Best Mysteries & Detectives Books for 3 Year Olds

Here are the top 30 mysteries & detectives books for 3 year olds. Please click Read Review to read book reviews on Amazon. You can also click Find in Library to check book availability at your local library. If the default library is not correct, please follow Change Local Library to reset it.

1. You Should, You Should

by: Ginny Tilby
Release date: Oct 01, 2013
Number of Pages: 32
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Hippo’s morning starts off good,
until friends say, “You should! You should!”
You should prance! You should sing!
Wear this hat! Stretch your wing!
Though Hippo wants to be a friend,
he wonders when the shoulds will end.

Hippo and friends will soon find out
that being yourself is what life’s about.

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Children’s Books > Animals

2. The ABC Mystery

by: Doug Cushman
Release date: Sep 01, 1993
Number of Pages: 32
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A is the Art that was stolen at night. B is the Butler who sneaks out of sight. C is the Clue that’s left in the room. D is Detective Inspector McGroom. This delightful book uses alphabet clues that allow children to solve the mystery, as they help McGroom catch the art thieves. Full color.
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Children’s Books > Early Learning > Basic Concepts > Alphabet

3. Agent Secret (Backyardigans)

by: JC SchwandaSusan Hall
Release date: Sep 11, 2007
Number of Pages: 24
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Agent Secret knows to expect the unexpected. On a mission to retrieve top secret containers, Agent Secret must perform a tricky dance sequence and bypass the evil ploys of the Lady in Pink and Henchman Tyrone. Will the mission be a success or end in a recipe for disaster?
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Children’s Books > Animals

4. The Adventures of Max and Pinky: The Mystery

by: Maxwell Eaton
Release date: Oct 14, 2008
Number of Pages: 32
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MAX AND PINKY have painted the barn a nice, classic shade of red. But the next morning—it’s pink! They paint it again, but the very next day it’s plaid! What is going on?!

Something weird is going on—weird and mysterious! But never fear, adventure-loving readers. The best buds will ask the silliest questions, make the nuttiest alarm system, and get stuck in all sorts of place while searching—whatever it takes to crack the case!

Hmm—doesn’t that gopher look a little suspicious?

From the Hardcover edition.

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Friendship

5. The Great Gumshoe: The Case of the Missing Bear

by: Amanda LitzChristy Beckwith
Release date: Dec 01, 2014
Number of Pages: 33
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Teddy is Missing!

Charlotte can’t imagine her life without her best friend. She must get him back, so she enlists the aid of the most famous kid detective, the Great Gumshoe. Together they search the town for clues. Will they find Teddy? Will Charlotte ever play with her best friend again? The Great Gumshoe must use all of his skills to track Teddy down.

This is a fun and fast paced detective story. In the 1930’s, there were no high-tech gadgets to unravel the mystery. The great Gumshoe must rely on his magnifying glass, quick wit, and powers of observation to solve the case.

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Children’s Books > Mysteries & Detectives

6. Top Secret! (Barbie Spy Squad) (Pictureback(R))

by: Mary Man-Kong
Release date: Jan 05, 2016
Number of Pages: 16
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Children ages 3 to 7 will love this full-color storybook based on the latest BarbieTM movie, releasing in spring 2016. It includes press-out paper dolls and over 30 stickers to add to the fun!
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Girls & Women

7. Special Delivery

by: Brigitte WeningerAlexander Reichstein
Release date: Oct 01, 2000
Number of Pages: 32
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One day the doorbell rings. A big brown box is delivered. It’s the vacuum cleaner Mother ordered. She is delighted and tries it out right away. But then the doorbell rings again and there on the doorstep is another big box addressed to Mother. What could it be? Mother pokes and prods and tries to guess until finally the secret is revealed–a surprise pop-up of her little boy jumping out of the box. Here is a sweet and simple story about a wise mother who, in playing along with her son’s game, reaffirms their warm and loving relationship.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life

8. Big Trouble in Little Rodentia (Disney Zootopia) (Pictureback(R))

by: RH DisneyRH Disney
Release date: Jan 19, 2016
Number of Pages: 24
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The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when optimistic Officer Judy Hopps arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde, to solve the mystery. Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Zootopia opens in theaters on March 4, 2016. This full-color storybook based on Disney Zootopia features press-out police tickets and badges!
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Children’s Books > Animals

9. The Case of the Disappearing Scooby Snack

by: Lisa Ann MarsoliVincent J. Musacchia
Release date: Feb 01, 2003
Number of Pages: 22
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Scooby-Doo The Case of the Disappearing Scooby Snacks , illus. by Vince Musacchia, tours the factory where Scooby Snacks are made.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction

10. Mr Gum in ‘The Hound of Lamonic Bibber’ Bumper Book

by: Andy StantonDavid Tazzyman
Release date: Sep 01, 2011
Number of Pages: 256
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Shabba me whiskers! It’s one of those Mr Gum books by Andy Stanton. They’re only the craziest, funnest most amazing books for children in the world.

