I loved the historical references to the Port Elgin area, bringing Lake Huron and surrounds to life. The Cold Case Kids are so accepting of each other’s strengths and weaknesses, and also the unusual, aka Angus the zombie. Even Grandpoop has an open mind.
I really liked the character of Angus, one of the CCKs, even if he was only partially there – literally! Phantom Reaper will hook you from the beginning. Don’t let the 8+ age group limit who you give this book to. I am a long way past it.

Linda Allardyce

I bought Doug Archer’s books for my neighbour’s boy who was 8 years old at the time. I read them first so we could talk about them. I thoroughly got into the story, so well written. Whether you’re 8 or over 60 it’s a good read.


The Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre has proudly carried Doug Archer’s books in our Gift Shop since Ghoul’s Gold – The Mystery of the Chantry Island Treasure was first released!

Doug has done a phenomenal job of taking his research from the Museum Archives and weaving it into an adventure that captures the attention of young readers, while introducing them to local history. Doug Archer has become a treasured local author in our area that is enjoyed by the young and the young at heart. The Museum has proudly supported Doug over the years and we currently carry all three books in the Museum’s Gift Shop year round.

The Cold Case Kids series have become one of our best sellers that our guests come back to purchase year after year.

Terra Sutter
Services Supervisor
Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre

Based on the shores of Lake Huron, the Cold Case Kids mysteries combine history, fantasy and loads of fun in these fast-paced adventure tales. Doug Archer has introduced us to three friends who have to work through their differences to close unsolved mysteries which creates a great read for ages 8 to 80!

Maureen Oliphant

The books were a hit in our elementary school. Doug Archer came to our school and read a few chapters to the students. The students were hooked! Mr Archer left several copies for purchase but I had to have him deliver many, many more. I was continually asked, ” When is the next book coming out, how long do we have to wait for the next adventure?” We put copies of the books in our school library — they were never in! The children related to the young characters who had a love for adventure. After reading the book and Mr Archer’s visit many students were excited to write their own adventure stories. There was definitely a connection between our students and the Cold Case Kids. The children learned how fun and exciting (even a little scary!) such adventures could be.

Rose MacRae, teacher

I love the Cold Case Kids mysteries; the style and setting intrigue me. A small town, moody deserted island, lighthouses, long windswept beaches, and endless summer days provide the perfect backdrop for spooky happenings, long forgotten secrets and just the right amount of danger. Brogan, Heather, Brycen and even Angus, are relatable well written characters who move through clues, evidence, menacing characters and storylines that seems natural in their circumstances. It’s the perfect book series for any young reader, or young at heart, who has ever spent their summers at the cottage, kicking sand, making lifelong friends, exploring, and seeking out adventures to pass the long days of summer.

Terry Milley, Goodreads
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