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 ★

Parents can trust the Caden Chronicles series. There is no sexual dialogue or situations, violence, or strong language, only positive moral values.

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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.

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