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Sleuth...private investigator...detective. Many names for the same job, but the role itself comes in all shapes and sizes.
Presenting a variety of detectives, culled from the various novels both published and distributed by Untreed Reads. Whether it's a gritty clown or a children's book author, a pig or an investigator of crimes in the nursery rhyme universe, you'll discover a wide variety of short mysteries here from both best-selling authors and fresh voices.
This anthology contains the first new Amanda Pepper mystery in nearly a decade from award-winning mystery author Gillian Roberts, as well as original stories from Kara L. Barney, Amber Rochelle Gillet, Janet Majerus, Lesley A. Diehl, Neil Plakcy, Kaye George, Whit Howland, Albert Tucher, Herschel Cozine, Rodolfo Peña and Wade J. McMahan.
Nurseryland’s best (and only) private eye has been involved in many cases surrounding nursery rhyme and fairy tale victims, but this is the most baffling of all.
How does one find a person who isn’t there? This is the daunting task that Nathaniel P. Osgood III faces when he reluctantly accepts the case.
Searching throughout Nurseryland, Osgood makes the discovery that the little man he is looking for has not been at many places. Unreliable witnesses who claim to have not seen the little man who wasn’t there all over town add to Osgood’s frustration. In desperation, Osgood resorts to deception to resolve the case to his client’s satisfaction.
An all-new Nurseryland short mystery!
Whenever Luke Clayton rides in on his horse, the townspeople scatter and disappear. But there is always an exception: a young, brash kid who wants to lay claim to the title “the fastest gun in the west.” When Clayton arrives in a new spot, everyone suspects that this fateful day will be no different. Can there finally be a meeting in a wild west town that doesn't end in killing? Will Clayton ride out of town the way he came in, alone and friendless, or will this encounter change the course of his life forever?
George had the ideal job for a man of his talents. Who would suspect St. Nick of being a shoplifter? Now, with his Christmas "shopping" completed, George is a happy man.
That happiness is soon to be short-lived. An unwelcome visitor is about to convince him that it is better to give than to receive and may leave him holding an empty bag. Who is REALLY naughty or nice?
A humorous crime short from our Fingerprints line.
Is Goldilocks really a trespasser who broke furniture and slept in strange beds, or is she the victim of mistaken identity? Our intrepid Detective Nathaniel P. Osgood III (fresh off his success in the short story THE BIRDS) uses all his skills and tricks of the trade to investigate and comes to this startling conclusion: Goldy is innocent! The identity of the real miscreant is a revelation that may startle you and change the way you look at fairy tale characters forever.
Gingerbread houses. Poisoned apples. Huffing and puffing until a house is blown down. Nathaniel P. Osgood III, intrepid private eye in the land of nursery rhymes and fairy tales, has truly seen it all. Until now.
When the royal family is attacked by four and twenty blackbirds baked into a pie, Osgood knows this isn't just another everyday case. As the suspects and clues begin to mount, Osgood begins to wonder if anyone will survive to live happily ever after.