The land of Armera is orbited by the moons of Vesti, colonized long ago by wizards escaping the planet’s terrible wars. But now, DeMartize—Vesti’s greatest wizard—has been kidnapped by the evil twins Kal and Sak, and the colony blames the council. With war threatening, the high wizard Mernes the Mad brings together his 14-year-old apprentice, Peterzik, and Cedric, a 14-year-old “hero rescuer and thief,” for the job of saving DeMartize. Peterzik’s knowledge and Cedric’s accomplished thievery make them the perfect pair. Guided by a vision, the two set out on their long and dangerous journey across challenging terrain. They’re beset by many daunting creatures; these include the Snow King, a fire dragon, a water monster, and a kingdom of bats. And they have to defeat the powerful and wicked twins, hoping to rescue DeMartize before war is declared.
Maria Bruno arrives at the office of Principal Booth for a meeting and all is quiet. Slumped over a table Mrs. Booth, a letter opener sticking out of her back. Maria calls the police, and in walks Detective Viola, tall, dark, and handsome. Viola cautions Maria to not investigate the case, they will, of course, wind up working together. Viola will need all the help he can get: A student is stabbed during a rehearsal of Hamlet, and Maria becomes a target of the mysterious killer. Things heat up when we learn that Mrs. Booth was planning to retire—with a substantial financial cushion. The quirky plot is entertaining, well-paced, and filled with a large cast of malcontents, nearly all of whom are viable suspects. Especially charming is Maria’s 10th-grade English class—the Nut Squad. A fun, twisty mystery. Click image to purchase
Maria Bruno Cohen wanted a calm summer before she took her French cruise to decide if her future would be with the Hunky Detective Joe. Viola or her husband Al. But the new Principal of Hassle High was missing and Maria is needed to fill in. When missing involves murder Viola joins her and the chase is on. Click image to purchase.