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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (630 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Newsome Narrator: James Clamp Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Billionaire Series Release Date: May 2010 ISBN: 9780061995279
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Gerald Wilkins never considered himself a particularly exceptional thirteen-year-old. But that was before he inherited twenty billion pounds, a Caribbean island, a yacht, and three estates from a great-aunt he never knew. With this fortune, however, comes a letter. One from his great-aunt Geraldine. One that tells Gerald that she was murdered, and that it's up to him to find out why.

Along with his friends Ruby and Sam, Gerald embarks on a journey that will lead him from the British Museum to dodgy social clubs for the disgustingly rich to mansions in the English countryside to secret places far underground. Who was Geraldine Archer? And what secrets was she hiding? Unless Gerald, Sam, and Ruby can find out before the killer does, they may be next.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “There’s no letup in the pacing, and all the tried-and-true mystery elements add up to an Anthony Horowitz–style romp.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Richard Newsome’s just-debuted adventure series tracks a resourceful Australian boy and his friends as they span the globe, searching for the keys to a dangerous mystery. A new series to watch.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “The brisk pacing and easy camaraderie between Gerald, Ruby, and Sam should ensure that young readers have a blast.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A Selection for the Summer 2010 Kids'Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gemma Taylor | 2/18/2014

    " This book was an alright novel. The reviews say it is action-packed, but I'm not sure if I can agree. I thought the events ended to short and the problems could of escalated better. Altogether it was an average book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 2/13/2014

    " A kid with horrible Dursley-like parents inherits a billionaire's fortune and with it the request that he find the person who killed his great aunt. This is the first in a series so, while the murder mystery is solved, several questions and villians are left hanging--sure to return in the sequel. Our main character lucks into a pair of boy/girl twins who become his fast friends and sleuths-in-arms, also adding comic squabbles and character traits to the story. A fun, quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Wenzel | 2/10/2014

    " I love the writing style and the mystery aspect of this book, but there are still some younger aspects to it, reminding me a bit of the Percy Jackson series "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara Beth | 2/6/2014

    " needed something light to read, check. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlie | 12/26/2013

    " Nice book for young of heart. I enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracie | 11/19/2013

    " I loved how this started out, but then coincidences started piling up. I didn't mind too much and would probably read more in the series. Fans of Eoin Colfer fans will probably enjoy this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aylaryan Howard | 10/14/2013

    " This book is amazing! Everyone should read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan Lepore | 8/29/2013

    " If you like 39 Clues, you will like this series. Fast pace, good suspense, a good guy always shows up just in time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deb Scott | 8/21/2013

    " i loved the conflict of the book and how their where no hints to the guilty person. you can tell how well the author did his research "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Morgan | 7/25/2013

    " Free Friday selection from B & N; I like YA lit all right, although some of it is definitely better than others. I liked that this story was a mystery, that kept it far more interesting than I think it otherwise would have been. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen Damp | 5/25/2013

    " Kept moving. I like that. Some rather convenient circumstances, but I was having fun, so I shrugged and kept going. I like the three kids. Learned something as well about history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanette | 4/8/2013

    " Fun story, but peppered with some language that doesn't do anything for the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 1/9/2013

    " A really good suspense novel for Tweens and teens. Even as an adult, I really enjoyed it. Not too gory, not to scary, definitely a quick and fun read. I'm looking forward to reading the other books in the series "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerri | 12/12/2012

    " A lot like 39 Clues but still good. No evil family members in this one. Just evil people who want the billion dollar fortune of the middle school kid who has just inherited his unknown great aunt's estate but thinks she might have been murdered. You know. Typical stuff. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katrine | 9/20/2012

    " Awesome! But not very well known. First in a Trilogy. the second one is called 'The Emerald Casket.' "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Barnes | 9/17/2012

    " it was a fun adventure and vary well written "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brittany | 5/4/2012

    " This is a bit of an "easy" book. It's written for young adults, and some parts of it are clearly a little unrealistic. However it was cute and sometimes I need a break from the heavy, so I'd reccomend this. If you are into history and puzzles (think National Treasure-ish) then you can enjoy this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyle Kramer | 3/7/2012

    " This book is epic! I would definitely recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brianna | 12/6/2011

    " This book is great and i would recommend this book to everyone. This is a book which i think is good for ages 10-25 mabe even older. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 4/25/2011

    " LOVED! this book. The idea was awesome and grabs you from the get go. For anyone looking for things to read after say harry potter or fablehaven go this one. you wont be dissapointed "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerri | 4/20/2011

    " A lot like 39 Clues but still good. No evil family members in this one. Just evil people who want the billion dollar fortune of the middle school kid who has just inherited his unknown great aunt's estate but thinks she might have been murdered. You know. Typical stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emma | 4/12/2011

    " this book is a great read for any one from the age of 8+ who is looking for a great mystery book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Olivia | 3/1/2011

    " IT WAS A REALLY KOOL BOOK (I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN) I read this in readers cup last year :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 2/27/2011

    " This was an interesting book. You didn't know who the bad person was until close to the end of the book. I am looking forward to reading the sequel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pam | 2/16/2011

    " Easily recommended fun read for upper primary. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lyddie | 12/19/2010

    " Started out strong, but the villains were two-dimensional, there were too many coincidences, and by the end it seemed a bit too Harry Potter-influenced. Still, I could see boys who like action-adventure novels enjoying this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanette | 12/2/2010

    " Fun story, but peppered with some language that doesn't do anything for the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicci | 10/10/2010

    " im half way through this book and im lovin it i dont want it to end "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bridie | 10/4/2010

    " i like it kinda scary especially with the person who trys to kill gerald he scarys me "

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