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Shadows on the Train

by Melanie Jackson

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published: March 2007
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It's all aboard! for mystery when Dinah Galloway takes the cross-country train from Vancouver to Toronto, to appear on a TV talent show. But will she make it-or be permanently derailed? Along with her sister Madge, and her fellow junior musicians, tree fanatic Pantelli Audia and history buff Talbot St. John, Dinah is shadowed by someone who wants to get hold of an $80,000 treasure left by her late dad. But what is the treasure? The redheaded, singing sleuth realizes that the secret dwells somewhere in her dad's murky past, and involves a funny, if less than respectable, ex-con named Ardle McBean, and a mysterious man with a bowl cut. The mystery accelerates when Dinah's sweet, elderly piano teacher, also on the train, disappears and the danger to Dinah increases. She struggles to keep on the tracks of the mystery before the shadows, past and present, overwhelm her.

About the Author

Melanie Jackson

Scottish-born and mystery-minded, Melanie Jackson works as a business writer and editor. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. For more information, visit melaniejacksonblog.wordpress.com.
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
9 to 12
Grade:
4 to 7
Reading age:
9 to 12

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Shadows on the Train

In this fifth book in the Dinah Galloway series, Dinah travels to Toronto to perform in a talent show. She is pursued on the train by two mysterious characters, the Whisperer and Bowl Cut. They seem to be after a treasure that she doesn’t have. References to Dinah’s father add some drama and seriousness to the novel. A series of farfetched and hilarious events follow the spunky amateur detective. Between nurses getting poison ivy and her sister believing her fiancé is two-timing her, people disappearing off trains, and characters who aren’t what they appear, Dinah and her friends have adventure after slapstick adventure.

The author is a creative writing mentor for the Vancouver School Board. She has won the Ontario Silver Birch Award and been nominated for the Rocky Mountain Book Award and the BC Chocolate Lily Award.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2007-2008.

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