A death, a curse, a ghost, nasty people . . . an excellent new mystery!
Intrigue. An eccentric millionaire. A woman’s disappearance. A child’s skeleton. A ghost. A towering castle. A secret tunnel. All of these and more make up this compelling new mystery novel by award-winning author Curtis Parkinson.
When the owner of the castle on Deadman’s Island dies, his bizarre will leaves it to three of his friends who hate each other. Dark schemes follow, and the curse of the castle, entrenched forever in local lore, strikes again.
Neil, Graham, and Crescent, the main characters from Death in Kingsport, become involved when Graham’s Aunt Henrietta, who is bequeathed one-third ownership of the castle, mysteriously disappears.
Has she gone on a trip, as some insist, or is there more to the story? Graham, with a sense of foreboding and the help of his friends, is determined to find out before it’s too late.
About Curtis Parkinson
Curtis Parkinson grew up in Kingston, Ontario. He graduated from Queen's University in chemical engineering and worked in South America and in Canada for many years. Then he moved to the Caribbean to live on a sailboat and to write, a lifelong dream. As Curtis says, "Many rejections later, the cat fell off the boat one night, and the cat's story became my first book, Tom Foolery."
More picture books and short stories followed, then five young adult novels.
Curtis's first novel was Storm-Blast, the story of three lost teens adrift in the vast Caribbean Sea. Next came Sea Chase, a tale of a boy's desperate search for his father, missing from their sailboat in the night. Both were nominated for Red Cedar Awards, and Sea Chase for the Arthur Ellis Award as well.
Domenic's War, Curtis's third novel, is based on the true story of a 12-year-old Italian boy caught in the midst of one of the fiercest battles of World War II. It was nominated for a Silver Birch Award, and has been translated into Italian.
Death in Kingsport, published in 2007, is a murder mystery featuring a 15-year-old sleuth, Neil, his sidekick, Graham, and new friend Crescent in a town where nothing is as it seems.
Just out, another exciting murder mystery with Neil, Graham and Crescent. The Castle on Deadman's Island tells the story of a mysterious disappearance, a castle with a curse, and a most unusual will, a will that leads to murder and mayhem.
Bibliography — Curtis Parkinson
Young Adult Novels
The Castle on Deadman's Island (Tundra), 2009
Death in Kingsport (Tundra), 2007
Domenic's War (Tundra), 2006
Sea Chase (Tundra), 2004
Storm-Blast (Tundra), 2003
Emily's Eighteen Aunts (Fitzhenry), 2002
Mr. Reez's Sneezes (Annick), 1999
Tom Foolery (Bradbury Press) , 1993
Wings, appeared in First Times, short story collection (Tundra), 2007
The Double-Ender, appeared in The Antigonish Review, 1993
The Reluctant Alien, appeared in The New Quarterly, 1993
Praise for Death in Kingsport:
“. . . a fast-paced murder mystery chock full of historical fact . . .”
— The Kingston Whig-Standard
Praise for Domenic’s War:
“[The protagonist’s] stories of strength, resourcefulness, and survival are deftly placed within the context of the Monte Cassino campaign and will give readers a poignant look at the ways in which the war affected average citizens.” — School Library Journal
“. . . a heartwarming, uplifting . . . fine book . . . this action-packed narrative of that memorable and bloody battle is also a story of selfless generosity, friendship, and heroism.” — VOYA