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

Medium Well Done – Chasing Spooks in the Night (Dry Bones Publishing, 2022)

A séance in a cemetery  . . . A phantom figure rising from the grave  . . . A raspy voice accusing the living of killing the dead  . . . On a stormy evening in Savannah’s Bonaventure Cemetery Nick learns that dabbling in the occult can leave you chasing spooks in the night.

Nick Caden is no stranger to supernatural mysteries. From uncovering vampire killers to catching zombies and werewolves, Nick relies on truth, facts, and his favorite cop and detective shows to solve crimes. But what he witnesses in Bonaventure Cemetery leaves Nick chasing spooks in the night.

When Nick’s neighbor, Keisha, goes missing and is presumed dead, Nick is forced into an unlikely partnership with Jaz, a teen with a “spiritual gift” that lets her  “know things about the dead”—or so she claims. As the pair work to uncover the facts, they need to rely on the word of “Sistah Séance,” a Gullah woman on Georgia’s Sea islands, who seems able to “bring up the dead.”

In this mystery, Nick must prove that a young man falsely accused of murder is 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.

“A whip-smart middle grade mystery with a touch of paranormal and much-needed humor. In this stand-alone, realistic crime-scene drama a girl goes missing and her brother is wrongfully imprisoned. Only this time, Nick’s brilliant wit and sleuthing skills are seriously tested when he is brought into a world of spiritualists, mediums and ghosts coming back from the dead—or so it seems. In the spirit of The Hardy Boys and Scooby Doo — ‘is it a ghost or not,’ and ‘those meddling kids’ — I highly recommend Medium Well Done and the whole series, especially for boys and reluctant readers.” – Kim Childress, Book Editor, Girls’ Life Magazine

A Stand-Alone Middle Grade Mystery!

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A Phantom Gunslinger Out for Revenge

A Phantom Gunslinger Out for Revenge (Dry Bones Publishing, 2021)

An abandoned theme park atop a mountain . . . A New Year’s night blizzard . . . A phantom gunslinger out for revenge. In Deadwood, you may lose your life. In Old West World you could lose your soul.

Someone is coming for Nick—and maybe his sister and all who ever helped him solve a “supernatural” mystery. Is a phantom gunslinger out for revenge? Who is this masked man and why does he want Nick to leave Old West World in a pine box? In the fifth book in the series Nick finds that loose ends from past cases may leave him tied to a train trestle with the Black Beauty’s cowcatcher bearing down.

In this middle-grade mystery suspense, award-winning author Eddie Jones takes readers on a Wild, Wild, West ride to the peak of a snow-covered Georgia mountain on New Years night. In Old West World, doing the right thing may leave you on the wrong end of a tombstone.

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

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Want to help teen sleuth Nick Caden uncover the mystery behind the phantom gunslinger?

Complete the “Official Criminal Inquiry” book report and see if you have the makings of a “cold case” detective.

Writing a great book report can be a challenging assignment because it requires the reader (or listener, if an audio book) to remember and analyze large amounts of information. Information like: the story’s main themes, its plot, character’s external problems and emotional issues. No worries! Included on this page are the questions you will need to complete your book report of Phantom Gunslinger.

With this easy-to-follow “Official Criminal Inquiry” worksheet, you can fill in the answers to the questions while you read the Kindle or print version or listen to the audiobook. When finished, your book report should be thorough enough to convict a killer!

Rumor of a Werewolf—Can Someone Become a Werewolf?

Rumor of a Werewolf—Can Someone Become a Werewolf? (Illuminate YA, 2019)

Another attack during a full moon . . . A series of wolf prints along a creek bank . . . Is there a werewolf running loose in Sleepy Hollow?

Can Someone Become a Werewolf? Like most monster myths, Nick doubts that a man can become a wolf during a full moon, but becomes bothered when he hears this passage from his grandfather’s Bible.

“Consider this account of King Nebuchadnezzar from the Book of Daniel,” his grandfather says. “Instantly his body became drenched with the dew of heaven until his hair grew like the feathers of an eagle and his nails like the claws of a bird. ‘Let him live with the animals of the earth and be given the mind of an animal.'”

With a news clipping in his lap, Nick wonders if this ancient curse has come back to haunt those living in Sleepy Hollow.

DAILY CRIER: Law enforcement officials claim a wolf or some other large animal killed the jogger under a bridge in Rockefeller State Park. Large misshapen paw prints were found around the body. There were also bite marks on her hands, and arms. Her death, occurring during a full moon, have led some to suggest that a werewolf may be running loose in Sleepy Hollow.

Certain there is no such creature, Nick digs into the case and uncovers hints that part—perhaps most—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.

★ Shortlisted as a Selah Winner for Middle Grade Fiction ★

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Dead Low Tide—Do the Dead Stay Dead?

