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YA Crime Fiction by Jeff Falkingham

Books by Jeff Falkingham: 

Sherlock Holmes: In Search of the Source

   It's December 1896 in the booming capital city of St. Paul, Minnesota. Amid the throng of thousands of Irish, Swedish and German immigrants, Sherlock Holmes has returned to America to attend the wedding of Peter Smith, whom he'd befriended ten years earlier in the case of the County Courthouse Caper. Suddenly, there are complications. An overnight fire. A life's work destroyed. And worse: A dead body. The only clues? A pair of boot prints. A mysterious fuel. A missing sword.
   Eventually, a member of Peter's bridal party is implicated in arson---and murder. Now, Sherlock Holmes must race against time, and an overzealous police detective, to solve a mystery before the nuptials can proceed.
   The back story (a literary device common to Conan Doyle stories and pastiches) involves an 1858 conflict in St. Cloud between a prominent slave-holder and an abolitionist newspaper editor.

Sherlock Holmes and the County Courthouse Caper

   The Dakota Conflict of August 1862 provides a provocative backdrop to this intriguing blend of fact and fiction. Set two decades later,Caper  looks back at that dark time in Minnesota history through the eyes of white settlers, Native Americans and mixed bloods who experienced that year's tragic events. 
   Now, it's November 1886 in the tiny frontier town of Brown's Valley, Minnesota. A pioneer family's idyllic life is suddenly interrupted by a series of gruesome discoveries: Six dead bodies, each hanging in a tree, with a letter burned into their forehead by a branding iron. What do the letters spell, and who is the killer? Even the great Sherlock Holmes is baffled---until a 12-year-old frontier lad named Petey Smith, and a pair of mixed-bloods called Iron Will and Muley, come to his aid.
   The history, geography and cultural diversity of the Minnesota River Valley are intertwined with tales of political corruption, deceit, vengeance and murder in this popular work of historical fiction---and mystery.

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In Search of the Source
:  Rude Awakening
County Courthouse Caper:  An Introduction 

Book Club Kits for "County Courthouse Caper" now in circulation at Carver County & Kitchigami Regional Libraries! Each Book Club Kit includes the following:

+  Multiple copies (paperback) of County Courthouse Caper

 + "Queries, Theories and Curiosities" 
     (a list of suggested discussion topics for "Caper")

 + "Idioms, Colloquialisms and Slang"
     (a dictionary of antiquated terms in "Caper") 

 + "People, Places and Thingamajigs"
     (a glossary of obscure references in "Caper")

 +  Author Bio, Book Reviews, News Clippings and more

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"Minnesota History Disguised as a Murder Mystery"


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