Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Dead Man's Hand by Eddie Jones
He saw a dead man in the hayloft in the barn, but when he takes folks back there to show them, it's gone...
Zondervan and Edelweiss let me download the eBook of this story for review. The book has been published and you can get a copy at your local bookstore. This is the first book in the Caden Chronicles series.
Nick Caden is fifteen and on vacation with his family. His little sister is a pain and his folks don't always get along. And now they are going to a ghost town for vacation. Can it get any worse? Yep, when you know you found a dead man and nobody else believes you.
The story is set in a ghost town that the sheriff would have you believe holds actual ghosts as well as staff members named after characters in the old West. This resort is not doing well and staff has dwindled, but there are still enough there to give Nick several suspects in the killing.
His parents know he's bored, so they decide to humor him and ask the sheriff to hire him as a deputy and let him try to "solve" the case. They have no idea just how dangerous this lazy resort can be.
The author makes Nick a strong character with some geeky knowledge and an eye for facts that fit and those that don't. Mr. Jones also gives him "Annie Oakley" to help and hinder his case. This is a fast paced interesting story that is fun to read. It's also just the first in a new series with a young detective. Nick will be back.