History Literature / AToZMysteries

10th Jun '17 6:45:00 PM AFriesen91
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* BitchInSheepsClothing: This being a mystery series, seemingly-friendly characters often turn out to be criminals:
** ''The Canary Caper'': [[spoiler:Fred Little]]
** ''The Deadly Dungeon'': [[spoiler:Ripley Pearce]]
** ''The Falcon's Feathers'': [[spoiler:Kurt Striker]]
** ''The Goose's Gold'': [[spoiler:Spike and Chip]]
** ''The Kidnapped King'': [[spoiler:Joan Klinker]]
** ''The Missing Mummy'': [[spoiler:Dr. Tweed]]
** ''The Ninth Nugget'': [[spoiler:Ed Getz]]
** ''The Panda Puzzle'': [[spoiler:Flip Frances]]
** ''The Runaway Racehorse'': [[spoiler:Tinker Bunks]]
** ''The Xed-Out X-Ray'': [[spoiler:"Dr. Fleming"]]
** ''The Yellow Yacht'': [[spoiler:Dr. Skor]]



** ChekhovsClassroom: Dink learns some French in ''The Kidnapped King'' and mispronounces ''jaune'', the French word for ''yellow'', as Joan, the name of the tutor. Using this knowledge, he later finds out that Joan is the kidnapper by connecting the trail of yellow glass pieces to this information which Sami, the victim, would have known because he was present for Dink's mispronunciation.

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** ChekhovsClassroom: Dink learns some French in ''The Kidnapped King'' and [[spoiler:and mispronounces ''jaune'', the French word for ''yellow'', as Joan, the name of the tutor. Using this knowledge, he later finds out that Joan is the kidnapper by connecting the trail of yellow glass pieces to this information which Sami, Sammi, the victim, would have known because he was present for Dink's mispronunciation.]]


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* RedHerring: Many books involve misleading clues, sometimes deliberately set by the perp and sometimes not, or one or more of the kids suspecting the wrong person:
** ''The Falcon's Feathers'': [[spoiler:Josh is highly suspicious of Grace Lockwood, the veterinarian's sullen new assistant.]]
** ''The Jaguar's Jewel'': [[spoiler:Dink is suspicious of jeweler Regina Wu when she returns to his uncle's empty office, but she was only retrieving her umbrella.]]
** ''The Kidnapped King'': [[spoiler:After Sammi is kidnapped, a tassel from his slipper is found by the river and the bait shop owner reports that one of his boats is missing. This all turns out to be misdirection, and Dink's mother becomes suspicious of Joan when she mentions the tassel.]]
** ''The Lucky Lottery'': [[spoiler:Supermarket clerk Dorothy Calm describes a suspicious man named Joe to the kids, and Josh draws up a sketch of him, but they are later informed that the sketch is of Josh himself, leading them to realize the truth.]]
** ''The Orange Outlaw'': [[spoiler:Clues suggest the thief climbed up and down the apartment block's balconies, but the kids think that may be a misdirection. Subverted in that the thief did climb the balconies, and the clues were not meant to be taken for misdirection either.]]
** ''The Runaway Racehorse'': [[spoiler:The kids think Sunny might be complicit in the horse switch.]]
** ''The Talking T-Rex'': [[spoiler:Dean looks like the only person with opportunity, but he's a deep enough sleeper that the theft was carried out undetected despite his proximity.]]
** ''The Unwilling Umpire'': [[spoiler:Pete Unkenholz inverts the trope by falsely confessing to cover for his younger brother, as he had done on at least one previous occasion. In this case, he only thinks his brother is guilty.]]
** ''The Xed-Out X-Ray'': [[spoiler:The thief used an alias as part of his plan, leading the kids to look for a nonexistent doctor at the hospital.]]
** ''The Yellow Yacht'': [[spoiler:A tunnel is found from the side of the aquarium dig site to the bank vault, and in the tunnel is a printout of an email implicating Riko and bank manager Lees Bas. There's also a truck by the wall of the site, consistent with part of the email. While the kids suspect the tunnel to be a decoy, it's actually the email that's misleading.]]
2nd Jun '17 5:11:14 AM ladyofthelibrary
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* CrossOver: Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose meet the kids in the ''Capital Mysteries'' in ''White House White-Out'' and end up teaming up with them to rescue the kidnapped First Dog.

