The Hidden Relic, A Lake Alamo Mystery 1973 by Rod Van Wyngarden (Review and Giveaway)

by Lesley

The Van Duren sisters are back with another wonderful Lake Alamo Mystery!

This time the year is 1973. Six years have passed since Rachel, Haylie, and Kayla first started their school yard detective agency. And with each passing year not only have they have grown but so has their ability to find a mystery needing solved. Now everything revolves around The Hidden Relic.

We first met the girls in A Stranger Comes to Town, A Lake Alamo Mystery 1967 written by Rod Van Wyngarden. I loved that story. It was such a delightful tale and I really came to like the girls. This book is no different! The girls are older now and the book is written as such – for an older audience. I would suggest it’s meant for 8th to 11th graders. But as I am 33 years old, I really hate to put a limit on it. It’s enjoyable at any age!


Kayla opened the drawer and reached in. She felt around for a minute, trying to find the flashlight but it was under something. After a second or two, she finally pulled it out and flipped it on.

‘Got it,’ she said.

Before Haylie and Rachel could thank her for finding it, they heard a loud crash in the kitchen. Someone had broken the window on the backdoor.

Kayla shut off the flashlight immediately. ‘What was that?’ She asked.

‘Shhh.’ Rachel looked around, but couldn’t see in the dark. ‘I think someone is trying to break in.’

They heard the sounds of someone reaching into the crack in the window and punching out the remnants of glass. They heard the unmistakable sound of the deadbolt unlocking. The knob turned and the person pushed open the door, causing it to hit the wall as it opened completely. More glass fell from the window and hit the floor.

Rachel, Haylie, and Kayla Van Duren are sisters, star-basketball players, good students, and employees at an old bed and breakfast owned by their father. When someone starts stealing from the old woman, Mrs. Shipley, who runs the bed and breakfast, the sisters take it upon themselves to find out what’s going on. But as they get deeper and deeper into the mystery, they find out that maybe Mrs. Shipley and her late husband were more than they appeared to be.

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781618629883
  • Publisher: Tate Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/19/2012
  • Pages: 116

The Hidden Relic was so easy to read and it had such an interesting plot. Van Wyngarden really makes you want to know what is going to happen next. You also have characters returning from the previous book and it makes you feel as if you really know them. I truly enjoyed this book. My daughter, Gracie, is only 9 years old but still I found her trying to read it alone. For a book lover that made my heart happy. One other thing I am excited about is the fact that with this book you also receive a free audio download. It can be played over the computer or burnt onto a CD. This will be great for Gracie, now she can listen to the story as well.

The Hidden Relic can be purchased on Amazon for only $9.34 and is eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping with a qualifying order of $25. It can also be purchased directly from the publisher on their website.

As with his other books when you purchase a copy of The Lake Alamo Mystery series you will also be helping out various charities. A portion of the sales from this book goes towards First Book and World Vision. First Book helps to provide books to children in need and World Vision helps those in poverty conditions. They are both excellent causes!

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Lesley is a mom of two kids - one girl and one boy. She's married to her first and only love, Robby. Author of Dragonflies 'n Daydreams. Her blog has a little bit of everything – life, love, parenting, along with product reviews and giveaways.

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{ 55 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Nicole October 31, 2012 at 1:21 pm

That it is a mystery that I can read with my daughter and we both can enjoy!


2 DEBIJOT October 31, 2012 at 6:20 pm

I like the fact that it is a mystery – I love mystery books.


3 Cindi October 31, 2012 at 11:17 pm

The mystery reminds me of Nancy Drew and who is breaking in
sounds scary…
Many thanks, Cindi


4 benita November 1, 2012 at 4:38 pm

The plot sounds great!



5 Anne November 1, 2012 at 4:41 pm

The mysterious aspect but also the period in which it is set.


6 nannypanpan November 1, 2012 at 10:49 pm

it sounds like a new fashioned nancy drew


7 Charlotte Padgett November 3, 2012 at 12:47 pm

It’s a mystery but not a gruesome murder type.


8 Liz Terek November 3, 2012 at 4:17 pm

I love books with strong female lead characters. That’s what intrigues me.


9 samantha w November 3, 2012 at 8:21 pm

the mystery i love mystery books


10 BusyWorkingMama November 4, 2012 at 6:31 am

I love a good mystery. Sounds like an entertaining read.


11 Linda Kish November 4, 2012 at 7:22 pm

I liked the overview…it made it sound interesting.

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12 chelsea November 4, 2012 at 10:56 pm

I love that I could read this with my daughter


13 Stephanie Larison November 5, 2012 at 4:38 am

I love a good mystery book!


