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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  John V. Madormo  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction




Illinois Connection

Madormo lives in Naperville.

Biographical and Professional Information

Madormo, a Chicago area screenwriter, author, and college professor.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

The Homemade Stuffing Caper: Book 1 (Charlie Collier, Snoop for Hire)
ISBN: 0142423807

Puffin Books. 2013

He's got a knack for puzzling out the most twisted mysteries…

Charlie Collier is a whiz when it comes to brain teasers and word problems. He's also the go-to guy when friends and teachers find themselves in a pickle, but lately Charlie finds himself yearning for a big score. So he puts up signs around the school and waits in his parents' garage to see what mysteries stumble in. And one does! Soon Charlie finds himself hot on the trail of an evildoer and realizes he'll need more than smarts to solve this case. With the help of his trusty sidekick Henry, new client Scarlett, and code-cracking grandmother Charlie puts his reasoning skills to the ultimate test. But will that be enough to unravel this dangerous caper?

The Camp Phoenix Caper: Book 2 (Charlie Collier, Snoop for Hire)
ISBN: 0142427624

Puffin Books. 2013

He’s got a talent for unraveling the most tangled mysteries…

Charlie Collier is back solving mysteries out of his parents' garage, and this one's a doozy! Charlie’s friend Sherman’s brother is missing and it’s up to Charlie to track him down. And then there's a series of robberies in town involving masked teenagers. Could they be related? Charlie has to get himself in a heap of trouble—like getting thrown in juvie!— to figure out what's going on.

The Copycat Caper: Book 3 (Charlie Collier, Snoop for Hire)
ISBN: 0399162569

Philomel Books. 2013

The third in


contemporary series just like

Encyclopedia Brown, but with a little more brawn, and a lot more brainteasers!

Super-sleuth Charlie Collier is thinking about taking a hiatus from his detective agency to play a private eye in a school play—but when some real robberies stump the police, Charlie realizes that detective work really is his true calling.

He and his sidekicks Henry and Scarlett team up with Charlie’s grandma and her old buddy Eugene to set a trap for the robber—one they’re sure will catch him. But the trap doesn’t work out quite the way they thought it would, leaving Charlie, Henry and Scarlett in grave danger.

This high-stakes adventure is filled to the brim with brainteasers. Charlie can solve them all—can you?

What people are saying about Charlie Collier's first caper:

“I loved reading The Homemade Stuffing Caper. The mystery is challenging. The many characters in the book are great fun. I look forward to reading the next Charlie Collier story, and the next, and the next, and the



.”—David A. Adler, author of the Cam Jansen mysteries

The Homemade Stuffing Caper is an exciting mystery, full of jokes and puns, as well as brainteasers and lots of detective work. This may be the first mystery you don’t want the detective to solve, because you won’t want it to end!”—Bookpage

“Brisk and absorbing, author John Madormo’s debut tips its fedora to hard-boiled classics with its ‘sixth-grader meets Sam Spade’ narration.”—FamilyFun Magazine

“With mysteries to solve, codes to decrypt, and an extended cast of colorful characters in tow, this first in a new series offers lots of mystery fans to chew on and will leave them hungry for the next installment.”—Booklist

A Bookpage Top Ten Summer Reading Selection for 2012


-- Charlie Collier, Snoop for Hire: The Homemade Stuffing Caper