This 300 page graphic mystery novel came out a couple years back, and we've been selling it in the shop, but it was only when the follow-up volume in the Hobtown Mystery Stories, The Cursed Hermit, came out recently that we realized we had failed to post on the site. So, here it is!
Conundrum tantalizingly describes this as, "Nancy Drew meets David Lynch in this mystery thriller set in a remote and eerie east-coast village." Want to know more? Here's the rest of the Conundrum promotional text: "The story follows a gang of young teens who have made it their business to investigate each and every one of their town’s bizarre occurrences as The Teen Detective Club (a registered afterschool program). Their small world of missing pets and shed-fires is turned upside down when real-life kid adventurer and globetrotter Sam Finch comes to town and enlists them in their first real case—the search for his missing father. In doing so, he and the teens stumble upon a terrifying world of rural secret societies, weird-but-true folk mythology, subterranean lairs, and an occultist who can turn men into dogs. The Case of The Missing Men is at turns funny, intriguing, eerie and endearing, and is beautifully illustrated in a style reminiscent of children’s pulp classics like Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys."
This one may be out of print (not certain; but we haven't been able to get a restock), but we have a couple left.
Here's the second volume in the Hobtown Mystery Stories series!
Weighing in at 160 pagesm this one is a slighter volume than the first, but looks just as good. Here's the Conundrum hype-up:
"Reeling from the strange and confusing discoveries of their last adventure, the Hobtown Junior Detective Club is looking forward to Christmas break when two of its Teen Detectives —Brennan and Pauline—are made to attend an extra-credit boarding school called Knotty Pines. After attending their first classes, however, they realize they may have stumbled on their weirdest case yet!
It’s not just that the Headmaster and the Headmistress are unusually strict, it’s that they seem to be controlling the students, transforming them into boneheads and bullies. On the final night of their stay, the boys and girls are paired up to pledge eternal allegiance to the long-dead Lord Hobb—and to each other—in unholy matrimony!
Isolated from their fellow sleuths, our intrepid young investigators need to rely on a cast of colourful characters to lift a curse that has plagued the good people of Hobtown for centuries! Bizarre, funny, frightening, and heartwarming, this latest instalment of the Hobtown Mystery Stories brings our teens one step closer to uncovering the haunting truth of their funny little east-coast village."
CHeck out a brief prview on Kris Bertin's blog, HERE.