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Liberty or death is just the beginning in this hunt for secrets left by the Founding Fathers.

When sleuthing brothers Sam and Derek visit Richmond’s historic St. John’s Church for a reenactment of Patrick Henry’s famous “Give me liberty or give me death” speech, something’s hidden in the basement. Something important.

As the brothers and their classmates dig deeper, they find clues from Thomas Jefferson, George Wythe, and other Founding Fathers in a quest for a priceless document hidden over the centuries.

But they’re not the only ones searching, and if they don’t solve the puzzles fast, a cunning adversary named Jerry may steal this precious piece of our nation’s history. Secret inventions, hidden passageways and tales of murder are all part of this high-stakes chase from the cemeteries of Richmond to the streets of Colonial Williamsburg.

Mystery on Church Hill is the second book in The Virginia Mysteries series, but it can also be read as a standalone. If you enjoy mystery and adventure like the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, Magic Tree House, or National Treasure, you’ll love author Steven K. Smith’s exciting middle-grade series. The stories are modern-day fictional mysteries with twists of real locations and events from Virginia history. These fast-paced books are popular with both boys and girls ages 7-12, appealing to even reluctant readers!

Also by Steven K. Smith:

The Virginia Mysteries
Book 1 - Summer of the Woods
Book 2 - Mystery on Church Hill
Book 3 - Ghosts of Belle Isle
Book 4 - Secret of the Staircase
Book 5 - Midnight at the Mansion
Book 6 - Shadows at Jamestown
Book 7 - Spies at Mount Vernon
Book 8 - Escape from Monticello
Book 9 - Pictures at the Protest
Book 10 - Pirates on the Bay

Brother Wars
Brother Wars
Cabin Eleven
The Big Apple

Final Kingdom Trilogy (Ages 10+)
The Missing
The Recruit
The Bridge


"My 3rd grader just finished Mystery on Church Hill & loved it! He wants to go see St. John’s Church & head to Williamsburg to sight see there too! I had planned on donating the books to our school library, but he didn’t want to – his reply was ‘I want to save these for my kids to read!''" - reader of Mystery on Church Hill

"Where Mr. Smith shines is when he involves us in actual historic events…the places and people and the skullduggery that beleaguered the famous and infamous of the 18th Century grounds the book…the book is a terrific portal to introduce history to young readers in a captivating way." - reader of Mystery on Church Hill

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"My son loves your books (is currently on #3 and we just bought them a month ago - for him it''s a major step). He finished book #1 that night. He has never read a book in that short of time. The second book he finished right after we got back from vacation. Thanks for all you do and for these amazing stories that has my son loving to read now!" - Michigan parent

About the Author

Steven K. Smith writes The Virginia Mysteries, a middle grade adventure series with a twist of history. Steven lives in Richmond, Virginia, with his wife, three sons, and a golden retriever named Charlie. Born and raised in rural northwestern New Jersey, he moved to Virginia in 2011 and quickly fell in love with its history and charm. You can find him at MyBoys3.com, where he blogs about the adventures of raising three young boys. When he''s not writing, Steven works in e-healthcare and enjoys coaching his boys in sports, hiking and camping, photography, and taking naps. Some of his favorite children''s books include Where the Red Fern Grows, Rascal, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Bridge to Terabithia, and the Chronicles of Narnia series. Sign up for Steven''s Reader''s List to be notified of new books and events at: http://goo.gl/PfYnDI

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Jesse
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
It is like Nancy Drew sleuthing with the Hardy Boys
Reviewed in the United States on September 11, 2017
This mystery story contains a lot of good information on colonial history in America. It made me think of the movie, National Treasure. This is what Stephen K. Smith does in his mystery books, he gives history lessons, and I think that that is a great way for our youth to... See more
This mystery story contains a lot of good information on colonial history in America. It made me think of the movie, National Treasure. This is what Stephen K. Smith does in his mystery books, he gives history lessons, and I think that that is a great way for our youth to learn.

So now, in this book we have Sam going with his class mates to Richmond, Virginia to see St. John''s Church where Patrick Henry gave his "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death" speech.

While there, Sam heads for the restroom and gets lost. It is during this time that he runs into men who are digging stones out of the church wall. He sneaks up on them and hears them talking about the job and realizes that they are trying to find something; they are thieves. They catch him spying and run after him, but he gets back to his classmates in time.

Once home he tells his brother Derek what happened and they get their parents to return to the church, without telling their parents about the thieves.

Having found a treasure at St. John''s Church this time, they sneak it home and look at it in their bedroom and upon realizing that it has to do with George Wythe, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, they talk their parents into going to Williamsburg, Virginia to see the George Wythe museum.