Mr Gum in ‘The Hound of Lamonic Bibber’ Bumper Book Step once more into Lamonic Bibber my friends – if you dare. In the dead of night, when all the stars are sleeping and the moon’s nipped off for a coffee, something dark and sinister stalks the streets of Lamonic Bibber. As a fog rolls in from the sea, carrying with it the unmistakeable whiff of pancakes and utter dread, an unearthly howl echoes through the cold midnight air. But who – or what – is at work here? Shabba me suspense-filled whiskers, this one will require some serious detective work!

This bigger, better, fatter, grislier, frisbier edition of the Mr Gum World Book Day book comes complete with super bonus material – which means more fun and frolics for you and your Snocklehead friends.

Andy Stanton’s internationally best-selling series has won everything from the Blue Peter Book Award (twice) the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and the Red House Children’s Book Award.

Praise for Mr Gum:

‘Smooky palooki! This book is well brilliant!’ – Jeremy Strong

‘Worryingly splendid’ – Guardian NOT FOR BORERS!

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Children’s Books > Animals > Dogs

11. Strawberry Shortcake’s Seaberry Mystery

by: Sonia SanderJosie YeeJim Durk
Release date: Jan 13, 2005
Number of Pages: 32
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There’s a berry big mystery in Seaberry Beach-someone is stealing all of Coco Calypso’s delicious seaberries! Strawberry Shortcake is on the case, and with a little help from her friends Blueberry Muffin and Rainbow Sherbet, she’s determined to solve this tropical mystery. Full of adventure and exciting plot twists, this mystery will keep kids guessing until the very end.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Girls & Women

12. Who What Where?

by: Olivier Tallec
Release date: Sep 06, 2016
Number of Pages: 32
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In this charming follow-up to 2015’s hit Who Done It?, each page asks the reader a question about the lineup of characters featured on the spread. Sharp eyes and keen observation are necessary. There’s only one right answer, and it’s not always easy! Kids will love learning early concepts like expressions and positions as a natural consequence of their hunt for clues in the details of the lineup. It’s a book for all audiences: the seek-and-find call to action of every page makes Who What Where? a wonderful lap or parent read, while the whimsical art, distinctive horizontal format, and hip exposed board ensures this book will be equally appealing as coffee table décor.
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Children’s Books > Activities, Crafts & Games > Activity Books

13. Dot & Jabber and the Big Bug Mystery

by: Ellen Stoll Walsh
Release date: Aug 01, 2003
Number of Pages: 40
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Bugs are all over Dot and Jabber’s meadow. Then–poof!–they’re gone! Bugs can’t just disappear, can they?
The mouse detectives know a big bug mystery when they see one. Join them as they search for clues to prove that there’s more to this vanishing act than meets the eye.
An afterword provides clear and fascinating information about how insects and animals use camouflage.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Bugs & Spiders

14. Pansy in Paris: A Mystery at the Museum (Pansy the Poodle Mystery Series)

by: Cynthia BardesVirginia Best
Release date: Mar 07, 2014
Number of Pages: 32
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Pansy, the poodle who lives at the Palace Hotel in Beverly Hills and Avery, the little girl who adopted her, are off on a new adventure in Pansy in Paris. The two travel to the City of Lights to solve a new mystery: who is stealing paintings from the museum? With only one clue and their boundless curiosity, the two follow the trail, foil the thieves, and recover the missing artwork—having great fun as they explore a beautiful new city and enjoy its treasures. Pansy and Avery learn about the joy of travel, the satisfaction of a job well done, and the special pleasure of teamwork.
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Children’s Books > Mysteries & Detectives

15. Pansy in Venice: The Mystery of the Missing Parrot (Pansy the Poodle Mystery Series)

by: Cynthia BardesVirginia Best
Release date: Oct 07, 2015
Number of Pages: 32
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Pansy in Venice

In the third and most exotic Pansy tale, the little chocolate poodle and her best friend Avery are summoned to Venice, Italy, to help find a very important parrot. The beautiful bird, Penelope, is the cherished companion of the finest glass-blower in the city?and if he doesn’t get her back, he may never make another work of art. Traveling by speedboat, gondola, and their own six feet, Pansy and Avery follow a mysterious trail of ruby-tipped feathers all the way to a fancy costume ball. They solve the mystery, reunite Penelope and the glass-blower, and learn that loneliness can make people do naughty things, but good friends bring out the best in all of us.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Dogs

