Taffy Saunders finds mystery and adventure on beautiful Mackinac Island, where her mother has unexpectedly inherited a hotel. A stipulation in the will states that Mrs. Saunders must manage the hotel successfully for a summer in order to gain title to it.
Taffy and her mother arrive at Sunset House to find the little hotel enveloped in an atmosphere of mystery and antagonism. Celeste, the exotic and superstitious French-Indian cook, has gone on strike and the housekeeper and her daughter seem strange and unfriendly. But it is not until mysterious happenings scare the guests into leaving that Taffy realizes someone wants her mother to fail. Who? Why? These are the questions she tries to answer.
Eerie gulls, a locked room, a Chinese gong ringing mysteriously in the night, and the initials J. B. are only a few of the clues that lead Taffy through thrilling and baffling episodes to an unexpected solution.
Original title: The Mystery of the Gulls
Genre: Fiction→ Children & Young Adult→ Mystery