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A Cedric O'Toole Mystery
Adult Fiction
Pages: 160
Themes: crime fiction, accidental sleuth, family secrets, long-lost brother, police cover-up
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 27/Aug/2019
Fry Reading Level: 3.4
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Country handyman Cedric O’Toole finds his life turned upside down when a stranger named Steve shows up at his farm, claiming to be his brother. Steve believes they have the same father, and he is on a quest to find him, as Cedric’s unwed mother took the secret of their father’s identity to her grave.

Together Steve and Cedric embark on a hunt for answers. At every turn, people seem to have secrets: the police officer who investigated a suspicious death years ago and who is now the chief near retirement, Cedric’s aunt Penny, who knows all the gossip in the town but claims to know nothing about the death and, most alarming of all, Cedric’s own grandparents and uncle, who insist no good will come of his questions.

What are they all hiding? And does Cedric really want to know the answers?

“Perfect for fans of James Patterson’s BookShots series...Fradkin’s tale keeps readers engaged with just enough tantalizing details to provide intrigue and suspense.”
Must Read Literature: K thru YA
“There is more than enough character development, exciting plot events and intrigue to make reluctant readers work to the end to find out what happens.”
Jim Napier, Deadly Diversions
“A skilled storyteller, Fradkin shares with her readers the compelling odyssey of two grown men who have never met...It is a fine read.”


Arthur Ellis Award Best Crime Novella  | 2020 | Short-listed
CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens  | 2020 | Commended

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