• The Mystery of Hollow Inn

  • Samantha Wolf Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Tara Ellis
  • Narrated by: Tara Ellis
  • Length: 2 hrs and 25 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (51 ratings)

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By: Tara Ellis
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Publisher's Summary

Twelve-year-old Samantha Wolf, and her best friend Ally, are excited to spend part of their summer break in the mountains of Montana. But unbeknownst to them, Hollow Inn is bathed in mystery and legend. After arriving, they soon discover that things are not going well for Sam's Aunt and Uncle, who own the Inn. There's vandalism, ghostly sightings and rumors of lost treasures. Determined to help, Sam and Ally embark on a challenging journey to discover the truth.

©2014 Tara Ellis (P)2014 Tara Ellis

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Fun Children's Mystery

What other book might you compare The Mystery of Hollow Inn to and why?

Nancy Drew would be a good comparison.

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I listened with my 10 yr old daughter and we both enjoyed the story. It's nice that it's a shorter audiobook. We were able to listen in one sitting and it took her mind off of recovering from surgery. It wasn't too predictable so it kept you wondering and mind active.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Very Nancy Drew!

What a fun and suspenseful tale! Tara Ellis has begun a fantastic middle grade to YA series perfect for the mystery lover. I cannot wait to see what over legends and mysteries this pair solve.

Ellis also narrators this story and while it started off like she was simply reading a story I can honestly say her performance got better as the story continued. She definitely has talent.

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delightful read.

good story, well put together, excellent reader, I just wish it had been a little longer so I could get to know the characters better.

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Really good audiobook!

Lots of fun audiobook! The story surely reminds me of Nancy Drew! Samantha leads the girls in trying to find the "ghosts" or whoever is causing orobkems! Be sure to listen to this good story!!

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Buddy Reading

I live in Alaska and my grandchildren live in the Midwest and South. I miss them and was determined to have a relationship with them. To make it as strong as it would be if I were there, I had to get creative. I use the video calling to buddy read with them. We read this together, a boy 9, girl 11, boy 11, boy 12.
We enjoyed the story very much. My granddaughter was as thrilled with Sam and Ally as I was with Nancy Drew. I see more from this series in our future. The boys also enjoyed the story. They were all caught up in the story. Sam and Ally are 12 year old friends who are visiting Sam’s aunt and uncle in Montana. They rode a bus for 10 hours by theirselves. That detail greatly impressed my grandchildren who have never gone alone on a vacation. When they arrived they found there was no cell service. They found it interesting that the girls not only survived a vacation with no cell phone, they actually enjoyed it. I personally loved that part. I also liked the way the author called attention to the fact that the girls each felt differently about social media. The girls are told about the Hollow Legend on their ride to the inn. The adventure begins. The kids said they were able to picture the adventure because the author described things wonderfully. We all agreed that we thought the narrator, who is the author, was easy to listen to and did a good job. They like how she was able to portray all the emotions using just her voice. We are looking forward to more mysteries with Sam Wolf.

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An entertaining mystery for kids

If you are looking for a mystery to read to your kids or to listen to on a road trip, the Mystery of Hollow Inn is a good choice. The story is entertaining and sometimes a bit spooky. Kind of like the Hardy Boys with female leads. I would recommend the book for elementary school age children, particularly girls.

I personally found the use of present tense in the book a bit distracting. I also was also sometimes annoyed by the behavior of the kids in the story, but I'm an adult and not the primary audience. I listened to part of the story with my five year old, who proved a bit young as she didn't have the attention span, so I finished the book on my own.

The narrator wasn't as engaging as I would have liked, but she did an ok job with the book.

I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook. This is my honest and voluntary review.

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Fun kids mystery

My 8 year old daughter really liked yhis book. it's like a modern day Nancy Drew mystery. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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The Mystery of Hollow Inn

An enjoyable little mystery! Very reminiscent of the Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden books I enjoyed as a young girl. Definitely a series to keep up with. Well done Tara Ellis!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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I wish this book was there when I was growing up..

A lovely mystery, with two truly sympathetic main characters and a great storyline, this book reminds me of the old Hitchcock's 'Three Investigators' series, but even better, because the investigators are girls!

Fun, entertaining and well-written I'm marking this series as a must-gift to the youngsters in the family :D

Oh, and the narration? It is fantastic!

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A mysterious read!

A legend...
A mystery...
The truth...

An enjoyable and lovable read that will intrigue readers of all ages. A read that has a good-old mystery that is begging to be solved!

These girls were amazing and lovable - loved seeing their friendship develop and seeing them work together to solve the clues and mystery. A brilliant read!

Full of mystery, adventure, suspense, suspicion, trust, legends and secrets.

Perfect for readers of mystery novels.

The narrator was good. I liked listening to it - very enjoyable and pleasant.

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