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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