About Dead Man’s Hand (Monster Mysteries Book 1) by Eddie Jones:
In Deadwood, Nick Caden discovers the body of Billy the Kid. Is there a “ghost” killer running loose in this old west ghost town?
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 something “ghost-like” lives in Deadwood?
In this middle-grade murder mystery series, award-winning author Eddie Jones takes readers on a Wild, Wild, West ride.
★ Want to help teen sleuth Nick Caden 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 under the “From the Author” section.
Awards for the Monster Mysteries series:
Winner of the Selah award for tween / teen mysteries
INSPY Award nominee
Moonbeam Children’s Book Award nominee
Praise for the Monster Mysteries series
“This series has the same longevity and wholesome quality as “The Hardy Boys” and “Nancy Drew” but the author writes for today’s youth.” ~ Amazon review
“I enjoyed reading this fun, suspense adventure. Great book for middle school. Teen boys and girls will enjoy it, too!” ~ Amazon review
“I would think it would be for ages nine and up. A good Christian book for boys.” ~ Amazon review
“I was guessing until the end of the book. I did not know who it was. Even adults will enjoy this book.” ~ Amazon review
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Eddie is an award-winning author of middle-grade fiction with HarperCollins. Father of two boys, he’s also a pirate at heart who loves to surf.Eddie’s middle grade “Monster Mystery” series is wholesome, humorous reading with a flair for unexpected adventure. The series has a spooky but spiritual message based on real “monsters” (sort of) found in Scripture. Hints at werewolves, ghosts, mediums, vampires, walking dead, mummies, demons, witches, and phantoms are all mentioned in the Bible. But are they real? Nick Caden doesn’t think so. In each episode he sets out to prove who the real killer is. The fourth book in the series, “Rumor of a Werewolf”, released in June 2019 and took third place in the Selah awards for Middle Grade fiction. “Phantom Gunslinger” released November, 2020. Each book has OFFICIAL CRIMINAL REPORT QUESTIONS so readers can easily complete a book report. “The Caribbean Chronicles” is a humorous time-travel pirate fantasy adventure series. The third book, “The End of Calico Jack,” won first place in the Selah awards for Young Adult literature. Book four, “No Good Stede Goes Unpunished” released Dec 1, 2020. All but “No Good Stede Goes Unpunished” and “Phantom Gunslinger” are available as audiobooks. Eddie calls his novels, “fun, fast reads for boys who don’t like to read.”An avid sailor with a great sense of humor, Eddie has been married to a girl he met at a stoplight in West Palm Beach during spring break for… “too many years,” Eddie’s wife says. “Not enough,” says Eddie.From 2009 to 2019 Eddie served as CEO of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. He now writes full time and mentors authors. Awards for Middle Grade and YA novels* Winner of the Selah award for tween / teen mysteries* INSPY Award* Moonbeam Children’s Book AwardReaders Are Leaders – Buy a Boy a Book!Eddiejones.orgPirate-Preacher.comWritersCoach.firstname.lastname@example.orgTwitter.com/EddieJonesTweetFacebook.com/EddieJonesHumorInstagram.com/authoreddiejones