Young Adult : Age (years) from 12, Grade (CAN) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 8 - 12, Reading age from 12
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Mysteries & Detective Stories
Aug 27, 2019
4.25 x 7 x 0.33 in
FSC certified – mixed sources C016245
Orca Book Publishers
- Author Bio
Secrets never stay buried for long.
Sixteen-year-old Penny has moved with her mom and huge dog, Ollie, to live above a small-town pub owned by her aunt. It's a relief to start over in a place where no one knows her father is in prison.
It's summer, and the only person she knows is her nerdy cousin Simon. Soon she meets Simon's best friend, Brent, and Brent's twin sister, Tara, and their pug, Wolfgang.
When Ollie digs up a human bone in the backyard of the pub, police are called. It turns out the bone is over twenty years old. Who can the dead person be? Surely Aunt Stella can't be involved.
Penny and Simon decide to investigate. Together with Brent and Tara, they form The Crime Club. And before long they discover one thing: if you've killed before, you can kill again.
Key Selling Points
Melodie Campbell is the author of the successful Goddaughter series.
Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine recently called her “the Canadian literary heir to Donald Westlake.”
The book is a delightful combo of the amateur sleuthing and adventure of the Nancy Drew series and the mafia family calamities of the Sopranos, but without the violence.
This is a fast-paced, funny murder mystery.
Marketing and Promo Plans
Print and online advertising campaigns
Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
Planned appearance at local writers festival
Extensive ARC distribution, including NetGalley
Blog post and social media promotion
Outreach in Orca newsletter
"Fun thriller...An accessible thriller for reluctant readers."
- Kirkus Reviews
“A breezy engaging read, particularly for reluctant readers.”
- Dr. Larry Recommends
“Campbell’s intriguing, plot-driven mystery for high-low readers will hold teens’ attention and keep them guessing.”