The Mystery of the Suspicious Spices (Greetings from Somewhere)
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Ethan and Ella discover some suspicious spices in a market in Mumbai, India, in the sixth book of Greetings from Somewhere, an exciting series about mystery, travel, and adventure.
Ethan and Ella venture into the bustling markets of Mumbai, India, where there are tons of beautiful sights and smells—from silky fabrics to bread being baked to jars of spices. When one of the spice sellers starts getting complaints about his saffron, he is beside himself. His spices have always been known to be the purest in the market. Ethan and Ella are on the case—and they soon discover that someone has been meddling with the spices!
With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Greetings from Somewhere chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.
looked at the red and yellow silk cloths that were draped around Sani’s body. She had noticed that a lot of Indian women wore them. “Thank you, Jo!” Sani said. “I must take you sari shopping while you are in Mumbai. A blue one would look lovely with your blond hair. Now, please do come in! Deepak, our guests are here!” she called out over her shoulder. There was a wonderful smell in the air as the Briars walked into the apartment. Ethan couldn’t figure out what it was, exactly. It smelled like
marble building. It was really beautiful—and really big, too! The Taj Mahal was the latest stop on the Briar family’s trip across India. So far, they’d visited a tea plantation, a desert, and a snow-capped mountain. They had ridden on a small, old-fashioned train called a “toy train” that chugged up steep hills. They’d seen lots of temples, including one shaped like a giant stone frog. Tomorrow morning, they were flying to the city of Mumbai, which was on the Arabian Sea. Mrs. Briar was a
Away! Ella held up both her hands for the others to see. She fluttered her red-and orange-stained fingers. “I think someone dyed salt with food coloring to make it look like saffron, turmeric, and cinnamon. Then they replaced the real spices with the dyed salt!” Ella explained. “What?” Deepak burst out. Sani looked shocked. Ethan nodded, then started checking out the other spices. “This one is salty,” he said, sampling from a jar labeled “coriander.” “So is this one. But this isn’t salty at
horseback riding through the Sacred Valley in Peru. The guide, Fernando, led their tour group along a dirt path that went steeply uphill. Towering mountains, lush, green grass, and colorful flowers surrounded them. The Sacred Valley was the Briars’ second stop in Peru. Their first stop had been the capital city of Lima. In Lima, they explored catacombs—ancient passageways underground—and swam in the Pacific Ocean. It was the same ocean they swam in when they’d visited their family friends in
the salt mines. HARPER PARIS loves to travel. Her favorite cities in the world are Paris (like her name!) and New York City. She has collected many souvenirs on her travels, including a good-luck coin from Japan and a reindeer-horn pendant from Sweden. She also loves mysteries. When she was a kid, she read Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew books after bedtime with a flashlight. She now lives with her family (including two cats and a bunny, who are not good travelers) in Ithaca, New York. MARCOS CALO