ABOUT FLEUR BRADLEY
Fleur is the author of middle-grade novels Midnight at the Barclay Hotel (Viking, August 2020) and the Double Vision trilogy
(HarperCollins Children’s), a fun middle-grade spy adventure series School
Library Journal calls, “a must-read for mystery fans, including reluctant
readers.” Her story “The Perfect Alibi” is in Mystery Writers of
America’s MG anthology SUPER PUZZLETASTIC MYSTERIES, edited by Chris
Grabenstein (Harper Children’s).
Fleur regularly does school and Skype
visits, as well as librarian and educator conference talks on reaching
reluctant readers. Originally from the Netherlands, she now lives in Colorado
Springs with her husband and two daughters, and entirely too many cats.
For more information on Fleur and her books, visit www.ftbradley.com, or find her on Twitter @FTBradleyAuthor.
- I’m Fleur Bradley, and I write mysteries. Look for my story The Perfect Alibi in the 2020 MWA anthology Super Puzzletastic Mysteries, and my new (spooky) middle-grade mystery Midnight at the Barclay Hotel, out now!Midnight at the Barclay Hotel really started with my love for mysteries, a love that was born long ago when I was about JJ, Penny and Emma’s age. I was a very avid reader, but without a YA section (there wasn’t one at the time), I moved from kids’ books to the grown-up section pretty quickly. At the recommendation of a librarian, I read The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie, and I’ve been hooked on mysteries ever since.
I wanted to write a mystery for kids that has some of the same ingredients of Agatha Christie’s books: a good mystery, several suspects, and an interesting, closed-off setting. After visiting the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park (of the famous The Shining movie), I knew I had all the ingredients for a fun—and spooky—mystery for kids.
What made the journey even better was the passion from my editor and everyone at Viking Children’s to make the book the best it could be, and the illustrations from Xavier Bonet, which really brought the story to life. I’m really proud of this book, and hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!