Bio: Dr. Gay Toltl Kinman has eight award nominations for her writing, including three Agatha Award nominations. She has several short stories in American and English magazines and anthologies; six children's books; a Y.A. gothic novel; two adult mysteries; and several short plays produced. She has written over one hundred and fifty articles for professional journals and newspapers; and co-edited two non-fiction books. She also writes three book review columns. Two more children's books are scheduled to be published next year. Kinman has a library degree and a law degree.
Rescuing an Arabian Thoroughbred from horsenappers the first time was a feat even for Alison Leigh Powers, 11, Super Sleuth. Particularly when an old house almost collapses on them. But the horsenappers try again. Nothing can stop them this time. Alison may not be able to save the Arabian--because she is in danger herself!
What does the inside of an eight-sided house look like? That's what Alison Leigh Powers, Super Sleuth, wants to know--more than anything. She decides to find out. Armed with a plate of chocolate chip cookies, she is faced with the Nasties, a pair of not-too-nice kidnappers, who are inside the Octagon House--and not for a good reason!
Alison Leigh Powers, 11, and best friend, Mitty, look for a secret hiding place in an old mansion. They learn the history of the house from the builder's granddaughter, who is now ninety-two years old. She tells them that her grandfather's first wife mysteriously disappeared. Alison and Mitty find old letters in a trunk, and do research in the mansion's library with the help of Alison's mother, who works there as a librarian and book conservator. When they piece together what really happened to ... more info>>