ABOUT THE BOOK:

Author(s): Rosalind Barden
ISBN-13: 978-1-949281-01-9
Release Date: October 1, 2018
Category: Young Adult

Sparky of Bunker Hill and the Cold Kid Case

Synopsis:

It's 1930s Los Angeles, and 11-year-old Sparky is a girl on the run, framed for murder. Everyone in downtown's old Bunker Hill knows the barefoot street kid who works for a bookie is guilty, except studious Bobby, who fancies he's her fiancée, and suave Marigold, who fancies he's her beau. Sparky fancies she's neither! A reclusive silent film vamp and her mysterious servant hide her in their mansion. Can she trust them? Or her bookie? City Hall, an angry horse, candy and a car chase are in the crazy noir mix too. As the price on her head gets bigger by the day, Sparky knows it's up to her to find the killer and why she got framed, before she ends up dangling from the hangman's rope. 
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Marta Arroyo said on 11/02/2018:
I will check it out!
Valerie Woebkenberg said on 11/01/2018:
Congratulations! What an intriguing concept. The 1930's seem like a great time period for murder and mystery.
Janine said on 11/01/2018:
Good Luck!
Mary Jane Overall said on 10/31/2018:
I love the title. Will have to read it!
Lucy Grimm said on 10/30/2018:
Love the front cover, and story. Congrats
Terri Sabol said on 10/25/2018:
Fun mystery idea including cold cases.
Christine Reynebeau said on 10/25/2018:
very intriguing idea!
Ali LaVecchia said on 10/25/2018:
What a great idea for a mystery adventure for young readers! I love the protagonist and setting for the storyline. I'm a fan of strong young girl or boy characters who move into wild adventures that offer twists and turns for the reader. Good luck with your new release! I look forward to acquiring and sharing a copy.

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     Some characters from “Sparky of Bunker Hill and the Cold Kid Case” first appeared in my short story “The Monkey’s Ghost” in the anthology “History and Mystery, Oh My!” a FAPA President’s Book Award Silver Medalist. 

     Los Angeles’s Bunker Hill is much changed from the 1930s when Sparky lived there. Now it’s covered with skyscrapers. I’ve always been drawn to Bunker Hill, even before I knew its history. I wish I’d seen it then, when it was still strange and funky.





It's 1930s Los Angeles, and 11-year-old Sparky is a girl on the run, framed for murder. Everyone in downtown's old Bunker Hill knows the barefoot street kid who works for a bookie is guilty, except studious Bobby, who fancies he's her fiancée, and suave Marigold, who fancies he's her beau. Sparky fancies she's neither! A reclusive silent film vamp and her mysterious servant hide her in their mansion. Can she trust them? Or her bookie? City Hall, an angry horse, candy and a car chase are in the crazy noir mix too. As the price on her head gets bigger by the day, Sparky knows it's up to her to find the killer and why she got framed, before she ends up dangling from the hangman's rope. 
SPARKY OF BUNKER HILL AND THE COLD KID CASE is the first in a new YA humorous noir mystery series by Rosalind Barden. Over thirty of Rosalind Barden's short stories have appeared in print anthologies and webzines, including the U.K.'s acclaimed WHISPERS OF WICKEDNESS. Mystery and Horror, LLC has included her stories in their anthologies HISTORY AND MYSTERY OH MY! (FAPA President's Book Award Silver Medalist), MARDI GRAS MURDER, and four of the STRANGELY FUNNY series. Ellen Datlow selected her short story LION FRIEND as a Best Horror of the Year Honorable Mention after it appeared in CERN ZOO, a British Fantasy Society nominee for best anthology, part of DF Lewis' award winning NEMONYMOUS anthology series. TV MONSTER is her print children's book that she wrote and illustrated. Her satirical novel AMERICAN WITCH is available as an e-book. Rosalind Barden's scripts, novel manuscripts and short fiction have also placed in numerous competitions, including the Writers Digest Screenplay Competition and the Shriekfast Film Festival. She lives in Los Angeles, California. Photo credit: Guy Viau
http://www.rosalindbarden.com/contact.html
“Depression-era downtown Los Angeles comes alive when an eleven-year-old back-alley gamin becomes fugitive suspect number-one in a Bunker Hill murder.”
—Jim Dawson, author of Los Angeles’s Bunker Hill: Pulp Fiction’s Mean Streets and Film Noir’s Ground Zero


"The year: 1932. The town: Los Angeles. And the crime? Murder. Filled with 1930s Hollywood glamour and grit, Sparky of Bunker Hill and the Cold Kid Case delivers a piece of the action—and a spunky streetwise sleuth to go with it. With era-specific lingo and the characters to match, Barden crafts a kid-friendly pulp as satisfying as a box of candy. Zowie! Make time to hang with Sparky, amateur detective of Bunker Hill. You’ll be glad you did!"
Diane Vallere, national bestselling author of the Madison Night Mystery Series

     Some characters from “Sparky of Bunker Hill and the Cold Kid Case” first appeared in my short story “The Monkey’s Ghost” in the anthology “History and Mystery, Oh My!” a FAPA President’s Book Award Silver Medalist. 

     Los Angeles’s Bunker Hill is much changed from the 1930s when Sparky lived there. Now it’s covered with skyscrapers. I’ve always been drawn to Bunker Hill, even before I knew its history. I wish I’d seen it then, when it was still strange and funky.
    Guestbook Comments
    Marta Arroyo said on November 2, 2018:
    I will check it out!

    Valerie Woebkenberg said on November 1, 2018:
    Congratulations! What an intriguing concept. The 1930's seem like a great time period for murder and mystery.

    Janine said on November 1, 2018:
    Good Luck!

    Mary Jane Overall said on October 31, 2018:
    I love the title. Will have to read it!

    Lucy Grimm said on October 30, 2018:
    Love the front cover, and story. Congrats

    Terri Sabol said on October 25, 2018:
    Fun mystery idea including cold cases.

    Christine Reynebeau said on October 25, 2018:
    very intriguing idea!

    Ali LaVecchia said on October 25, 2018:
    What a great idea for a mystery adventure for young readers! I love the protagonist and setting for the storyline. I'm a fan of strong young girl or boy characters who move into wild adventures that offer twists and turns for the reader. Good luck with your new release! I look forward to acquiring and sharing a copy.

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