The "Three Cousins Detective Club" Series
WHAT MAKES THE "THREE COUSINS" (T.C.D.C.) BOOKS SO POPULAR?
As cousins, Timothy, Titus, and Sarah-Jane share a special bond (and aren’t encumbered by sibling rivalry!). And since two of the three main characters are boys, the books appeal equally well to boys and girls. In fact, most of the fan mail comes from boys!
Mid-elementary kids can be wild and crazy people! So Cousins Mysteries are filled with humor—humor that's warm and real, and never condescending.
Times have changed, and kids are not as free to roam and explore as they once were. So Cousins Mysteries avoid plot extremes and keep the characters out of harm's way—while still sending them off on exciting and fast-paced quests and adventures.
Mysteries and morality go together by definition: good versus evil, right versus wrong. And the moral grounding of Cousins Mysteries in classical virtues and timeless truths gives them remarkable depth and substance. The books are never didactic, but they offer parents and teachers the option of discussing with children the important themes, such as honesty and integrity, that are subtly interwoven into the stories. Many teachers use the books to teach reading and writing, and many public and school libraries have to keep replacing the books because they wear out from so much use!
A clearly defined story structure—and a satisfying payoff at the end—encourage young readers to see each story through. And see them through they do! Many fans (who range in age from 6 to 12) report that they read the books over and over again. And some of those fans keep writing to Elspeth even after they've gone on to high school and, in one case, college!
There are more than 2 million Timothy, Titus, and Sarah-Jane stories in print worldwide.