After visiting the museum the boys and their friend Caitlin return to the museum and sneak in. One of the thieves returns and finds them, and the book gets real interesting.
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RachelA
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What are you waiting for?
Reviewed in the United States on November 15, 2017
My 10yo reluctant reader LOVES these books. He''s always liked history but until now it''s been hard to find historical fiction that both holds his interest and is at his reading level. We started reading this series together and then our read aloud time wasn''t keeping up... See more
My 10yo reluctant reader LOVES these books. He''s always liked history but until now it''s been hard to find historical fiction that both holds his interest and is at his reading level. We started reading this series together and then our read aloud time wasn''t keeping up with his interest so he started reading as often as he could on his own. We''re waiting for books 4-6 so he can continue the series. You really can''t go wrong with these books. If your kiddo sounds like mine, they may also like the choose your own adventure historical fiction books.
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Tina M. Battaile
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Fantastic Stories - Keeps Our Son Wanting to Hear More!
Reviewed in the United States on July 14, 2018
We love Mr. Smith''s books! We have a five year-old, and we read to/with him at night before bed. He hangs on every word and loves hearing about Sam and Derek''s adventures. We can see the twinkle in our son''s eyes and know he''s imagining himself tagging along with... See more
We love Mr. Smith''s books! We have a five year-old, and we read to/with him at night before bed. He hangs on every word and loves hearing about Sam and Derek''s adventures. We can see the twinkle in our son''s eyes and know he''s imagining himself tagging along with them.

The weaving in of historic occurrences keeps our son listening with rapt attention. When we visited his grandparents'' house, he was recounting all that had happened to Sam and Derek. The books are clever and entertaining, for young and adult minds alike.

We just finished Book 2, and our son has made us promise to get more books from The Virginia Mysteries. I highly recommend these books!
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ED
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Great series! Great Author!
Reviewed in the United States on March 24, 2021
This book and this series are awesome! It is a historical fiction series that is full of adventure. It also threads in U.S history to the plot. Some of the adventures may be a tad scary for some. Overall, I love this author and his style of writing. I read it with upper... See more
This book and this series are awesome! It is a historical fiction series that is full of adventure. It also threads in U.S history to the plot. Some of the adventures may be a tad scary for some. Overall, I love this author and his style of writing. I read it with upper elementary children. The author also has teaching resources and communicates well over email if there are any questions.
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Carol
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Great book in a wonderful series!
Reviewed in the United States on January 11, 2021
I am a teacher of struggling readers. I have found the Virginia Mystery Series is being enjoyed by one of my 4 th grade readers. This is the 2 nd book in the series. My student is a 4th grader and has enjoyed the first 2 books. The 2 main characters in the series are 2... See more
I am a teacher of struggling readers. I have found the Virginia Mystery Series is being enjoyed by one of my 4 th grade readers. This is the 2 nd book in the series. My student is a 4th grader and has enjoyed the first 2 books. The 2 main characters in the series are 2 brothers. Great story lines that are holding my student’s attention. I live reading it with him. Great book in a wonderful series!
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Jessisforreal
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Great books for boys
Reviewed in the United States on April 3, 2019
My son (age 9) loves this series. He is a reluctant reader and I''m always looking for books that are interesting to boys. This series is great for boys that love nonfiction (like the "Who was" series) or the historical fiction "I survived" books. The adventures and... See more
My son (age 9) loves this series. He is a reluctant reader and I''m always looking for books that are interesting to boys. This series is great for boys that love nonfiction (like the "Who was" series) or the historical fiction "I survived" books. The adventures and suspense that the kids face keep my son engaged and wanting to finish the book. He immediately asked me to order the third book when he finished this one.
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Ken Jensen
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Another great mystery!
Reviewed in the United States on August 21, 2021
The second instalment in the Virginia Mystery series is more or less on par with the first book. Unfortunately, there are some typos and grammatical errors in the book, plus many horrid cases of people nodding their heads, which also occurred in the first volume. That''s... See more
The second instalment in the Virginia Mystery series is more or less on par with the first book. Unfortunately, there are some typos and grammatical errors in the book, plus many horrid cases of people nodding their heads, which also occurred in the first volume. That''s tantamount to describing how people run with their feet.

The story is great, though, and my seven-year-old was thoroughly entertained. I particularly loved the historical setting. Recommended.
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Kate
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Very interesting reading!
Reviewed in the United States on January 5, 2021
This is the second book in the Virginia Mysteries series. I had read the first book and it was very interesting .... even though I had purchased the book for my granddaughter, so I read this second book and it was just as entertaining as the first book. I then ordered the... See more
This is the second book in the Virginia Mysteries series. I had read the first book and it was very interesting .... even though I had purchased the book for my granddaughter, so I read this second book and it was just as entertaining as the first book. I then ordered the rest of the series (7 more books) for my granddaughter for Christmas so that I could read them also!
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A Very Exciting Read!
Reviewed in Canada on March 29, 2021
My daughter loved this series! She is 12 and the books were a good reading level for her. The books were suspenseful. They are set in modern times but with old school mystery. Great books!
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Reviewed in Canada on December 7, 2017
As described, shipped fast!
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