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They Called It Moosicide: A Denali Hawthorne Alaska Mystery (Denali Hawthorne Mysteries Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Lisa Hall Deckert
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Denali's having quite a day, with first a moose in the front yard and now a frozen body. Was it moosicide?  Everyone seems to be writing off Jake's death as a moose attack, but Denali isn't so sure.  As she learns more about Jake, she finds that there were a number of people with far better motives for his death than the moose.  Can Denali find the real killer? 

A Denali Hawthorne Alaskan Mystery, first in the Denali Hawthorne Mystery Series.
The entire Denali Hawthorne Mystery collection is available at

Editorial Reviews


"Moosicide is a delightful and compact story. The atmosphere is decidedly cosy and warm despite the unexpected neighbourhood death. The teenage characters are vivid and affirming with just the right amount of irreverent dialogue. Something to read in one go as you sit by the fire on a winters evening." -


"This was my favorite story included in the Denali Hawthorne Mystery Collection!It is such a fun and quirky mystery. Denali is a great main character and I just loved her spunk and determination! Her level of curiosity reminds me of myself when I was younger!

I definitely recommend reading this or any of Denali's other mystery stories. Lisa is an exceptional young adult writer and has definitely written a winning series for young teens. 

If you like mystery and slightly bizarre happenings, you will love these! Parents, this is the type of story you want your children reading!" -Jill Swanson of Little Hyuts Book Blog, posted on Goodreads


They Called it Moosicide has been awarded a place on the Awesome Indies list of quality independent fiction.

From the Back Cover

First a moose in her front yard, and now a frozen body. Denali's having quite a day. Everyone seems to think that Jake was killed by a moose, but Denali isn't so sure. As she learns more about Jake, it seems that there were plenty of people with better motives than the moose. Can she and her friends find the real killer?

Product Details

  • File Size: 288 KB
  • Print Length: 106 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004YQRB30
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #591,198 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beware the Moose... May 12, 2011
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A wonderful YA mystery set in suburban Anchorage. Each chapter opens with the thoughts and feelings of a cow moose who may or may not have inside knowledge about the death of Jake Jackson, Denali Hawthorne's neighbor.

Denali is an insatiably curious 16 year old not convinced that the police have their facts straight. She found Jake's body in her front yard and takes proprietary interest in solving the case.

Stick around at the end, where the author throws in a freebie - a short-short involving missing pieces of valuable art and a winter carnival. Denali, of course, sorts things out.

Recommended reading for all YA mystery enthusiasts and anyone who likes moose.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nuts About 'Nali... May 11, 2011
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Denali Hawthorne, a spunky teenage girl in Anchorage, Alaska, has an "insatiable curiosity", and what could be more curious than a frozen body in her front yard? Stranger still, it appears that the young man had a close (and ruinous) encounter with a moose! Nancy Drew, step aside, because author Lisa Hall Deckert has a winning protagonist in "Nali" Hawthorne. This delightful book kicks off a mystery series that will enchant and educate young readers. Ms. Deckert has given Nali and her friends authentic teenage voices and captured the beauty of Alaska to boot. Have I mentioned that marvelous Moose?
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Promising Debut May 8, 2011
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They Called It Moosicide is an intriguing murder mystery aimed at young teenagers. As someone who is a lot older than the target audience, I tried to remember the type of book that I would have enjoyed at this age - this book would certainly have ended up on my reading list.

The book introduces to the world of Denali Hawthorne and her snow-covered city Anchorage. The author carefully constructs a world which simultaneously allows the murder mystery to play out while also developing relationships that will span the series of books this series will cover. Often when authors attempt this they overemphasise one of these aspects, but Ms. Deckert pulls off the right balance - which is no mean feat.

My favourite aspect of the book is the fact each opening chapter is presented from the moose's point of view. This serves to both educate young readers and deepen the suspense of the identity of the murderer.

This book will make a great gift for young teenagers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Summer Read! May 15, 2014
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Delightful YA mystery set in the refreshing backdrop of Anchorage, Alaska.

I really enjoyed this easy-flowing tale – like a cool breeze. Great winter story for the summer!

In addition to a satisfying conclusion, the reader is rewarded with a fun mini mystery for dessert.

Moosicide? I love it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining July 30, 2013
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I enjoy mysteries set in Alaska and They Called it Moosicide didn't disappoint me.

The story begins with a young girl noticing a moose standing on a snow berm nibbling from a tree as she made her way to the bus stop. On the way home, she discovered the moose hadn't been the only thing on the berm.

I don't want to give away any of the plot for this story. Let me say that I enjoyed the interactions between the girl, her family, and the neighbors. I also enjoyed the POV of the moose thought to be involved in the death of a young man.

There were several twists that took the reader in different directions before the truth of the young man's death is revealed.

I give this novel 3.5 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Teen Mystery May 14, 2013
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Terrific easy read. The characters were interesting and it was easy to get interested in the characters and their environment.
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More About the Author

I live in a split entry house. From the front door, a short flight of stairs leads up to the main floor and another leads down to a hallway lined with overstuffed bookshelves. One Halloween, I opened the door to two trick-or-treaters, about nine years old. As I offered them candy, one of the boys asked in an awed voice, "Are you rich?" Laughing I asked him why he thought so, and he said, "All of those books!" Afterward, I looked at the paperback mysteries, the old encyclopedia we'd acquired one volume a week at a grocery store, the assorted hardbacks from bargain tables and secondhand stores, and I realized that he's right, I am rich.

-Lisa Hall Deckert

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