16. Secret Hearts (Barbie) (Pictureback(R))

by: Rebecca FrazerJiyoung An
Release date: Dec 23, 2008
Number of Pages: 16
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It’s Valentine’s day—and Barbie has a secret admirer! Follow along as Barbie finds the romantic clues to discover her secret valentine. This fullcolor storybook with punch-out valentine cards is the perfect Valentine’s Day gift!
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Girls & Women

17. Richard Scarry’s The Great Steamboat Mystery (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

by: Richard Scarry
Release date: Feb 04, 2014
Number of Pages: 34
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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. While attending Mr. and Mrs. Pig’s wedding party aboard a steamboat, Sam Cat and Dudley Pig are called on to catch a jewel thief when Mrs. Pig’s pearl necklace is stolen.
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Children’s Books > Action & Adventure

18. Richard Scarry’s The Supermarket Mystery (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

by: Richard Scarry
Release date: Feb 04, 2014
Number of Pages: 34
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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Two detectives, Sam Cat and Dudley Pig, are hired to discover who is stealing food from Grover Dog’s supermarket.
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Children’s Books > Action & Adventure

19. Sammy Feral’s Diaries of Weird: Vampire Attack

by: Eleanor HawkenJohn Kelly
Release date: Aug 04, 2015
Number of Pages: 256
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Eleanor Hawken worked as a children’s book editor for many years and was part of the team that established the Bath Festival of Children’s Literature. Her popular children’s series Sammy Feral’s Diaries of Weird chronicles the hilarious adventures of a boy who spends his time with the furry and ferocious tenants of the zoo his family runs.

Together with his cryptozoologist friends Red and Donny, Sammy Feral investigates weird creatures like werewolves, yetis and dragons. When a whole village of children goes missing, Sammy knows something weird is going on again. A black cat begins following him everywhere, and a legion of vampire bats descend on his own village. Then, Sammy’s little sister Natty gets really ill, with a strange bruise on her neck.

Thanks to his CSC talent (cross-species-communication) Sammy discovers that the cat is here to warn him about evil bats led by the evil Count Batula. The only way to increase their numbers is by biting children, Sammy’s sister does not have much time. The gang create a plan to kill Count Batula, which cat believes will release the other bats back to their normal state.
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Children’s Books > Action & Adventure

20. Angus and the Forgotten Trails

by: Steven Corirossi
Release date: Feb 02, 2005
Number of Pages: 202
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In the third installment of the Angus Books Series, Angus and the Forgotten Trails, 11-year-old Angus McBride and his friends are trapped in an abandoned mine that is likely filled with undiscovered gold and silver lodes. This captivating tale features three elementary school friends who experience a taste of the Old West in Wickenburg, Arizona, during an amazing seven days at the Crazy Horse Dude Ranch.During their stay, the kids stay busy hiking, fishing, swimming, horseback riding, and roping cattle. But it’s during a visit to the ghost town of Vulture City-home of the legendary Vulture Gold Mine-that Angus and his friends, Andrew and Taylor, find trouble. When Angus is injured after falling into a secret entrance of the abandoned mine, Andrew and Taylor attempt to rescue him, but all of them get lost in the process.With little food and water and many miles of dark and creepy tunnels, hundreds of feet underground, the three friends face the most dangerous and frightening adventure of their lives. Is all the treasure that is hidden in the forgotten walls of the Vulture Mine worth risking their lives?
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Children’s Books > Action & Adventure

21. Arthur’s Mystery Babysitter (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Arthur Adventures (Pb))

by: Marc Tolon Brown
Release date: Sep 01, 2004
Number of Pages: 24
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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY.
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Children’s Books > Animals

22. The Astonishing Case of the Stolen Stories

by: Anca Sandu
Release date: Nov 21, 2014
Number of Pages: 32
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Every single book in the kingdom has been stolen—can three daring detectives solve the case?

Meet Cat, Fox, and Bear: detectives extraordinaire! The Prince’s bedtime stories have been stolen, and so has every last book in the kingdom. Could the Big Bad Wolf be the thief? Or is the Wicked Witch the culprit? Join three lovably silly heroes as they face fairytale fiends, uncover astonishing evidence, and solve the ultimate nursery crime.

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Children’s Books > Education & Reference > Books & Libraries

23. Mystery at the Big Blue House (Bear in the Big Blue House (8×8 Simon & Schuster))

by: Janelle CherringtonTom Brannon
Release date: Jun 01, 2000
Number of Pages: 24
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What happens when things start disappearing at the Big Blue House? The Big Blue House detectives must crack the case! Join Bear and the supersleuths Ojo and Tutter as they track down clues and get to the bottom of it all. Try to guess whodunnit in this sidesplitting tale of mystery and intrigue!

