book to start her into this series. Thank you for the chance!

    Comment by Heather W | January 17, 2015 | Reply

    • Hi Heather. I hope your daughter gets a chance to try out the series. It’s always so nice to hear about kids who love to read. Good luck!

      Comment by Michael Scott Miller | January 17, 2015 | Reply

  12. These books look so great- my daughter loves mysteries and any stories about brave and fearless girls! Thanks for introducing me to such an interesting author!

    Comment by Danielle Priser | January 18, 2015 | Reply

  13. I love the idea of publishing three books at once, the variety of characters is appealing. I believe my son would enjoy this series.

    Comment by Brandy Davis | January 18, 2015 | Reply

    • Hi Brandy. I hope your son gets to read them. I’d love to hear his feedback. Thanks for stopping by!

      Comment by Michael Scott Miller | January 20, 2015 | Reply

  14. My son’s a little Know-it-all. I think he’d love to see that everyone in a team can contribute and not just one person.

    Comment by jennirv4967 | January 28, 2015 | Reply

  15. Now that the winner has been announced, I want to thank you all for entering The Phony Farkleberry (Twisted Oak Amateur Detectives #1) book giveaway.

    I truly appreciate your interest in the series and hope that you’ll give the The Phony Farkleberry a read. It is on sale now through Monday, February 9 for just $0.99 for the Kindle (regularly $2.99).

    Thank you again for participating!

    Comment by Michael Scott Miller | February 5, 2015 | Reply

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