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After the main series, Ron Roy wrote two shorter SpinOff series; ''Super Edition'', which follows the kids on more adventures, and ''Calendar Mysteries'', which focuses on their [[SpinOffspring younger siblings]].

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After the main series, Ron Roy wrote two shorter SpinOff series; ''Super Edition'', which follows the kids on more adventures, and ''Calendar Mysteries'', which focuses on their [[SpinOffspring younger siblings]].siblings and Dink's cousin]].


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** Similarly to the above example, Sammi, the victim in ''Kidnapped King'' isn't much older than the main trio.


A KidDetective series by Ron Roy about three kids - Josh, Dink and Ruth Rose - who solve mysteries in the town of [[EverytownAmerica Green Lawn, Connecticut]]. Each story has an alliterative title, such as ''The Canary Caper'', ''The Ninth Nugget'', and so on. After the first twenty-six books, Ron Roy wrote two shorter spin-off series, ''Super Edition'', which follows the kids on more adventures, and ''Calendar Mysteries'', which focuses on their [[SpinOffspring younger siblings]].

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A KidDetective series by Ron Roy about three kids - Josh, Dink and Ruth Rose - who solve mysteries in the town of [[EverytownAmerica Green Lawn, Connecticut]]. Each story has an alliterative title, such as ''The Canary Caper'', ''The Ninth Nugget'', and so on. on.

After the first twenty-six books, main series, Ron Roy wrote two shorter spin-off series, SpinOff series; ''Super Edition'', which follows the kids on more adventures, and ''Calendar Mysteries'', which focuses on their [[SpinOffspring younger siblings]].



* ChekhovsClassroom: Dink learns some French in ''The Kidnapped King'' [[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 Sammi, the victim, would have known because he was present for Dink's mispronunciation.]]



** ChekhovsClassroom: Dink learns some French in ''The Kidnapped King'' [[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 Sammi, the victim, would have known because he was present for Dink's mispronunciation.]]
** ChekhovsSkill: In ''The Bald Bandit'', Ruth Rose's ability to scream really loudly comes in handy when the Bald Bandit tries to kidnap her.

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** ChekhovsClassroom: Dink learns some French in ''The Kidnapped King'' [[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 Sammi, the victim, would have known because he was present for Dink's mispronunciation.]]
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* ChekhovsSkill: In ''The Bald Bandit'', Ruth Rose's ability to scream really loudly comes in handy when the Bald Bandit tries to kidnap her.



* CoolOldLady: Gram Hathaway, Ruth Rose's grandmother, who first appeared in ''The Goose's Gold''.

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* CoolOldLady: Gram Hathaway, Ruth Rose's grandmother, who first appeared appears in ''The Goose's Gold''.



* 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.

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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.



-->'''Ruth Rose:''' And ''your'' fingerprints are on the mantel where you stole the Christmas card!
-->'''Dot Calm:''' You're crazy, kid. I was wearing glov...

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-->'''Ruth Rose:''' Rose''': And ''your'' fingerprints are on the mantel where you stole the Christmas card!
-->'''Dot Calm:''' Calm''': You're crazy, kid. I was wearing glov...



* NeverTheObviousSuspect: Sometimes one or more of the kids suspect the wrong person:

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* NeverTheObviousSuspect: Sometimes one or more of the kids suspect the wrong person:



* 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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* 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 missing. Subverted and 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.



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



* WhatAnIdiot: In ''The Unwilling Umpire'', the actual crook eagerly and easily gives up his address to an anonymous buyer interested in his (stolen) baseballs.



* PetTheDog: Ruth Rose makes up for her part in the first book's ScoobyDooHoax in "December Dog" by having gone out of her way to buy the titular dog as a present for Nate.

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* PetTheDog: Ruth Rose makes up for her part in the first book's ScoobyDooHoax in "December Dog" ''December Dog'' by having gone out of her way to buy the titular dog as a present for Nate.


