I've come to this series rather late - I believe the first one was published in 2006 - but the first 3 books have just turned up in my local independent bookshop with new jackets & a quote from Stephen King...and I was tempted.
King says "I couldn't put it down...I'm hooked on Echo Falls." And he was right!
Echo Falls is the town where 13 year old Ingrid Levin-Hill lives. She is an avid reader of Sherlock Holmes, loves soccer and is a budding actress. However one soccer training evening Ingrid takes a wrong turn, ends up in the wrong end of town at the wrong time and witnesses a murder (well, almost).
Things quickly get curiouser and curiouser as the local sheriff starts asking awkward questions, the director of the local play has a sudden accident, her parents start arguing, the wrong person gets arrested and Joey, a boy from school, starts calling her for a chat.
The mystery is not that hard to solve, but Ingrid is a delight and since the whole thing centres around her, it works. And works well.
If you like Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden style mystery series, then this is for you.
Excellent for mature 10+ readers