Middle Grade mystery series readers will love the challenge of discovering who is behind these supernatural crimes.

Medium Well Done (Dry Bones Publishing, 2022)

On a stormy evening in a cemetery Nick learns that dabbling in the occult can leave you chasing spooks in the night. Nick Caden is no stranger to solving weird mysteries—especially those of a supernatural type. By looking at the facts and dismissing the myths surrounding ghosts, vampires, zombies and the like, he relies on his favorite cop and detective shows to reveal who the most likely culprit might be. But what he witnesses in Bonaventure Cemetery leaves Nick stumped.

When a “ghost” accuses his neighbor of murder—and minutes later Keisha goes missing—Nick is forced into an unlikely partnership with Jaz, a teen with a gift for knowing the thoughts of the dead: or so she claims. As the pair work to find Keisha, they must rely on the word of “Sistah Séance,” a Gullah woman on Georgia’s Sea islands, who seems able to “bring up the dead.”

In Savanah’s Bonaventure Cemetery, Nick must find his neighbor and prove that Keisha and her brother are innocent. Problem is, the only eye witness is the victim . . . a ghost.

“This time Nick doesn’t have all the answers, but he asks the right questions. And what he learns is worse than any lies a fake fortuneteller might pass off as truth. I highly recommend Medium Well Done.” – Kim Childress, Book Editor, Girls’ Life Magazine

Parents can trust the Caden Chronicles. There is no sexual dialogue or situations, violence, or strong language — only a wee bit of humor. 🙂

A Stand-Alone Middle Grade Mystery!

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A Phantom Gunslinger Out for Revenge

Phantom Gunslinger (Dry Bones Publishing, 2021)

Someone is coming for Nick—and maybe his sister and all the girls who ever helped him solve a mystery. In an abandoned theme park atop a Georgia mountain on New Year’s night, a phantom gunslinger steps from the shadows and calls Nick into Main Street for a showdown. Why does the Man In Black want Nick to leave Old West World in a pine box? Nick counts the cases he’s solved and realizes he’s made lots of enemies, any number of whom might want him gone. Nick is about to learn that loose ends from past cases may leave him tied to a train trestle with the Black Beauty’s cowcatcher bearing down. In Old West World, doing the right thing at the right time for the right reasons may leave you on the wrong end of a tombstone.

Complete the “Official Criminal Inquiry” to see if you have the makings of a homicide detective. With questions at the back of the book, you can fill in the answers while you read. When finished, your book report should be thorough enough to catch a crook! Parents can trust the Caden Chronicles. There is no sexual dialogue or situations, violence, or strong language, only a wee bit of humor. 🙂

★ Shortlisted as a Selah Award Winner for Middle Grade Fiction ★

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Rumor of a Werewolf—Can Someone Become a Werewolf?

Rumor of a Werewolf (Illuminate YA, 2019)

While his parents and sister move from Kansas to Savannah, Nick travels by train to Sleepy Hollow where he reluctantly agrees to stay in a restored castle with his mom’s college roommate. Once again, Nick’s curiosity gets the better of him, only this time his super sleuth digging leads him to investigate the mysterious death of a jogger found under a bridge in Rockefeller State Park. Reports of wolf prints, claw marks, and rumors of animals gone missing lead some to believe a werewolf is running loose.

Certain there is no such creature, Nick digs into the case and uncovers hints that part of the werewolf legend may be true. As the last full moon of the month rises over Sleepy Hollow, Nick is about to learn that some monsters are real. And the worst kind of monster is the one you never see coming.

Complete the “Official Criminal Inquiry” to see if you have the makings of a homicide detective. With questions at the back of the book, you can fill in the answers while you read. When finished, your book report should be thorough enough to catch a crook! Parents can trust the Caden Chronicles. There is no sexual dialogue or situations, violence, or strong language, only a wee bit of humor. 🙂

★ Shortlisted as a Selah Winner for Middle Grade Fiction ★

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Dead Low Tide—Do the Dead Stay Dead?

Dead Low Tide (Illuminate YA, 2019)

On vacation with his parents in Savannah, Georgia, Nick Caden is eager to investigate the mystery surrounding Heidi May Laveau, a girl who supposedly died years ago but whose body just washed up on the shore. Once again, Nick’s curiosity gets the better of him, only this time he brings his sister, Wendy, along to investigate—and she’s taken by what appears to be a zombie of the dead girl!

Of course, no one believes Nick when he claims a member of the living dead pulled his sister away in a canoe, even after she proves impossible to find. But this “zombie” has a message for Nick from “beyond the grave.” Now he faces the difficult task of sorting fact from fiction before his worst fears come true. It’s a race against the clock to discover where the true danger lies. And the answer might be right under Nick’s nose.

Who knows what horrors will be found when the tide recedes?

★ Shortlisted as a Selah Winner for Middle Grade Fiction ★

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Skull Creek Stakeout vampire running loose

Skull Creek Stakeout (2018)

Nick Caden has a “supernatural” knack for finding trouble, and his relentless search for truth leads him into worlds of darkness with grave consequences and really creepy mysteries. After solving the Deadwood ghost story, Nick lands a job as a roving reporter for The Cool Ghoul Gazette, a website on paranormal disturbances. When the editor sends Nick to Transylvania, North Carolina, Nick finds a body on a golf course with fangs, bite marks, and a gaping hole in its chest, courtesy of a wooden stake. Is the victim a real vampire or is this a hoax?

Will Nick solve the case before his new job sucks the life out of him?

Complete the “Official Criminal Inquiry” to see if you have the makings of a super sleuth. With questions at the back of the book, you can fill in the answers while you read. When finished, your book report should be thorough enough to catch a crook! Parents can trust the Caden Chronicles. There is no sexual dialogue or situations, violence, or strong language, only a wee bit of humor. 🙂

★ Purple Dragonfly Award Winner for Middle Grade Fiction ★

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Is There a "Ghost Killer" Running Loose

Dead Man’s Hand (Dry Bones Publishing, 2020)

Nick Caden’s vacation in Deadwood Ghost Town becomes a chilling mystery when the fifteen-year-old finds himself trapped in a livery stable with the infamous outlaw Jesse James. The shooter whirls, aims and… vanishes. Great theatrics, Nick thinks. Except now he’s alone in the hayloft with the bullet-riddled body of Billy the Kid. And by the time the sheriff arrives, the body disappears. Soon Nick is on the hunt for the truth—from an abandoned gold mine, through forbidden buffalo hunting grounds, across Rattlesnake Gulch, and around every turn Nick finds another suspect. If Nick plays his cards right, the dead man’s hand might be the clue he needs to solve the case.

Complete the “Official Criminal Inquiry” to see if you can solve the case before Nick. With questions at the back of the book, you can fill in the answers while you read. When finished, your book report should be thorough enough to catch a crook! Parents can trust this clean, middle grade mystery novel to be a fun, short, humorous read.

★ Selah Award Winner for Middle Grade Fiction ★

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