Synopses & Reviews
Twelve-year-old Colophon Letterford has a serious mystery on her hands. Will she discover the link between her familyand#8217;s literary legacy and Shakespeareand#8217;s tomb before itand#8217;s too late? Antique paintings, secret passages, locked mausoleums, a four-hundred-year-old treasure, and a cast of quirky (and some ignoble) characters all add up to a fun original adventure. Readers will revel in a whirlwind journey through literary time and space in real-world locales from Mont St. Michel to Stratford-Upon-Avon to Central Park!
"In a prologue set in 1616 on the island of Le Mont Saint-Michel, publisher Miles Letterford secures a mysterious treasure, and Hicks establishes an aura of old-fashioned mystery in his entertaining debut. To ensure both the integrity of the publishing house and his family's well being, Miles ordained rules of governance for future generations and left clues in a grandiose portrait regarding a treasure available in time of need. The present-day story, which opens in the U.S., takes place between Thanksgiving, when 12-year-old Colophon realizes that a relative seeks to unseat her father as Letterford president, and Christmas Eve, when her father must prove his ability to sustain the publishing house. After prevailing on her 15-year-old brother, Case, to help their father sign up a trio of eccentric authors, Colophon enlists her oddball adult cousin Julian on a wild treasure hunt that takes her to London. The narrative alternates between Colophon and Case's transatlantic adventures and the conniving shenanigans of the power-seeking relative. Geyer's ink illustrations convey both humor and thrills, while a partial resolution sets the stage for another mystery. Ages 9 12. Agent: Steven Chudney, the Chudney Agency. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
The Daand#160;Vinci Code meets Nancy Drew in this galloping middle-grade mystery about twelve-year old Colophon Letterford and the ancientand#160;treasure left to her literary publishing family.
In this galloping middle-grade mystery, twelve-year old Colophon Letterford searches for the treasure left to her literary publishing family. Antique paintings, secret passages, locked mausoleums, family secrets, a 400-year old treasure, and a cast of quirky (some ignoble) characters all add up to a fun, original reading experience.
About the Author
As a lawyer, Deron Hicks investigates mysteries for a living, so it's only natural that he wrote about one of literature' s most puzzling people. He lives in Warm Springs, Georgia with his wife children.
Mark Edward Geyer is best known as the illustrator of two Stephen King novels: Rose Madder and The Green Mile. Mark has worked in a variety of illustration genres, including corporate advertising, editorial, and architectural. He comes from a long line of artists.