Dead Low Tide—Do the Dead Stay Dead? (Illuminate YA, 2019)

A zombie in a creek . . .A “body snatching” . . . A mysterious warning from the grave . . . Are there “walking dead” stumbling loose in the swamps around Savannah?

Do the dead stay dead? Hours before the start of Savannah’s Zombie Crawl, Nick and his sister investigate the rumors that one of the “walking-dead” comes alive on Halloween night. After hours of slapping mosquitoes the pair prepares to leave the old fishing shack and head back to their condo. With his sister in the canoe and Nick on the dock a body floats up from the dark depths of the creek and snatches Wendy!

No one believes Nick when he claims that the corpse of Heidi May Laveau pulled his sister away in a canoe—even after Wendy proves impossible to find. But this body-snatcher has a message for Nick from “beyond the grave.” Now he faces the difficult task of sorting fact from fiction as he seeks to discover the truth about the “walking dead” before his worst fears come true.

★ Shortlisted as a Selah Winner for Middle Grade Fiction ★

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What is the theme of Dead Low Tide

What if bodies in the grave do not stay in the grave?

“While some were burying a man they threw his body into Elisha’s tomb. When the body touched Elisha’s bones, the man came to life and stood up on his feet.” (Book of Kings 13:21)

“The earth shook, the rocks split and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. They came out of the tombs and appeared to many people.” (Matthew 27:52)

Dead Low Tide points readers back to earlier accounts of “dead men walking” mentioned in the Bible.

Skull Creek Stakeout vampire running loose

Skull Creek Stakeout – Is There A Vampire Running Loose? (2018)

A body on a golf course . . . A casket in a cellar . . . A creepy castle on a hill . . . Is there a “vampire killer” running loose in Transylvania?

Nick Caden is a normal teen with a “supernatural” knack for finding trouble and solving paranormal mysteries. After solving the mysterious disappearance of Billy the Kid’s “ghost” in Deadwood, Nick lands a job as a roving reporter for The Cool Ghoul Gazette, a website on paranormal or supernatural disturbances. Now Nick wonders: Is there a “vampire killer” running loose in Transylvania?

When the editor sends Nick to investigate a murder in Transylvania, North Carolina, the young super sleuth finds a corpse with fangs, bite marks and a stake driven through the heart. If Nick proves vampires are real, his job as an investigative journalist is set for life. Except Nick isn’t convinced vampires are real.

But once he begins to peel back the clues surrounding the murder Nick finds his new job is not only dangerous but could suck the life out of him.

★ Purple Dragonfly Award Winner for Middle Grade Fiction ★

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What is the theme of Skull Creek Stakeout?

What IF a person could drink blood and live forever? Could it happen?

“Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood will live forever.” Jesus – John 6:54

Skull Creek Stakeout points readers back to the birth of the vampire myth, which began long before Bram Stoker crafted his Dracula novel.

What age is appropriate for this series?

The Caden Chronicles are appropriate for mature sixth grade readers. Other parents may choose seventh or eighth grade, due to the fact that Nick IS solving a murder. Because he watches old copy and detective TV shows in order to solve crimes, he’ll sometimes think and act like an older teen might. The Caden Chronicles are also a great, nostalgic read for adults.

 

Is There a "Ghost Killer" Running Loose

Dead Man’s Hand—Is There a “Ghost Killer” Running Loose (Dry Bones Publishing, 2020)

A body in a hay loft. . . A mystery in the Badlands . . . A shoot out on main street . . .

Is there a “ghost killer” running loose in this Old West ghost town? “This is an authentic Old West ghost town,” the sheriff tells Nick. “Around these parts the dead don’t stay dead.” It’s all for show, Nick thinks. Nothing more than Hollywood theatrics.

Except Nick Caden’s vacation becomes a nightmare when this Old West reenactment 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 performance, Nick thinks. Only then does he discover the body of Billy the Kid—or so it appears. Is there a “ghost killer” running loose in town?

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 “ghost” murder before his family leaves Deadwood? Or will the town’s desperate attempt to attract tourists bury the haunting truth that dead don’t stay dead on ghost towns?

★ Selah Award Winner for Middle Grade Fiction ★

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What is the theme of Dead Man’s Hand?

What IF spirits could be seen and heard? Would you believe?

“When the disciples saw Jesus walking on the lake, they were terrified. ‘It’s a ghost,’ they said, and cried out in fear.” (Matthew 14:25)

Dead Man’s Hand points readers back to earlier accounts of ghosts mentioned in the Bible.

What age is appropriate for these books?

The Caden Chronicles are appropriate for mature sixth grade readers. Other parents may choose seventh or eighth grade, due to the fact that Nick IS solving a murder. Because he watches old copy and detective TV shows in order to solve crimes, he’ll sometimes think and act like an older teen might. The Caden Chronicles are also a great, nostalgic read for adults.