One of my favorite parts of being a writer is getting mail from readers, and one question that a lot of readers have been asking lately is whether there will be any more books in the Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates series. I always feel a little sad when I reply that THE BUCCANEERS’ CODE is the final book about Hilary, the gargoyle, and their friends… at least for now. But I hope you’ll be as excited as I am that I have a brand-new book coming out next May, full of new characters, new mysteries, and new adventures. It’s a detective story, sort of an homage to some of my favorite murder mystery tales by authors like Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, and Ellen Raskin. It’s called THE WORLD’S GREATEST DETECTIVE. I’ve been working on it for a long time now, but today I’m finally allowed to share the cover and jacket copy with you!
Here is the gorgeous cover, illustrated by artist Júlia Sardà:
And here’s what the story is all about:
By the end of our time together, someone in this house will be rich. Someone will be the World’s Greatest Detective. And someone, well, someone might be dead.
Detectives’ Row is full of talented investigators, but Toby Montrose isn’t one of them. He’s only an assistant at his uncle’s crime-solving business, and he’s not sure he’s even very good at that. But he sees his chance to prove he could be by entering Hugh Abernathy’s crime-solving contest in his uncle’s place.
Toby’s friend Ivy is the best detective around—or at least she thinks so. But she can’t show off her sleuthing skills and take the title because she’s not allowed to join the investigators’ ranks. Even though the competition is being held at her house.
Then a detective is found murdered before the games begin and his death becomes the World’s Greatest Mystery. And Toby and Ivy may be the only two who can crack the case.
In Caroline Carlson’s newest novel, hilarity and hijinks abound as the greatest detectives around try to solve the greatest mystery they’ve ever come across.
THE WORLD’S GREATEST DETECTIVE will be on sale in May 2017, and I can’t wait to share it with you! Right now, you can preorder it from your favorite bookstore or add it on Goodreads.