In Deadwood, Nick Caden discovers the body of Billy the Kid. Is there a “ghost killer” running loose in this Old West ghost town? ★ 2013 Selah Award Finalist for Middle Grade Fiction ★
It’s all for show…right? Nothing more than Hollywood theatrics? “This is an authentic Old West ghost town,” the sheriff tells Nick. “Around these parts the dead don’t stay dead.”
But Nick Caden’s vacation becomes a nightmare when this “living” ghost town takes a deadly turn toward trouble. Soon Nick finds himself trapped in a stable with the infamous outlaw Jesse James. The shooter whirls, aims and… vanishes. Great theatrics, Nick thinks. Only then does he discover the body of a real dead cowboy.
Soon Nick is caught in a deadly chase—from an abandoned gold mine, through forbidden buffalo hunting grounds, and across Rattlesnake Gulch—around every turn he finds another suspect. Will Nick solve the murder before his family leaves Deadwood? Or will the town’s desperate need for tourists’ income bury the haunting truth that a “ghost killer” stalks the living in Deadwood?
In this middle-grade murder mystery series, award-winning author Eddie Jones takes readers on a Wild, Wild, West ride.
* The Monster Mysteries are Award Winning Middle Grade Novels
* Each story involves a “monster” from the Bible: ghost, vampire origins, walking dead, man turned to beast, phantom
* Short, fun, fast read, spiced with humor and illustrations
* No profanity, sexual overtones or glorification of evil
* Book report / criminal report questions for each case
* Encourages readers to list suspects, follow clues, question motives, and look for half-truths and lies in alibis
* Reinforces the Golden Rule
* Honors family
* Middle Grade audiobooks series
* A boy book for boys who like to read
★ Help teen sleuth Nick solve an Old West Ghost Town murder in Deadwood. ★
Complete the Dead Man’s Hand: Official Criminal Inquiry: Write a Book Report – Catch a Crook to see if you have the makings of a homicide detective. With this easy-to-follow “homicide detective” worksheet, you can fill in the answers to the questions while you read. When finished, your book report should be thorough enough to convict a killer! Check out the book report questions on this page: amazon.com/dp/B088P8K41H/.
Awards for the Monster Mysteries series:
- Winner of the Selah award for tween / teen mysteries
- INSPY Award nominee
- Moonbeam Children’s Book Award nominee