14 Dan November 6, 2012 at 6:40 pm

It reminds me of my own two daughters


15 Francine Anchondo November 7, 2012 at 1:21 pm

that it is a mystery


16 andrea November 7, 2012 at 10:30 pm

the unknown and the mystery of the story


17 Ellie W November 8, 2012 at 2:10 pm

The time period interests me. I grew up in the 70′s. I’d love to read this and I will have to find the first one.


18 Natalia November 11, 2012 at 1:03 am

I like the mysterious stories and this one sounds like it.


19 Daniel M November 11, 2012 at 8:36 pm

like reading about the time period i grew up in, and sounds like nancy drew or hardy boys, always fun!


20 heather b November 12, 2012 at 9:36 am

i love that it sounds like not only a book my daughter and I could read together but that my oldest would want to read too. We love a great mystery


21 Dee Hadley November 12, 2012 at 9:44 am

Mysteries are my favorite books. I liked that it can be burned to a CD and listen to it. So really any age can enjoy the mystery.


22 Carolyn D. November 12, 2012 at 10:21 am

I love that it is set in 1973…I was a child then and would love to see how the mystery plays out against that background.



23 Tricha November 12, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Reminds me when all I wanted to read was mysteries


24 christal c w November 12, 2012 at 2:49 pm

the mystery surrounding the Mrs. Shipley and her late husband


25 Brenda S. November 12, 2012 at 4:06 pm

I love mystery books.


26 Ed Nemmers November 12, 2012 at 5:04 pm

The 1973 setting most intrigues me!


27 vicki wurgler November 12, 2012 at 7:13 pm

Mrs. Shipley and her late husband were more than they appeared to be-what were they? sounds like a great mystery


28 cassandra November 12, 2012 at 7:44 pm

i am interested in new books


29 Angela Shepard November 12, 2012 at 9:34 pm

I love the unknown!


30 brenda Elsner November 12, 2012 at 10:39 pm

The mystery is the most intriquing. I love mysteries!!


31 Chelsea M November 12, 2012 at 11:25 pm

The setting! I love any book that is set in the past.


32 Sandy V. November 13, 2012 at 12:11 am

The book sounds well written with an interesting plot.


33 Betty C November 13, 2012 at 2:40 am

I like the idea of sisters, especially when they are such great kids overall.


34 Corey Olomon November 13, 2012 at 2:50 am

It sounds like it would keep me guessing.


35 pamela james November 13, 2012 at 7:29 am

A mystery set in 1973-good times!


36 Shaunda November 13, 2012 at 8:14 am

I like a good mystery and this sounds like one.


37 Marjorie November 13, 2012 at 8:27 am

If the book is a mystery I will read it.


38 Tim Moss November 13, 2012 at 8:58 am

That part that sounds like a sequel of sorts & the fact that you’re emotionally invested in the characters sounds like a winner to me.


39 Stephanie Phelps November 13, 2012 at 9:03 am

I love that it is a mystery and that it can be read from teens up!


40 Nancy November 13, 2012 at 9:13 am

I like that it is set in my growing up years and that it is a mystery, my favorite genre!


41 susan smoaks November 13, 2012 at 9:29 am

I love that it’s a page turner!


42 Jane H November 13, 2012 at 9:51 am

The genre, I love mysteries, suspense. Thank you for the opportunity to win.


43 Diana Hatch November 13, 2012 at 10:36 am

Looks like a great mystery!


44 Veronica Garrett November 13, 2012 at 10:40 am

The story setting in1973 interests me. The 70s were when I was growing up. I wonder what references to the 70s are in the book.


45 Jessica November 13, 2012 at 10:40 am

I like that the plot is a mystery and the characters are sisters.


46 Lisa November 13, 2012 at 10:50 am

I love mystery’s, the plot sounds so good!


47 Jennifer Peaslee November 13, 2012 at 10:54 am

I like that its a mystery for kids…I love mysteries, I think they encourage you to think differently when you face problems.


48 Jaime November 13, 2012 at 11:32 am

I like that it is a mystery


49 Kerrie Mayans November 13, 2012 at 12:45 pm

I think it looks like a good book for young teens. It seems like it isn’t smutty which sometimes is hard to find in YA books. I would love to read it and then pass it on to my 13 year old to read.


50 Claire November 13, 2012 at 1:12 pm

It’s a mystery!! :)


51 Brandy Farmer November 13, 2012 at 1:17 pm

I love mystery books. That’s the best part. The mystery.


52 Carolyn Walsh November 13, 2012 at 4:11 pm

I love mystery books! Thanks for the contest!


53 Cindy Whitehead November 13, 2012 at 6:09 pm

Sounds like a great mystery book!


54 shirley zolenski November 13, 2012 at 6:59 pm

It’s a mystery. Mystery and horror are my favs


55 Barbara Butler November 13, 2012 at 8:57 pm

sounds a a great read


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