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Melissa’s parents have moved to Hilton Head Island to pursue their real estate dreams in her senior year in high school. Her social life crashes. Her old boyfriend runs off with the class flirt, leaving her with no one. She is having trouble making friends in her new high school. Even worse, her parents keep wanting her to babysit her new baby sister, Nancy, and that makes her even more of a social outcast.

When Melissa thinks she has reached her peak of being out of it, things take a radical turn for the worse. She is walking on the beach after she has a blow up with her mother about taking care of Nancy. First she stumbles into a huge blue heron who scares her to death. Then she stumbles into a dead body of a girl in a beach chair looking out to sea. The police show up. They think she did it. Is somebody trying to frame her? What does Melissa do next? She had better figure it out soon before she ends up in jail for life.

If you liked Blue Heron Mystery you will enjoy other young adult thrillers by Dora Benley such as Mary’s Gone, Latin Lessons, Rose Red, Murder on Spirit Island, Murder in Jasper, Silver Wolf Moon, Back to Venice, Murder On Hollywood Beach, and Ophelia Plot.

Blue Heron Mystery starts the evolution of a theme in Dora Benley’s novels that becomes even bigger in other series — kidnapping little girls. The kidnapping of Nancy in this thriller develops into the kidnapping of Little Katie in the Dark Series and ends up as the kidnapping of Thomasina Edwina Ware in the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series.

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