These books combine reading flexibility with action packed mystery. Each book is narrated by Upton, a fluffy white Bichon Frise (that’s “BEE-shon free-ZEY”) and his feline assistant, Watson, who guide the Charles family, including pre-teen twins, Alex and Veronica, through many exciting adventure, offering pearls of doggie wisdom and interesting historical facts along the way.  It's pawsitivelyTM  fun! 

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A Dog-Gone Good Book

Upton Charles is a lot like you and me. He likes to be with his family, play with his friends and go on nice walks. Except Upton isn’t like you and me…because he is a little white dog, a Bichon Frise (that’s “BEE-shon free-ZEY”). 
Upton is also very smart and knows an important clue when he smells one. Our dog detective is recruited to help find the Van Camp diamonds that have disappeared from the local museum. 

Join Upton as he sniff out evidence to find a valuable missing necklace in Disappearing Diamonds

All Paws On Deck! 

Upton and the rest of the Charles family are on vacation in a small coastal town in Maine and something VERY fishy is going on. Along with his new friend, Storm, the dog detective discovers an abandoned boat near Shell Light. Upton puts his nose to work sniffing out clues…which lead to the secret of the lighthouse. Our inquisitive canine, a Bichon Frise (that’s “BEE-shon free-ZEY”), helps answer a tricky question: What’s real and what’s fake?

Follow Upton as he gathers evidence and puts together pieces of the puzzle to solve the mystery in Something Fishy.

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A Flurry Tale!

 Upton Charles and his family are in New Hampshire for a weekend ski vacation and our canine investigator meets three Saint Bernards. But it would not be an Upton Charles adventure without a mystery. Our sleuth is a Bichon Frise (that’s “BEE-shon free-ZEY”), who is quickly on the trail of a long-lost treasure map, buried gold, and the papers of Daniel Webster.

The fire is warm, but the case is never cold. Come along with Upton as he considers two-hundred-year-old clues to solve the mystery in Winter Wonderland.

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Finders Keepers, Losers...

Upton loves to dig for clues, so it’s no surprise that when he and the rest of the Charles family discover some unusual old coins while touring the construction site at the twins’ new school. Our sleuth is a Bichon Frise (that’s “BEE-shon free-ZEY”), a little white dog and he always finds himself in interesting situations. And this time, there is something very familiar about the silver dollars he uncovers. Could they be from a bank robbery? 

Come along with Upton as his efforts lead to the discovery of Lost Loot.
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Lost at Sea                      

When the Chief of Police calls the Charles family to report that a brand new boat and trailer are missing  from the boat show, Upton is immediately recruited to apply his detective skills to the disappearance. Our super sleuth is a Bichon Frise (that’s “BEE-shon free-ZEY”), a little white dog, who wastes no time in sniffing out clues that lead to a surprising discovery.

During the course of the investigation, Upton is joined by a new assistant. Come along with Upton as he unravels another mystery in Ship Shape.


This is about as exciting as it gets.

The carnival is in town and the twins really want to go, although Upton is not too keen on the idea, until the Chief of Police calls and says that there has been a disappearance –the snake lady and all her snakes are gone. Upton, who is a Bichon Frise (that’s “BEE-shon free-ZEY”), a little white dog, knows his duty and joins the Charles’ to sniff out the 
missing reptiles, although he has no idea what a snake smells like.

Actually, Upton doesn’t like snakes at all. Come along and enjoy the ride.  Watch clues slither by as Upton solves the mystery of Tip Top.

Smoke gets in your eyes

While on a walk, Upton and his “human” father, Hank, hear the sound of fire engines speeding to a home around the corner from which smoke is bellowing. Quick work by firefighters eliminates any “real” damage to the house, but when it appears that the thermostat had been turned up to high on a hot summer day, it looks like some serious investigation will be 
needed. Aided by his assistant, Watson, and the rest of the Charles family, our canine detective is on the case. Oh…Upton is a Bichon Frise (that’s “BEE-shon free-ZEY”), a little white dog, and his super sleuth skills will be challenged.

Accompany Upton, Watson, the twins and Mr. Charles as they put together the pieces of the Picture Perfect.

Do my eyes deceive me?

A beautiful sailboat    suddenly appears at  a local shipyardUpton, his “human” father, Hank, together with Watson,Upton's feline assistant, are  asked to find the vessel’s owner. Upton is a Bichon Frise (that’s “BEE-shon free-ZEY”), a little white dog, with uncanny canine investigative skills.                                                                                                              Their efforts are interrupted by the appearance of a Navy admiral, who has a very curious interest in the sloop “Sweet Pea” and her builder, August Mayer, a brilliant, but reclusive scientist.

The mystery is intensified because the boat appears to be brand new, but almost 100 years old at the same time. Join Upton, Watson and the rest of the Charles family as they search for the answers in Time Tale.

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"X" marks the spot

It’s a beautiful spring morning and Upton, Watson and the rest of the Charles family are going to the festival in the park. Everyone is looking forward to the artists and crafters showing off their creations; the food vendors serving tasty treats from all over the world; the flower club members presenting their colorful flower arrangements and the local farmers with their carts filled with fresh produce. All in all a perfect day-that is, until a very rare treasure map disappears from the library’s display case.

The Chief of Police asks the entire Charles family to help find the missing map, including Upton, who is a Bichon Frise (that’s “BEE-shon free-ZEY”), a little white dog, with well honed canine detective skills and Watson, his feline assistant.

Apply your own deductive skills to solve the mystery of the pilfered pirate guide to treasure in Missing Map.

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