October Schwartz and her five deadest pals are back for another crime-solving caper
When October Schwartz raises her five dead friends to investigate the cause of Cyril Cooper’s death way back in 1783, she expects a dull research-based journey into the lives of Canada’s earliest British settlers, the United Empire Loyalists. You’d think our favourite teen detective would have the hang of this solving-mysteries thing by now, but when a ghost pirate appears on the scene, October may be in over her head.
The ghost pirate — or someone in a very convincing costume — is thieving key evidence at every turn, beating October to the goods time and again. Worst of all, Valentine’s Day is looming, and October’s friends seem more concerned about secret admirers than secret conspiracies. As October digs deeper into the mystery, she starts to suspect the pirate may be someone very close to her, just as she uncovers facts regarding her long-missing mom and the meaning behind a cryptic message from a past case.
The Dead Kid Detective Agency’s third quest is a veritable bouquet of misadventures that weaves the American Revolution, a beyond-chaotic school dance, a historic sea vessel, and a boatload of supernatural shenanigans into one unforgettable madcap adventure.
Evan Munday is the author and illustrator of the Silver Birch award finalists The Dead Kid Detective Agency and Dial M for Morna. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.
Published: September 2015
Dimensions: 5 x 8.75 in.
"Enjoyably campy horror set in a small town with, plainly, dark secrets aplenty yet to discover." — Kirkus Reviews
"A blast! Fun writing, great characters and a great read." — Kevin Sylvester, author of the Neil Flambé Capers
“Recommended.” — CM: Canadian Review of Materials
"If you're looking for a fun book to read this Halloween, you just can't go wrong with a ghost pirate mystery." — Literary Treats
“Although Munday manages to work quite a bit of Canadian history into his books, their appeal is his quirky sense of humour and amusing dialogue . . . We look forward to several more books in this series.” — Winnipeg Free Press
"October Schwartz has got to be one of my favourite female protagonists . . . Munday captivates with his unique brand of humour and a host of interesting secondary characters—you won’t even notice you’re learning a thing or two about Canadian history along the way." — Susan Nielsen, author of We Are All Made of Molecules
“Combining history, mystery, and ample pop culture references (from Murder, She Wrote to Oingo Boingo), Loyalist to a Fault is another funny and sneakily educational addition to Munday's much-lauded series.” — Quill & Quire
“Mr. Munday adroitly crafts a tale that is a genuine unique blend of perspectives, voice, intrigue-filled social situations, aspects of the macabre laced with snippets of historical facts. . . [Loyalist to a Fault] will totally ‘kidnap’ readers from the start!” — Recently Read
“With every subsequent book released in the series Munday proves himself to be an increasingly sharper and tighter storyteller.” — National Post