* NeverTheObviousSuspect: Sometimes one or more of the kids suspect 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 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.]]



* 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.]]

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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.]]
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** ''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.]]



** MyInstinctsAreShowing: {{Inverted}} since Hypo the Hypnotist also turns her into a duck.


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* MyInstinctsAreShowing: {{Inverted}} since Hypo the Hypnotist also turns her into a duck.


* SupernaturalFloatingHair: One feature of the alleged ghost in ''The Haunted Hotel''.


A KidDetective series by Ron Roy about three kids - Josh, Dink and Ruth Rose - who solve mysteries in the town of [[EverytownAmerica Green Lawn, Connecticut]]. Each story has an alliterative title, such as ''The Canary Caper'', ''The Ninth Nugget'', and so on. After the first twenty-six books, Ron Roy wrote two shorter spin-off series, ''Super Edition'', which follows the kids on more adventures, and ''Calendar Mysteries'', which focuses on their [[SpinOffspring youger siblings]].

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A KidDetective series by Ron Roy about three kids - Josh, Dink and Ruth Rose - who solve mysteries in the town of [[EverytownAmerica Green Lawn, Connecticut]]. Each story has an alliterative title, such as ''The Canary Caper'', ''The Ninth Nugget'', and so on. After the first twenty-six books, Ron Roy wrote two shorter spin-off series, ''Super Edition'', which follows the kids on more adventures, and ''Calendar Mysteries'', which focuses on their [[SpinOffspring youger younger siblings]].



* DoubleMeaningTitle: ''The Orange Outlaw'' has the meanings "the outlaw that has orange hair" and "the outlaw who stole oranges". The outlaw is a trained monkey who steals a painting and leaves a big mess of orange peels because of its enormous appetite.

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* DoubleMeaningTitle: ''The Orange Outlaw'' has the meanings "the outlaw that has orange hair" and "the outlaw who stole oranges". The [[spoiler:The outlaw is a trained monkey who steals a painting and leaves a big mess of orange peels because of its enormous appetite.]]


A KidDetective series by Ron Roy about three kids - Josh, Dink and Ruth Rose - who solve mysteries in their town of Green Lawn. Each story has an alliterative title, such as ''The Canary Caper'', ''The Ninth Nugget'', and so on. After the first twenty-six books, Ron Roy wrote two shorter spin-off series, ''Super Edition'' and ''Calendar Mysteries''.

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A KidDetective series by Ron Roy about three kids - Josh, Dink and Ruth Rose - who solve mysteries in their the town of [[EverytownAmerica Green Lawn.Lawn, Connecticut]]. Each story has an alliterative title, such as ''The Canary Caper'', ''The Ninth Nugget'', and so on. After the first twenty-six books, Ron Roy wrote two shorter spin-off series, ''Super Edition'' Edition'', which follows the kids on more adventures, and ''Calendar Mysteries''.Mysteries'', which focuses on their [[SpinOffspring youger siblings]].

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* SupernaturalFloatingHair: One feature of the alleged ghost in ''The Haunted Hotel''.


* PetTheDog: Ruth Rose makes up for her part in the first book's ScoobyDooHoax in "December Dog" by having gone out of her way to buy the titular dog as a present for Nate.
* 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 while 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.



* 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.


* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: Every book in the series has an alliterative title.
** AlliterativeName: Donald David Duncan, Ruth Rose, Lucky O'Leary, etc.

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* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: AlliterativeName: A few. Some of them are:
** Donald David Duncan
** Ruth Rose
** Lucky O'Leary
** Wallis Wallace
* AlliterativeTitle:
Every book in the series has an alliterative title.
title. Some of them are:
** AlliterativeName: Donald David Duncan, Ruth Rose, Lucky O'Leary, etc.''The Bald Bandit''
** ''The Canary Caper''
** ''The Orange Outlaw''
** ''The School Skeleton''
** ''White House White-Out''


* 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.]]


* 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.

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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.


* 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.


* 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.

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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.

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