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* CrossOver: Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose meet the kids in the ''Capital Mysteries'' in ''White House White-Out'' and end up teaming up with them to rescue the kidnapped First Dog.Dog [[spoiler: before ultimately stumbling into a plot to kidnap ''Capital Mysteries'' main character KC, the president's step-daughter]].


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* FoodAsBribe: Commonly used with Josh.


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* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Ruth Rose wearing more than one color. PlayedForDrama in ''The Canary Caper'' where she's broken up about her beloved cat having gone missing though PlayedForLaughs in ''The X-ed Out X-Ray'' when Josh jokes that they should call the authorities because she's wearing a black and white outfit for the Penguin concert they're going to.


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* PunnyName: In ''The X-ed Out X-Ray'', the musical artist Penguin's real name is Penelope Guin.
4th Apr '17 7:50:52 AM ladyofthelibrary
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* WhatAnIdiot: In ''The Unwilling Umpire'', the actual crook eagerly and easily gives up his address to an anonymous buyer interested in his (stolen) baseballs.
4th Apr '17 7:49:49 AM ladyofthelibrary
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* TheSameCharacterButDifferent: It may or may not be because of who the focus characters are but several characters come off very differently. Nate is shown to be very childish and distractable in the main series but here fills a similar role to Dink. The twins are more focused and less selfish. The main trio on the other hand have come off as very callous and even demonstrate a BigBrotherBully mentality in the pranks they do in the first book, which legitimately scare the younger kids.

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* TheSameCharacterButDifferent: SameCharacterButDifferent: It may or may not be because of who the focus characters are but several characters come off very differently. Nate is shown to be very childish and distractable in the main series but here fills a similar role to Dink. The twins are more focused and less selfish. The main trio on the other hand have come off as very callous and even demonstrate a BigBrotherBully mentality in the pranks they do in the first book, which legitimately scare the younger kids.
27th Feb '17 5:22:53 AM ladyofthelibrary
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* ExactWords: ''The Talking T-Rex'' has this as a minor plot point. Josh overhears Mr. Linkletter asking Jud and Spud how their room is. Room not rooms, meaning it was easy for Spud to borrow the key he needed to commit the crime of the story.



* FoodEnd: ''The Falcon's Feathers'' ends with an ice cream party for the heroes.

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* FoodEnd: ''The Falcon's Feathers'' ends with an ice cream party for the heroes. It's not the only example in the series as other books such as ''The Runaway Racehorse'' end with the characters discussing the case du book over food but it's one of the bigger examples.



* IronicNickname: Lucky O'Leary, so called because he's so unlucky.

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* IronicNickname: Lucky O'Leary, so called because he's so unlucky. It manages to be accurate at the end of ''The Bald Bandit'' and zigzags before ultimately being subverted in ''The Lucky Lottery'' where the main trio manages to find his winning lottery ticket.



* TearsOfFear: KC's reaction to being in the middle of nowhere with no way to get help and being at risk for harm [[spoiler: and a hostage situation]] from the people who kidnapped First Dog Natasha.



* WouldHurtAChild: Many of the crooks are all too happy to threaten the main trio.

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* WouldHurtAChild: Many of the crooks are all too happy to threaten the main trio.
trio and both ''The Kidnapped King'' and ''White House White-Out'' feature villains who have no qualms about kidnapping kids the main trio's age.





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* TheSameCharacterButDifferent: It may or may not be because of who the focus characters are but several characters come off very differently. Nate is shown to be very childish and distractable in the main series but here fills a similar role to Dink. The twins are more focused and less selfish. The main trio on the other hand have come off as very callous and even demonstrate a BigBrotherBully mentality in the pranks they do in the first book, which legitimately scare the younger kids.
24th Aug '16 6:08:24 PM ladyofthelibrary
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* MyHairCameOutGreen: In ''The Bald Bandit'', Dink dresses as Dracula for Halloween and uses black shoe polish in his hair to complete the look. The combination of the shoe polish with his natural blond hair creates a rust color, prompting a need to go to the local barber where he ends up finding a much needed clue.
5th May '16 2:49:19 PM SingingRain
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* BlatantBurglar:



* EatingPetFood: In ''December Dog'', the kids get a present which appears to be dog-shaped cookies. After Brian takes a bite out of one, he discovers they're actually doggy treats.