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Children’s Books > Mysteries & Detectives

24. Who Is Huckle? (Busytown Mysteries)

by: Natalie ShawStyle Guide
Release date: Jan 04, 2011
Number of Pages: 14
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This board book is shaped like Huckle Cat from Richard Scarry’s Busytown Mysteries TV show. Find out all about Huckle, Busytown’s famous detective!
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25. Goofy’s Hat (Disney Mickey Mouse Clubhouse)

by: Susan Ring
Release date: Nov 25, 2008
Number of Pages: 24
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Preschoolers will have a blast learning to read with all their Clubhouse friends in this new early reader!  When Goofy loses his special hat, he just doesn’t feel very “Goofy” anymore.  Join the Sensational Six as they take on the quest to find the missing hat, and help Goofy regain his confidence.  

The premiere of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse delivered the highest ratings ever for a Playhouse Disney series premiere among Kids 2-5, Girls 2-5, Households, and Total Viewers.  It also premiered at #1 among all basic cable networks in its time period for Kids 2-5.  Mickey Mouse Clubhouse  shows no signs of slowing down yet.  It is the number one show among preschoolers!
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Children’s Books > Animals

26. The Dog Detectives: Lost in London

by: Zoa GypsyFin GypsyMinika Suska
Release date: Sep 01, 2014
Number of Pages: 32
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Detective Jack and Deputy Poco Loco are exploring the sights of London when they crash into a new case

Riddling rats, meddlesome bats, and six missing ravens! The Dog Detectives are cycling through the busy streets of London when they crash into a new case: the guardians of the city, six black ravens, are missing from the Tower of London. With the help of the rat riddler, the Dog Detectives must solve the riddles and find the ravens, before it s too late! The team searches amongst well known landmarks, such as Buckingham Palace, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Trafalgar Square, and Big Ben. Finally the last raven is found in the only place they forgot…The Tower of London!

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Children’s Books > Animals > Dogs

27. Donald’s Lost Lion (Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Early Reader – Level 1)

by: Susan Ring
Release date: Mar 25, 2008
Number of Pages: 24
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Donald has lost his favorite toy lion and he’s desperate to find it before bedtime. Mickey is on the case to help his Clubhouse pal, and with the help of the reader and a few handy Mouseketools, the bedtime mystery is solved. Even the youngest readers will be able to keep up with the action in this Pre-Level 1 Early Reader.  

MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE IS HUGE!: The premiere of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse delivered the highest ratings ever for a Playhouse Disney series premiere among Kids 2-5, Girls 2-5,Households, and Total Viewers.  It also premiered at #1 among all basic cable networks in its time period for Kids 2-5.  Mickey Mouse Clubhouse  shows no signs of slowing down as it settles in to its first season.  It is the number one show among preschoolers!
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Sleep

28. The Cookie Thief Girl Scout Mystery (Girl Scouts)

by: Carole Marsh
Release date: Apr 15, 2016
Number of Pages: 158
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One kooky cookie factory! One delivery truck! One slimy rat! And lots of cookies! Equals one delicious adventure! It’s Girl Scout Cookie sale time for Avery, Ella and their friends Kate and Annie. The girls even get a chance to tour a new bakery where cookies are made! But when the girls see a mysterious mix-up at the cookie factory… and notice some of their cookie boxes are missing… and get caught in a dark delivery truck… a mystery really starts cooking! Who is the cookie thief, anyway? And why?? Tag along with foursome as they try to make sense of this tasty cookie case!

Tagalong as the Girl Scout foursome tries to make sense of the cookie case while staying ahead of a determined pursuer.

This mystery incorporates history, geography, culture and more! Fun activities, built-in book club and SAT words are in each book. This Carole Marsh Mysteries will be assigned an Accelerated Reader reading levels, points and quiz numbers, Lexile Measures, Fountas & Pinnell levels and a Developmental Reading Assessment.

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Children’s Books > Mysteries & Detectives

29. The Flower Prowler (Golden Look-Look Books)

by: Cathy HapkaDiCicco Digital Arts
Release date: Jun 01, 1998
Number of Pages: 24
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Children’s Books > Animals > Mice, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs & Squirrels

30. Buzby to the Rescue (An I Can Read Book)

by: Julia HobanJohn Himmelman
Release date: Oct 01, 1993
Number of Pages: 64
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Buzby, the friendly hotel cat, must protect Serena Lovejoy, the famous movie star, and her royal ruby from some suspicious-looking characters.
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