A to Z Mysteries Series

Ron Roy

After I wrote The Absent Author, I knew I wanted to write more about Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose. I looked at those two A's in the title and thought, why not two B's, then two C's? So I began working on the Bald Bandit and the Canary Caper. And that's how A to Z Mysteries were born!

This series features three smart kids who solve crimes and mysteries. They live in a small town in Connecticut, called Green Lawn. The kids are Dink Duncan, Josh Pinto, and Ruth Rose Hathaway. They are third graders and live near each other. They have hobbies and pets and parents, but what they love most is a good mystery. Most kids tell me they enjoy reading the 26 books in alphabetical order. But you can skip around without missing anything. Have fun getting to know these three sly sleuths!

The A to Z Mysteries Series features 26 books, one for each letter of the alphabet! Roll over teach book cover below to see them magnified and read a bit about each story.

About Each Book in the Series

Learn More About the Characters

The A to Z Mysteries Series features three sly sleuths: Dink Duncan, Josh Pinto, and Ruth Rose Hathaway. Have fun getting to know them, and their dog, Pal!

Josh is in the third grade, like his best friend Dink. He is tall, skinny, and has red hair and freckles. Josh also has two four-year old twin brothers, Brian and Bradley. In the barn behind his house, Josh keeps Polly, a white pony. He also has Pal, an affectionate and curious basset hound. Josh likes to draw birds, tease his friends, and eat!
Dink is a third grader, like his best friend Josh. His full name is Donald David Duncan, but his nickname has always been Dink. His only pet is a Guinea pig named Loretta. Dink reads a lot, and likes to think about everything before he does anything!
Josh and Dink have another best friend. Her name is Ruth Rose Hathaway. Ruth Rose lives next door to Dink, in Green Lawn, Connecticut. She has black curly hair and snappy blue eyes. The boys tease Ruth Rose because she always dresses in one color. Ruth Rose is very smart, and she's usually the one who finds most of the clues when the 3 of them solve mysteries.


Pal is Josh's bassett hound. Pal lived with some crooks who were making fake money. When the crooks went to jail, Pal came to live with Josh's family. Pal gets to play with Brian and Bradley, Josh's twin brothers. He also plays with Polly, a white pony who lives in Josh's barn. Whenever Dink, Josh and Ruth Rose are on a case, Pal helps them sniff out clues. Pal loves his new home!

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