* MalevolentMaskedMen: The titular "thieves" of ''New Year's Eve Thieves'' wear a ski mask and a bandanna. The kids are led to believe that they are [[BlatantBurglar Blatant Burglars]] [[spoiler: though they turn out to be Lucy's parents screwing with them.]]

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* MalevolentMaskedMen: The titular "thieves" of ''New Year's Eve Thieves'' wear a ski mask and a bandanna. The kids are led to believe that they are [[BlatantBurglar Blatant Burglars]] [[spoiler: though they turn out to be Lucy's parents screwing just messing with them.]]


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* OutlawCouple: Subverted in ''New Year's Eve Thieves'' as the kids think two strangers walking around town are [[BlatantBurglar Blatant Burglars]] [[spoiler: but it turns out ti be Lucy's parents visiting from Arizona who apparently think it's funny to troll the main kids.]]
5th May '16 2:25:37 PM SingingRain
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* DeathbringerTheAdorable: The kids call the new neighbors' dog "[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Killer]]" because she looks big and fearsome. When it "attacks" Bradley they learn that its name is actually Daisy and that it really doesn't want to attack anyone.

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* BlatantBurglar:
* ChristmasEpisode: The December issue, which mostly takes place on Christmas Eve and ends on Christmas.
* DeathbringerTheAdorable: The kids call the new neighbors' dog "[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Killer]]" because she looks big and fearsome. When it "attacks" Bradley they learn that its name is actually Daisy and that it really doesn't want to attack hurt anyone.



* MalevolentMaskedMen: The titular "thieves" of ''New Year's Eve Thieves'' wear a ski mask and a bandanna. The kids are led to believe that they are [[BlatantBurglar Blatant Burglars]] [[spoiler: though they turn out to be Lucy's parents screwing with them.]]



* NewYearHasCome: The thirteenth book, ''New Year's Eve Thieves''.



* ValentinesDayEpisode: ''February Friend''.

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* TitleDrop: Mr. Linkletter drops the title of the 13th book, telling the kids that an elderly couple "would be amused to know that you suspected them of being New Year's Eve thieves!".
* ValentinesDayEpisode: ''February Friend''.
24th Jan '16 5:36:33 AM ladyofthelibrary
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* BigBrotherInstinct: In ''The Unwilling Umpire'', the titular umpire implicates himself in the theft of the story because he thinks his little brother did it. It turns out this isn't the first time he's done it either.
24th Jan '16 5:34:47 AM ladyofthelibrary
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* AdultFear: It's somewhat unnerving how often the main trio gets locked in locations by the crooks and were they not able to escape, probably wouldn't be found for hours.
** A more specific example occurs in ''White House White-Out''; the main trio teams up with the President's stepdaughter to rescue the kidnapped First Dog. After they end up stranded in the snow, Dink works out that the stepdaughter was the intended target.



* CrossOver: Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose meet the kids in the ''Capital Mysteries'' in ''White House White-Out''.

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* CrossOver: Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose meet the kids in the ''Capital Mysteries'' in ''White House White-Out''.White-Out'' and end up teaming up with them to rescue the kidnapped First Dog.



* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Partial example. When Ron Roy visited the White House during the Christmas season, he watched the hubbub of the festive preparations and remarked that it seemed that the Christmas season would be the perfect time to steal something from the White House since everyone is so busy that it would take a while for anyone to notice. The plot of ''White House White-Out'' revolves around a plot to kidnap the First Dog [[spoiler: with the real target being the president's [[AdultFear step]][[WouldHurtAChild daughter]]]]



* TrailOfBreadCrumbs: Sammi leaves one with kaleidoscope pieces when he's kidnapped in ''The Kidnapped King''. Thankfully [[TeamPet Pal]] can smell them out.

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* TrailOfBreadCrumbs: Sammi Sami leaves one with kaleidoscope pieces when he's kidnapped in ''The Kidnapped King''. Thankfully [[TeamPet Pal]] can smell them out.




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* WouldHurtAChild: Many of the crooks are all too happy to threaten the main trio.



* SpinOffspring: The series follows the adventures of Bradley and Brian Pinto (Josh's younger brothers), Nate Hathaway (Bradley's friend), and Lucy Armstrong (Dink's cousin).

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* SpinOffspring: The series follows the adventures of Bradley and Brian Pinto (Josh's younger brothers), Nate Hathaway (Bradley's friend), friend and Ruth Rose's little brother), and Lucy Armstrong (Dink's cousin).
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