Together with her best friend and reluctant sidekick Meat, Herculeah Jones meets a famous mystery author, Mathias King, aka The Murder King. King's novels mirror gruesome, real-life murders - particularly A Slash of Life
, which is about an unsolved local stabbing. Many people believe Mathias King knows too much. Could he be responsible for the crime? With a little help from Meat, Herculeah's sure she can find out. But Meat seems too busy with his new girlfriend to give Herculeah a hand. Can she solve the mystery on her own, or will Meat find a way to juggle dating and sleuthing?
©2006 Betsy Byars; (P)2008 Penguin